7 July 2016. Not long after a Zvizdal performance during the Berliner Festspiele BERLIN’s Bart Baele and Yves Degryse bump into a plucky 90-year-old German. They chat in the foyer and immediately become fascinated with the man’s life story. Telephone numbers are exchanged. A couple of chats and as many weeks later the two decide to make him the centre of a show: a dyed-in-the-wool Berliner who, for years, worked as orchestra stagemanager for the Berliner Philharmoniker.

The making of Berlin tells the story of a man with an exceptional track record who would love to travel back in time to finish an unfinished chapter of his life. BERLIN helps him reenact and make this unfulfilled dream come true. That’s the idea anyway. Soon, however, cracks appear in his story, and a spanner is thrown in the works.

The show is the final part in the Holocene Cycle, the framework within which BERLIN has been making city portraits over the course of 15 years. After Jerusalem, Iqaluit, Bonanza, Moscow and Zvizdal comes this last segment that takes place in the city of Berlin. The making of Berlin is another intriguing narrative with live musicians on stage, true-to-life stories and documentary images.

photo © Koen Broos


Video and audio


concept and direction BERLIN [Bart Baele and Yves Degryse] text Yves Degryse
with [film] Friederich Mohr,
Martin Wuttke,
more tbc
supporting actors [film] Claire Hoofwijk,
Alejandro Urrutia,
Marek Burák,
Caroline Große,
Marvyn Pettina,
Farnaz Emamverdi,
more tbc
video and video editing Geert De Vleesschauwer and Fien Leysen 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 [film] Symfonisch Orkest Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
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 Danielle Schwabe and Gordon Schirmer casting germany Cornelius Puschke
assistance casting germany Lisa Homburger internship research Annika Serong
production BERLIN business management Kurt Lannoye
administration Jane Seynaeve sales Eveline Martens
communications Sam Loncke thanks to Clem Robyns
deSingel international arts campus [Antwerp, BE], le CENTQUATRE-PARIS [FR], Opera Ballet Vlaanderen [BE], Vooruit [Ghent, BE], C-TAKT [Limburg, BE], Theaterfestival Boulevard [Den Bosch, NL] with the support of the Flemish Government, 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]