Lucky days, Fremder!

In their first piece, Nico and the Navigators investigate the various forms and rituals involved in taking one’s leave. Taking leave of people and places, taking leave of phases of life and of existence itself.

Lucky days, Fremder!

In the first piece of the cycle Menschenbilder, NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS explore the most diverse forms and rituals of farewell. Farewells to people and places, farewells to phases of life and to existence itself. 

 

A production by NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS and the Sophiensæle. Supported by the Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft Forschung und Kultur and the Kulturfonds Foundation. In co-operation with the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

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Press reviews

Welt am Sonntag

…full of fantasy and wit, full of seriousness and comedy, full of grace and gracefulness – and always a bit crazy as well…

Welt am Sonntag

...Nicola Hümpel with imagination, wit, grace and grace in the sophiensælen. That the camera clan spontaneously bursts into applause during a photo rehearsal is an absolute rarity at the theater... The help of the senator of culture was well invested, because what the five actors conjure up in a mixture of picture fun and text puzzles in 80 minutes is an extremely charming and poetic story about saying goodbye... Full of fantasy and wit, full of seriousness and comedy, full of grace and gracefulness - and always a bit crazy as well... From improvised offerings Nicola Hümpel forms a whole, which in a highly entertaining way also remains mysterious and in a cheerful way stimulates thoughtfulness. A kind of abstract theater like Max Ernst might paint...

Matthias Gabriel / Volksstimme

…The quintet around director Nicola Hümpel dealt with the complex topic of farewell in an idiosyncratic and sometimes hilarious way in “Lucky days, stranger!”….

Matthias Gabriel / Volksstimme

...The quintet around director Nicola Hümpel dealt in "Lucky days, stranger!" in an idiosyncratic and sometimes hilarious way with the complex topic of farewell. As cryptic as the monologues of the actors were, as bizarre the actions on the stage built by Oliver Proske... Fantastic and full of surprises was the stage consisting of a several meters high wall... After the short one-hour play, a kaleidoscope of pictures, text fragments, light and sounds, it was clear: the young actors acted sovereign with their gestures and facial expressions. They convinced with their acting performance as before in Berlin and Bonn...

Bonner Rundschau

…beautiful imagery, lots of whimsical wit, and quirky, sometimes puzzling ideas….

Bonner Rundschau

...With a beautiful imagery, a lot of whimsical wit and quirky, sometimes puzzling ideas, the group Nico and the Navigators presented their performance about togetherness, farewell and loneliness last weekend in the Theater im Ballsaal...

Lorenz Tomerius / Saarbrücker Zeitung

…Great discovery on a small stage…

Lorenz Tomerius / Saarbrücker Zeitung

...Great discovery on a small stage. New star in the dance sky? "Nico and the Navigators" inspire in the sophiensælen... The so lively as strange amiable fun is applauded vehemently... The actors emerge or disappear with props, which are also their essence...

Irene Bazinger / Berliner Zeitung

…an excellent quintet of ingenious oddballs who, parallel action here, ensemble scene there, shine out of their bizarre encapsulation….

Irene Bazinger / Berliner Zeitung

...Already "I have also been to America" was a free-associative journey through the cosmos of human behavioral rituals. Now the ceremonies of farewell themselves move into the center... In a striking mixture of speech, dance and absurd theater, director Nicola Hümpel mixes surreal image fantasies and grotesque text concentrates... is played with meticulous bravura... Verena Schonlau, Sinta Timsjadi, Martin Clausen, Matthias Grupp and Patric Schott are an excellent quintet of clever eccentrics, who, parallel action here, ensemble scene there, shine out of their bizarre encapsulation...

Neues Deutschland

…Under the direction of Nicola Hümpel, the group brings fresh, young picture theater to the stage…

Neues Deutschland

...It is not often that one can understand funding decisions of the Advisory Board for Independent Groups of the Performing Arts on the basis of the artistic results. So it is all the more gratifying when one does come across a production that has the potential to be one of the famous exceptions to the rule. "Lucky days , Stranger" is one such example.... Under the direction of Nicola Hümpel, the group brings fresh, young picture theater to the stage...

Der Tagesspiegel

… “Lucky days, stranger!” is a sketch about civilized loneliness. Performed with absurd charm and accurate lightness….

Der Tagesspiegel

... "Lucky days, stranger!" is a sketch about civilized loneliness. Performed with absurd charm and accurate lightness....

Michael Stallknecht / Mitteldeutsche Zeitung

… “Lucky Days” is a piece that is often puzzled, sad and cheerful, nasty and compassionate, that starts slowly, very slowly to accelerate significantly in the course…

Michael Stallknecht / Mitteldeutsche Zeitung

... "Lucky Days" is a piece with many mysteries, sad and happy, nasty and compassionate, which starts slowly, very slowly and accelerates considerably in the course... Hümpel and the five navigators create an absurd-normal world... a story of saying goodbye, but at the same time or rather one of staying...

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