BERLIN Antwerp

Perhaps all the dragons

The Antwerp collective Berlin has for years blurred the boundary between fiction and reality. Human coexistence is a common thread that runs through their work. Five years after their last stint, Berlin is back at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts with new work in 2014! Perhaps all the dragons comprises of true stories about moments of vital choices, carefully selected and then meticulously assembled and synchronised into an intriguing digital polyptych. Thirty stories come together in a round table setting with thirty screens and as many spectators. One-on-one stories that also communicate with each other and gradually reveal the contours of a global portrait. The theme is eclectic, the message universal. Monologue becomes dialogue, the table becomes a globe. In Perhaps all the dragons, BERLIN puts lives under the microscope. This is deeply human multimedia theatre. 

The starting point of each of performance by BERLIN is located in a city or a region somewhere on the planet. A characteristic feature of its approach is its documentary and interdisciplinary work methods. Focusing on a specific research question, it engages different media depending on the content of the project. Bart Baele and Yves Degryse founded BERLIN in 2003 with Caroline Rochlitz. They started the series Holocene (the Holocene is the current geological era) with the performances Jerusalem, Iqaluit, Bonanza and Moscow. A few years later BERLIN started a new cycle Horror Vacui (the fear of emptiness) of which Tagfish and Land’s End are the first two episodes. 

NXTSTP partners: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (Groningen), Dublin Theatre Festival (Dublin)