20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd June 2019

Chiesa di S.Gregorio – Ancona


A famous pianist realizes on stage that she studied the wrong concerto – a neurosurgeon swaps head and body of two monkeys, they stay alive – in Japan there are 700 000 people living as hikikomori, withdrawn in their sleeping rooms for at least a year, away from social life – Six degrees of separation, a theory that everyone is six or fewer steps away from any other person in the world. A large array of dispersed stories will be offered to the audience. Berlin will encounter the people behind the little or great stories in international magazines, newspapers, specialized internet sites, youtube. The themes brought up in these stories will be eclectic: from a philosophic proposition, over a scientific detail, to an anecdote…

Thirty stories, transformed to thirty filmed monologues with a dramaturgy that gives them a certain coherence. The duration of each narrative will be exactly the same and multiple interactions will intervene at different moments. A one–on–one performance for 30 spectators, around one round table.

creation BERLIN (Bart Baele, Yves Degryse)

soundtrack and mixing Peter Van Laerhoven

text Kirsten Roosendaal, Yves Degryse, Bart Baele

camera Geert De Vleesschauwer

adaption Bart Baele, Geert De Vleesschauwer, Yves Degryse

scene BERLIN, Manu Siebens

technical direction Robrecht Ghesquière

production BERLIN

coproduction Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg [DE], KunstenfestivaldesArts [Bruxelles – BE], le CENTQUATRE [Parigi – FR], Dublin Theatre Festival [IE], Centrale Fies [Dro – IT], Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival [Groningen – NL], La Bâtie – Festival de Genève [CH], Zomer van Antwerpen [BE]

coproduced by NXTSTP, supported by EU Culture Programme and ONDA – Office national de diffusion artistique

BERLIN is associated artist at CENTQUATRE [Parigi – FR] supported by Flemish Government 

The starting point of each performance of BERLIN is located in a city or a region somewhere on the planet. Characteristic is its documentary and interdisciplinary work methods. Focusing on a specific research question, it engages different media depending on the content of the project. Their unique approach is acknowledged by the Flemish Government which in 2015 awards BERLIN with the Culture Prize for the Performing Arts.

Bart Baele and Yves Degryse set up BERLIN in 2003, together with Caroline Rochlitz. They start a series called Holocene [the geological era] with the performance Jerusalem, followed by Iqaluit, Bonanza, Moscow and Zvizdal. A few years later BERLIN kicks off a a new cycle Horror Vacui [the fear of emptiness] of which Tagfish, Land’s End, Perhaps All The Dragons, Remember The Dragons and True Copy are the first five episodes. BERLIN is currently working on the final instalment in the Holocene-series, The Making of BERLIN. The performance has its premiere on May 7, 2020 at deSingel [Antwerp, BE].

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