THE MAKING OF BERLIN
07 July 2016, the creators of BERLIN have just performed their show Zvizdal at the Berliner Festspiele. They meet an elderly but sturdy German man. They get talking and are fascinated by his improbable life. A few conversations and weeks later, they decide to link the last part of their Holocene cycle to him, in which they each focus on a city or village somewhere in the world.
The Making of Berlin is a portrait of a city built around the extraordinary life of a Berliner who worked as an orchestra director with the Berliner Philharmoniker. A man who would love to go back in time to complete an unfinished chapter in his life. BERLIN took it upon itself, with the help of Opera Ballet Vlaanderen's orchestra and radio station Klara, among others, to help the man realise his dream. Gradually, however, they find cracks in his story and the whole project is called into question.
• The work of the BERLIN company always finds itself at the crossroads between documentary and theatre. Armed with cameras, interview techniques, editing tables and actors, they immerse themselves in situations and unravel various storylines. BERLIN is now on the Kaaitheater programme for the first time as part of PeriferiK.
“As masters of storytelling, Yves Degryse and co. pull out all the stops again to completely draw their audience into the story, not in the least thanks to their exciting plot and multi-layered editing.” — #jury23
direction Yves Degryse | with (on stage) Yves Degryse Geert De Vleesschauwer/Bregt Janssens, Rozanne Descheemaeker/Diechje Minne/Matea Majic [horn] | with (in film) Friedrich Mohr, Stefan Lennert, Martin Wuttke, Symfonisch Orkest Opera Ballet Vlaanderen olv Alejo Pérez, Yves Degryse, Chantal Pattyn, Werner Buchholz, Krijn Thijs, Caroline Große, Michael Becker, Claire Hoofwijk, Alejandro Urrutia, Marek Burák, Marvyn Pettina, Alisa Tomina, Farnaz Emamverdi, Jane Seynaeve, Eveline Martens, Jessica Ridderhof, Geert De Vleesschauwer, Sam Loncke, Manu Siebens, Kurt Lannoye, & the Opera Ballet Vlaanderen team [Jan Vandenhouwe, Lise Thomas, Eva Knapen & Christophe De Tremerie] | video & editing Geert De Vleesschauwer, Fien Leysen & Yves Degryse | internship editing Maria Feenstra | drone images Yorick Leusink & Solon Lutz | ‘making of’ documentary series Fien Leysen | scenography Manu Siebens | construction set Manu Siebens, Ina Peeters, Rex Tee, Joris Festjens | set dressing and construction film Jessica Ridderhof, Klaartje Vermeulen, Ruth Lodder & Ina Peeters | music composition and mix Peter Van Laerhoven | musicians Rozanne Descheemaeker of Diechje Minne/Matea Majic [on stage], Symfonisch Orkest Opera Ballet Vlaanderen olv Alejo Pérez, Peter Van Laerhoven, Tim Coenen [in film] | mixing orchestra Maarten Buyl | sound design & technique Arnold Bastiaanse | sound recording Bas De Caluwé, Maarten Moesen & Bart Vandebril | technical coordination Manu Siebens & Geert De Vleesschauwer | technicians Bregt Janssens, Jurgen Fonteijn, Hans De Prins | production coordination Jessica Ridderhof | production support Germany Daniela Schwabe & Gordon Schirmer | research Wagner Clem Robyns | stage research Annika Serong | photography Koen Broos & Gordon Schirmer | finance Tine Verhaert | finance (until 2021) Kurt Lannoye | administration Jane Seynaeve | technical coordination BERLIN Marjolein Demey | distribution Eveline Martens | communication Sam Loncke | production BERLIN | coproduction DE SINGEL [Antwerpen, BE], le CENTQUATRE-PARIS [FR], Opera Ballet Vlaanderen [BE], Voo?uit [Gent, BE], C-TAKT [Limburg, BE], Theaterfestival Boulevard [Den Bosch, NL], Berliner Festspiele [DE] | with the support of de Vlaamse Overheid, Sabam for Culture, Tax Shelter van de Belgische Federale Overheid via Flanders Tax Shelter | thanks to Linnen Berlin, Xaveriuscollege (Antwerpen), Zaal Billy (Merksem), corso (Berchem), Klara, Oderberger Hotel, Het nieuwstedelijk, De Munt - La Monnaie, Cornelius Puschke, Lisa Homburger, Jill Barnes, Anneleen Selleslach, Max-Philip Aschenbrenner, Carena Schlewitt, Myriam De Clopper, Dirk Rochtus, Anneleen Hermans, Tim Coenen, Mark Reybrouck, Karen Vermeiren, Guido Spruyt, Hannes D’Hoine, Niels Kloet, Roel Gelderland, Mark Dedecker, Eric Mostert/VMOO, Cees Vossen