Performed tremendously intense with numerously unforgettable outbursts of laughter and sobbing by the man-in-a-frock and pumps Philipp Caspari, the unbelievably feign female congregation of mourners Valerie Pachner, Marie Seiser and Michaela Steiger or the Asian body bending of Yui Kawaguchi.
Alexander Strauch, 24.05.2014
It was a stimulating and worthwhile enactment where the artists understood and executed the diversity of a universal metaphor successfully. The meticulous conceptual process of cooperation was an achievement standing symbolically for new possibilities.
Hümpel characterizes her figures through lovingly ironic speaking masks […] framed in softly choreographed living paintings. Glanert's music for the eight instrumentalists of the ensemble Piano Possibile is held discretely and quiet in the background as long as a little dance is not dared. It is however more then just background music that completes the serene stylization which Hümpel has draped over Canetti's bleak thoughts.
Robert Braunmüller, 20.05.2014
Nevertheless this evening had […] as a whole, theatrically strong moments. Attributed mostly to Hümpel's theatrical choreography unfolding on Oliver Proske's end of days stage littered with plastic trash endlessly rotating […] how societal attitudes - dark, assiduity, loyalty to the system, uncertainty, protest, jealousy, flattery - are stylized into posture is impressive. A masterful physical theater where Hümpel tactfully stages vivid tableaux.
Detlef Brandenburg, 22.05.2014
Nicola Hümpel und Oliver Proske über die Entwicklung von Nico and the Navigators im Gespräch mit Sophie Becker
Sophie Becker, 2013
Published by Verlag Theater der Zeit and celebrating their fifteen year anniversary is the delightfully titled book „The Earth hangs on to Man and on him the Heavens“ – a quote from “Kain, Wenn & Aber”. It is a gently flowing publication in a landscape format beautifully presenting photographs from the many performances.
Petra Castell, 12.12.2013
British and Scottish baroque music are married with folk traditions, clowning, dance and song in this evening of fine musicianship and playful absurdity.
Shirley Apthorp, 22.12.2013
Instinctively you grasp the soft organ tighter, startled. Your own pulse even beats faster. And yet I am only holding onto a throbbing beatbox connected with a cable. Aren’t I? I am holding a dancer’s heart in my hands.
Kawaguchi has created an outstanding concept: she brings 3D imagery and live performance into direct contact with each other and peppers the show with different questions.
Michaela Schlagenwerth, 21.02.2015
In collaboration with film director and visual artist Yoshimasa Ishibashi, she has produced a total work of art lasting three quarters of an hour and of a coherence that is as surprising as it is relaxing.
Volkmar Draeger, 20.02.2015
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