To our great pleasure Nicola Hümpel received the Konrad Wolf Prize 2016 from the Academy of Arts !

The jury consisted of the Academy members Nele Hertling, Reinhild Hoffmann and Barrie Kosky. The awarding of the prize took place on 13 September 2016.

"Since their beginnings, Nico and the Navigators have been concerned with the absurdities and abysses of human behavioural rituals. They create bizarre images in which the bodies of the navigators become a narrative in their own language of movement. In their interplay, actors, dancers, singers, musicians, architects and visual artists from different countries are bringing their own experiences to the table. This is the basis on which Nicola Hümpel begins her research and improvisation work. The stories are created in the moving stage spaces of Oliver Proske, often decisively structured through the use of music. With their 'radical-poetic landscapes of thought', they direct, as Nicola Hümpel says, 'their intimate gaze as if through a magnifying glass at the germ cell of human contradictions. They want to ask primal questions about being human, without giving answers'. "(Nele Hertling)

Named after the film director and long-time president of the GDR Academy of Arts, the Konrad-Wolf-Prize is awarded annually for outstanding artistic achievements in the fields of the performing arts or film and media art. Prize winners have included Michael Haneke (1998), Jossie Wieler (2002), Lars von Trier (2004) and Christoph Schlingensief/Operndorf Burkina Faso (2015).

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