It really is the case that Schubert's classical Lieder have rarely seemed so fresh or been so cheerfully and ironically performed as they have by this ensemble, which fearlessly tears down frontiers.
...Nico and the Navigators succeed in staging the experience of being foreign and looking for one's home in this multi-layered performance of Schubert's songs so impressively that no pathos arises... creating a sound universe that comes across as modern, strong-willed and yet sensitive… At the end we hear the finale of Schubert's string quartet “Death and the Maiden” – ringing out so clearly, energetically and convincingly that for a long time the audience has no desire to go home...
Tomasz Kurianowicz, 27.9.2017
…The images come across as highly topical, yet never set up… There were many cries of “bravo” as well as long-lasting applause in the almost sold-out concert hall after a stimulating and exhilarating evening. An evening so multi-faceted that it really isn't enough to experience it only once.
Karin Coper, 29.9.2017
…To be foreign and to arrive, to be desperate and to be safe – such is the subject matter of this finely choreographed evening, staged with great focus by Nico, endowed with brilliant stage and video effects by Oliver Proske, and held in the state-owned concert hall... This is what freedom feels like.
Andreas Montag, 27.9.2017
A recital of associations – limber and yet heavy as lead, with boisterous moments and yet deeply sad, much like reality and like Schubert himself.
Frauke Thiele, 25.9.2017
"In Contrast to you" is a concert with delicate songs and sharp lyrics, a very personal evening, thoughtful and humorous.
Corinne Orlowski, 14.6.2017
A beautiful, moving concert with a pinch of melancholy and a lot of touch with reality because Kulp and Schmitz rub against each other, dueling with words, sound out where the boundaries are. Kulp impresses with impatience, power and refined lyrics, Schmitz with voice and charm.
Lilith Jogwer, 20.6.2017
Skurrile Alltagsbeobachtungen kennzeichnen dieses kurzweilige und trotzdem tiefgründige Musiktheaterstück, das wie eine Lupe funktioniert.
Ronald Klein, 21.07.2016
In her latest staging Nicola Hümpel makes use of strong associations … Schnitzler’s vision of a complete estrangement through our digital selves and societies collective isolation seems to have been fulfilled. Hümpel’s diagnosis is developed into a chamber play – which overpowers, since it’s the characters uttermost intimacy that she’s after… Befitting is the stage by Oliver Proske whose foremost priority is the self-presentation by the characters’ becoming reminiscent of a cabinet of...
Marco Frei, 28.04.2016
Boesmans wrote music for the duration of the “act”… Nicola Hümpel resolves this exceptionally. People sink into mattresses, slip from automated beds and are extraordinarily devoured by each other. On a screen, and at long last the most coherent and unapologetic use of video on stage, are close-ups of their faces. One might catch a glimpse of pure horror, the temporary insanity of lovemaking or the repulsiveness of greed…
Judith von Sternburg, 26.04.2016
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