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Berlin

True Copy
Wed 03.04
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Fri 05.04
Dates & tickets
  • Wed 03.04
    20:00 - 21:20
    THEATERZAAL
    Past event
  • Thu 04.04
    20:00 - 21:20
    THEATERZAAL
    Past event
  • Fri 05.04
    20:00 - 21:20
    THEATERZAAL
    Past event

 A brilliantly contrived lie

 In 2014, BERLIN came to Vooruit with ‘Perhaps all the dragons’, in which 30 people told their life story on 30 screens. One of them was Geert Jan Jansen. His life turned out to be so fascinating that BERLIN decided to devote a whole new show to it.

In 1994, French gendarmes discovered more than 1,600 works by masters such as Picasso, Dalí, Appel, Matisse and Hockney on the estate of Geert Jan Jansen. Upon closer investigation, the paintings turned out to be forgeries of Jansen’s own hand. He was so skilled in his craft that for more than twenty years he managed to fool the whole art world. To this day, four of Geert Jan’s works remain on display in museums across the globe.

For his whole life, Geert Jan has balanced on the line between truth and lies. How much hypocrisy is there in the art world? What is the value of truth at this point? And isn’t it more refreshing to be able to go along with a brilliantly contrived lie?

BERLIN won the Flemish Culture Prize for Performing Arts 2015. The jury praised the company for its “unique interdisciplinary artistic approach”. Minister of Culture Sven Gatz said: “Berlin succeeds like no other in giving the audience a special experience. Their documentary approach results in a unique kind of theatre.”

Credits

CONCEPT & DIRECTION: BERLIN [Bart Baele & Yves Degryse]
WITH: Geert Jan Jansen
ASSISTANT GEERT JAN: Luk Sponselee
VIDEO: Bart Baele & Geert De Vleesschauwer
VIDEO EDITING: BERLIN & Geert De Vleesschauwer
SET DESIGN: BERLIN, Manu Siebens & Ina Peeters
MUSICAL COMPOSITION: Peter Van Laerhoven
PIANO: Govaart Haché
CELLO: Katelijn Van Kerckhoven
SOUND RECORDING: Bas De Caluwé & Maarten Moesen
TECHNICAL COORDINATION: Manu Siebens
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: Barbara De Wit & Rex Tee
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT: Celeste Driesen & Jessica Ridderhof
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT: Kurt Lannoye
ADMINISTRATION: Jane Seynaeve
DISTRIBUTION: Eveline Martens
COMMUNICATION: Sam Loncke
PRODUCTION: BERLIN
COPRODUCTION: Brighton Festival (UK), le CENTQUATRE (Paris, FR), C-TAKT (Limburg, BE),
deSingel (Antwerp, BE), Theaterfestival Boulevard (Den Bosch, NL), Het Zuidelijk Toneel (Tilburg, NL), PACT Zollverein (Essen, DE)
WITH SUPPORT OF: the Flemish Government, Tax Shelter of the Belgian federal government, Podiumfonds
THANKS TO: Diana Boro, Geert Jan Jansen for his help in the preparation and the realization of the performance
BERLIN is artist in residence in deSingel (Antwerp, BE) and associated artist at le CENTQUATRE (Paris, FR) 

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