het Theater Festival

“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.”


“The brilliant theatre film The making of Berlin is overwhelming from start to finish.”

De Standaard

“One of the most important productions of this year.”

De Volkskrant

“Ingeniously layered.”


The Making of Berlin

BERLIN / Yves Degryse


After a performance of Zvizdal during the Berliner Festspiele, the makers of BERLIN, meet a spirited, elderly German. They get talking and are immediately fascinated by his improbable life. Several discussions and weeks later, they decide to dedicate the final part of their Holocene Cycle, in which they have created a series of city portraits, to him – with Wagner’s Götterdämmerung in a crucial role.

The making of Berlin is a portrait of a city, constructed around the story of a Berliner who worked as an orchestral conductor at the Berlin Philharmonic. A man with an exceptional story who would like nothing more than to complete an unfinished chapter of this life. The makers want to help the man realise his dream, with the aid of amongst other the orchestra of Opera Ballet Flanders and radio station Klara. But all too soon they uncover cracks in his story.




Direction: Yves Degryse
With [onstage]: Yves Degryse, Geert De Vleesschauwer / Bregt Janssens / Eveline Martens / Marjolein Demey [alternating], Rozanne Descheemaeker / Matea Majic / Diechje Minne [alternating]
With [on film]: Friedrich Mohr, Martin Wuttke, Stefan Lennert, Werner Buchholz, Alisa Tomina, Krijn Thijs, Chantal Pattyn, Symphonic Orchestra Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Alejo Pérez, Caroline Große, Michael Becker, Claire Hoofwijk, Alejandro Urrutia, Marek Burák, Marvyn Pettina, Farnaz Emamverdi, team BERLIN: Jane Seynaeve, Eveline Martens, Yves Degryse, Jessica Ridderhof, Geert De Vleesschauwer, Sam Loncke, Manu Siebens, Kurt Lannoye, team Opera Ballet Vlaanderen: Jan Vandenhouwe, Lise Thomas, Eva Knapen, Christophe De Tremerie
Video and video editing: Geert De Vleesschauwer, Fien Leysen, Yves Degryse
Internship and video editing: Maria Feenstra
Drone shots: Yorick Leusink and Solon Lutz
Behind the scenes footage: Fien Leysen
Scenography: Manu Siebens
Set construction: Manu Siebens, Ina Peeters, Rex Tee, Joris Festjens
Set construction and film design: Jessica Ridderhof, Klaartje Vermeulen, Ruth Lodder, Ina Peeters
Musical composition and mixing: Peter Van Laerhoven
Live music: Rozanne Descheemaeker or Diechje Minne/Matea Majic
Music film: Peter Van Laerhoven, Tim Coenen, Symphonic Orchestra Opera Ballet Vlaanderen conducted by Alejo Pérez
Mixing orchestra: Maarten Buyl
Live sound design and mixing: Arnold Bastiaanse
Sound recordings: Bas De Caluwé, Maarten Moesen, Bart Vandebril
Translation and subtitling: Dorien Beckers, Maria Feenstra, Annika Serong, Nadine Malfait, Isabelle Grynberg
Technical coordination: Manu Siebens, Geert De Vleesschauwer, Marjolein Demey
Bregt Janssens, Jurgen Fonteijn, Hans De Prins
Production management: Jessica Ridderhof
Production assistance Germany: Daniela Schwabe, Gordon Schirmer
Research Wagner: Clem Robyns
Internship research:Annika Serong
Photography: Koen Broos, Gordon Schirmer
Business management: Tine Verhaert
Business management [until 2021]: Kurt Lannoye
Day-to-day coordination and production: Jane Seynaeve
Distribution: Eveline Martens
Communications: Sam Loncke
Production: BERLIN
Coproduction: DE SINGEL [Antwerp, BE], le CENTQUATRE-PARIS [FR], Opera Ballet
Vlaanderen [BE], VIERNULVIER [Ghent, BE], C-TAKT [Limburg, BE], Theaterfestival Boulevard [Den Bosch, NL], Berliner Festspiele [DE]
With the support of:
the Flemish Government, Sabam for Culture, Tax Shelter of the
Belgian federal goverment via Flanders Tax Shelter
Thank to: Linnen Berlin, Xaveriuscollege, Zaal Billy, corso, Klara, Oderberger Hotel, Het nieuwstedelijk, De Munt - La Monnaie, Cornelius Puschke, Lisa Homburger, Jill Barnes, Aino El Sohl, Natasha Padabed, Max-Philip Aschenbrenner, Carena Schlewitt, Myriam De Clopper, Barbara Raes, Dirk Rochtus, Anneleen Hermans, Mark Reybrouck, Karen Vermeiren, Guido Spruyt, Hannes D'Hoine, Niels Kloet, Roel Gelderland, Mark Dedecker, Eric Mostert/VMOO, Cees Vossen
BERLIN is associated artist at DE SINGEL [Antwerp, BE] and artiste associé at le CENTQUATRE-PARIS [FR]

€22 / +65: €20 / -26: €18 / -18: €14
duration: 110 min.
language: Dutch (40%) & German (60%) with English surtitles