BERLIN
Zvizdal [Chernobyl - So far so close]

  • Fri 01.07.16 20 h
  • Sat 02.07.16 20 h

Over the course of five years BERLIN accompanied Pétro and Nadia through bouts of toothache, vodka, superstition, song and prayer. Far removed from voyeurism, ›Zvizdal - [Chernobyl - So far so close]‹, which premiered in May to great success at the renowned Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, is an intense portrait of solitude, survival, poverty, hope and of love between two elderly people living with the invisible, scentless omnipresence of radiation. Blending video documentary and performance, ›Zvizdal‹ incorporates three scale models of the couple’s house and grounds depicting three seasons. Images of these models are repeatedly interspersed in the film work projected on a large screen above them in which BERLIN effortlessly amalgamate images, conversations and observations with concrete and meta strands of reflection. Following its German Premiere in Essen, the production can be seen at the Foreign Affairs festival of contemporary performing arts in Berlin.

ARTIST TALK with Bart Baele (BERLIN) on Friday, 1.7., after the performance.

 

»THE FORBIDDEN WORLD OF ZVIZDAL AND ITS COUNTRYSIDE IS BEAUTIFUL, AND SO IS THIS MASTERPIECE BY BERLIN.« THE ARGUS

»Armed with cameras, interview techniques, editing tables and actors, BERLIN portrays reality like a painter used to do: with a bit more color, lively angles of incidence and a brush setting that betrays a critical undertone.« Knack Focus

With: Nadia & Petro Opanassovitch Lubenoc
Concept: Bart Baele, Yves Degryse, Cathy Blisson
Scenography: Manu Siebens, Ina Peeters, BERLIN 
Interviews: Yves Degryse, Cathy Blisson
Camera & editing: Bart Baele, Geert De Vleesschauwer
Interpreter: Olga Mitronina
Soundtrack & mixing Peter Van Laerhoven
Construction set: Manu Siebens, Klaartje Vermeulen, Dirk Stevens, Kasper Siebens, Kopspel, Rex Tee [stagiair]
Mechanics: Joris Festjens, Dirk Lauwers
Scale model: Ina Peeters, with the help of Puck Vonk, Rosa Fens en Thomas Dreezen
Graphics: Jelle Verryckt
Website: Stijn Bonjean
Communication, production: Laura Fierens
Business management: Kurt Lannoye
Administrative support: Jane Seynaeve
Co-production: Het Zuidelijk Toneel (Tilburg), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Dublin Theatre Festival, CENTQUATRE (Paris), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brüssel), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt am Main), Theaterfestival Boulevard (Den Bosch), Onassis Cultural Centre (Athen)
In collaboration with: deSingel (Antwerp)
With support of: the Flemish Government

Thanks to: Wim Bervoets, Brice Maire, Lux Lumen, Els De Bodt, Pascal Rueff, Morgan Touzé, Christophe Ruetsch, Isabelle Grynberg, Nadine Malfait, Natalie Schrauwen, Katleen Treier, Piet Menu, Anthe & Ama Oda Baele, Remi & Ilias Degryse

 

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