Berlin - True Copy
© Koen Broos
Sun. 08.09.2019 - Mon. 09.09.2019
Het TheaterFestival

Berlin

True Copy
Sun 08.09.'19
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Mon 09.09.'19

A brilliantly contrived lie

On May 6 1994 the gendarmes break into Geert Jan Jansen’s French country estate, where they find more than 1600 works by the likes of Picasso, Dali, Appel, Matisse and Hockney. Striking detail: most of them have actually been painted by the Dutchman. For more than twenty years, Geert has managed to fool the art world, so convincingly so that Picasso and Appel themselves unwittingly provided certificates of authenticity for his creations. To this day, museums worldwide have been exhibiting works by Geert Jan which nobody would single out as forgeries. A spelling mistake eventually lays bare Geert Jan’s illicit activity, and a German superintendent catches him. He becomes an overnight sensation and one of the most famous art world swindlers.

After BERLIN’s 'Perhaps All The Dragons', in which Geert Jan makes his first appearance as one of the thirty story tellers, 'True Copy' puts him centre stage. Over the years, and in the shadow of the masters, he has been perfecting his skill. Geert Jan’s work and life is a constant balancing act on the tightrope between fiction and reality, in the permanent hope of not tumbling down. He is a perfect protagonist, whose story far exceeds the realm of the personal. In this new component of the Horror Vacui series, BERLIN puts Geert Jan himself on stage. The internal cogwheels that keep this complex man ticking act as a manual for laying bare the hypocrisy inside the art world. What does truthfulness really mean? And isn’t it much more refreshing to go along with a brilliantly packaged lie?

In 'True Copy', BERLIN use their idiosyncratic style to merge two different worlds and realities on stage. Together with the protagonist, they put the finger on a festering open sore in the art world. By the same token they also tell the universal story of one man who tries to hold his own inside a web of lies. Or variations on the truth.

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"Met True Copy maakt Berlin razend interessant docutheater over Geert Jan Jansen, ‘de grootste meestervervalser van de eeuw."

De Standaard

BERLIN creëert projecten die vertrekken vanuit een stad of streek ergens op deze wereld. Kenmerkend is de documentaire en interdisciplinaire manier van werken. Vanuit een een specifieke onderzoeksvraag of interesse, maakt BERLIN gebruik van verschillende media, afhankelijk van de inhoud van het project. Een aanpak die in de smaak valt en hen in 2015 de Vlaamse Cultuurprijs voor Podiumkunsten oplevert.

Bart Baele en Yves Degryse richten BERLIN op in 2003, samen met Caroline Rochlitz. Ze starten de reeks Holoceen (naar het geologische tijdperk) met de voorstellingen Jerusalem, Iqaluit, Bonanza, Moscow en Zvizdal. Enkele jaren later vat BERLIN een nieuwe cyclus aan: Horror Vacui (angst voor de leegte), waarvan Tagfish, Land’s End, Perhaps All The Dragons en Remember The Dragons de eerste vier episodes vormen. In de meest recente voorstelling binnen de Horror Vacui-reeks, True Copy, duikt BERLIN diep in het leven van meestervervalser Geert Jan Jansen. In mei 2020 gaat The Making of BERLIN in première, het sluitstuk van de Holoceen-cyclus.

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Credits

Concept & regie BERLIN (Bart Baele en Yves Degryse) - performance: Geert Jan Jansen -camera: BERLIN, Geert De Vleesschauwer, Jessica Ridderhof, Dirk Bosmans - montage: BERLIN, Geert De Vleesschauwer, Fien Leysen - scenografie:  Manu Siebens, Ina Peeters, BERLIN - muziek: Peter Van Laerhoven - live mixing: Arnold Bastiaanse of Hans De Prins-piano: Govaart Haché - cello: Katelijn Van Kerckhoven - technische coördinatie: Manu Siebens, Geert De Vleesschauwer - technische assistentie: Rex Tee - geluidsopnames: Bas De Caluwé, Maarten Moesen - licht: Barbara De Wit - productieleiding: Celeste Driesen, Jessica Ridderhof - productie: BERLIN - met steun van: de Vlaamse Overheid, de Tax Shelter Maatregel van de Belgische Federale Overheid - met dank aan: Saskia Verreycken, Diana Boro en Geert Jan Jansen voor zijn medewerking aan voorbereidingen, repetities en voorstellingen reeks 

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