After a performance of Zvizdal during the Berliner Festspiele, the makers of BERLIN, meet a spirited, elderly German. They get talking and are immediately fascinated by his improbable life. Several discussions and weeks later, they decide to dedicate the final part of their Holocene Cycle, in which they have created a series of city portraits, to him - with Wagner's Götterdämmerung in a crucial role.

The making of Berlin is a portrait of a city, constructed around the story of a Berliner who worked as an orchestral conductor at the Berlin Philharmonic. A man with an exceptional story who would like nothing more than to complete an unfinished chapter of this life. The makers want to help the man realise his dream, with the aid of amongst other the orchestra of Opera Ballet Flanders and radio station Klara. But all too soon they uncover cracks in his story.

photo © Gordon Schirmer


Video and audio


concept and direction BERLIN text Yves Degryse
with [on stage] Yves Degryse,
Geert De Vleesschauwer and Rozanne Descheemaeker [horn player]
understudies horn player Matea Majic,
Diechje Minne and Bart Cypers
with [on film] Symphonic Orchestra Opera Ballet Flanders conducted by Alejo Pérez,
Yves Degryse,
Friedrich Mohr,
Martin Wuttke,
Chantal Pattyn,
Werner Buchholz,
Krijn Thijs,
Caroline Große,
Michael Becker,
Claire Hoofwijk,
Alejandro Urrutia,
Marek Burák,
Caroline Große,
Marvyn Pettina,
Alisa Tomina,
Farnaz Emamverdi,
Jane Seynaeve,
Eveline Martens,
Jessica Ridderhof,
Geert De Vleesschauwer,
Sam Loncke,
Manu Siebens,
Kurt Lannoye,
Stefan Lennert and team Opera Ballet Flanders [Jan Vandenhouwe,
Lise Thomas,
Eva Knapen and Christophe De Tremerie]
video and video editing Geert De Vleesschauwer,
Fien Leysen and Yves Degryse
internship video editing Maria Feenstra drone shots Yorick Leusink and Solon Lutz
documentary series making of Fien Leysen scenography Manu Siebens
set design film Jessica Ridderhof,
Klaartje Vermeulen,
Ruth Lodder and Ina Peeters
musical composition Peter Van Laerhoven
music Rozanne Descheemaeker or Matea Majic/Diechje Minne/Bart Cypers [on stage],
Peter Van Laerhoven,
Tim Coenen and Symphonic Orchestra Opera Ballet Flanders conducted by Alejo Pérez [on film]
live sound design and mixing Arnold Bastiaanse
mixing orchestra Maarten Buyl sound recordings Bas De Caluwé,
Maarten Moesen and Bart Vandebril
technical coordination Manu Siebens and Geert De Vleesschauwer production management Jessica Ridderhof
production assistance germany Daniela Schwabe and Gordon Schirmer casting germany Cornelius Puschke
assistance casting germany Lisa Homburger research wagner Clem Robyns and Piet De Volder
internship research Annika Serong photography Koen Broos and Gordon Schirmer
production BERLIN business management [from 2022 on] Tine Verhaert
business management [until 2021] Kurt Lannoye administration Jane Seynaeve
distribution Eveline Martens communications Sam Loncke
thanks to Linnen Berlin,
Xaveriuscollege [Antwerp],
Zaal Billy [Merksem],
corso [Berchem],
Oderberger Hotel [Berlin],
Jill Barnes,
Anneleen Selleslach,
Aino El Sohl,
Natasha Padabed,
Max-Philip Aschenbrenner,
Carena Schlewitt,
Myriam De Clopper,
Barbara Raes,
Dirk Rochtus,
Anneleen Hermans,
Mark Reybrouck and Karen Vermeiren
DE SINGEL [Antwerp, BE], le CENTQUATRE-PARIS [FR], Opera Ballet Vlaanderen [BE], C-TAKT [Limburg, BE], Voo?uit [Ghent, BE], Theaterfestival Boulevard [Den Bosch, NL], Berliner Festspiele [DE] with the support of the Flemish Government, Sabam for Culture, Tax Shelter of the Belgian federal government via Flanders Tax Shelter BERLIN is associated artist at DE SINGEL [Antwerp, BE] and artiste associé at le CENTQUATRE-PARIS [FR]
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