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 & direction BERLIN [Bart Baele and Yves Degryse] Video BERLIN and Geert De Vleesschauwer
Video editing BERLIN and Geert De Vleesschauwer Scenography Manu Siebens,
Ina Peeters and BERLIN
Musical composition Peter Van Laerhoven Music Tim Coenen and Peter Van Laerhoven
Sound recordings Maarten Buyl Technical coordination Manu Siebens and Geert De Vleesschauwer
Technical Internship Anneleen Selleslach Production management Jessica Ridderhof
Research Germany Cornelius Puschke and Lisa Homburger Internship research Annika Serong
Production BERLIN Business Management Kurt Lannoye
Administration Jane Seynaeve Distribution Eveline Martens
Communications Sam Loncke
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 (Podiumfonds) - BERLIN is creative associate at deSingel international arts campus [Antwerp, BE] and artiste associé at le CENTQUATRE-PARIS [FR]