Via Berlin and our work
What happens when you use classical music as your main ingredient to convey a self-written storyline about a topical and social subject, within a theatrical setting? It might be hard to imagine, but that is what we do. ‘We’ are Via Berlin.
Via Berlin is a young, Dutch music theatre group founded in 2008, when we started off as ‘Nieuwkomer’ (newcomer) at the Dutch music theatre company Orkater. Since then, we’ve reached over 35.000 people with six productions and have grown to be an independent company.
To us text and music, as well as the actor and the musician, are two completely equal means to convey the storyline. A continuous (classical) musical line exists throughout our pieces, and often the music even gets the leading part. The text merely gives the outlines of the story, location and characters; the images and music fill in the rest.
All of the performers on stage are both actors as musicians. This way of working creates a tight unity and an organic fusion between the two disciplines, bearing in mind that the individual qualities of the performers are preserved. Making music theatre about a topical subject using classical music as the main storyteller in combination with self-written text, is unique in the Netherlands and abroad.
With social and topical subjects like ‘war’ or ‘illegal immigrants’ as the underlying theme, the plays of Via Berlin are about intimate, personal stories, which symbolize universal happenings.
Our trilogy on war was awarded with the Dutch Charlotte Kohler Prize.
Here we will guide you through our pieces.
We made a triptych about war, a diptych about illegality and a poetic duet about degeneracy and losing oneself in loneliness.
Because of the strong universal eloquence of our pieces, as well as the large share of music, the productions of Via Berlin are suitable for international performances. We are used to performing both inside and outside, on a wide variety of locations and in different languages.
We are also interested in starting up international collaborations to create new pieces together, or sharing our way of making music theatre with young people.
For bookings and further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us: