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Berlin (B)
7% installation
68% film
25% reality

It is the smallest registered town in Colorado, America, perhaps the smallest town in the world. With five friendly houses and the Rocky Mountains at its feet. The name echoes the Wild West, gold rush, cowboys, weather-tanned faces and television pictures from childhood days: Bonanza.
The “Bonanza” of Belgian artist group Berlin is a unique film portrait of a largely abandoned former silver mining town. Long gone the days when six thousand people lived there – regular customers in thirty-six saloons, seven dance halls, and a sizeable number of prostitutes. When the motto was – get there, get rich and get out. Seven inhabitants remain.
Bonanza is a microcosm, a world of its own. Submerged in seclusion and spirituality, in suspicion, accusations, gossip and fear. In the roughly one square kilometre of the town live a married couple who are constantly arguing with the neighbours, a widow suspected of being a witch, a self-sufficient, deeply religious nature boy, and a priest who constantly reads. And ‘the strangers’: a lesbian couple newly arrived, who see elves and cultivate esoteric rituals.
With a scale model and five film monitors, Berlin paint a portrait of this miniature world and seven loners damned to community, with their different strategies of finding happiness but still without being able to avoid calamity.


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Berlin (B) Biography

Produced by Berlin
Co-produced by steirischer herbst, STUK, Leuven, KVS, Brüssel, & Vooruit Gent
With kind support from Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Flanders Image & Stadt Antwerpen
Co-presented by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

Austrian Première
Fri 03/10, 5.30 pm,
Sat 04/10, 9.30 pm &
Sun 05/10, 5.30 pm & 9.30 pm


Talk following the third performance

16€ / 10€

English with German subtitles

Theater am Lend
Concept Bart Baele, Yves Degryse & Caroline Rochlitz
Photography Bart Baele & Nico Leunen
Sound recording Tom De With
Editing Bart Baele
Soundtrack / Mixing Peter Van Laerhoven
Scale model Koen De Ceuleneer

Production Graz Doris Psenicnik
Assistant Mara Verlic
Technical Head Hermann Schapek
Sound and Light Martin Schachner

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