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17 - 28/06/2016

photo: Martin Wickenhaeuser
Galleryphoto: Martin Wickenhaeuser
  • Here we are. We crossed the end. There is an app for everything, for the weather forecast, for the next date, for controlling the pulse, for the way home, for counting the steps. Nobody needs to get lost anymore. Nobody needs to get wet. Nobody needs to be alone. Nobody needs to know. Everything is under control. All data – big or small – are in the cloud. Everything is transparent yet nothing can be seen.

    Sculpting Fear consists of two related yet separate parts: a performance (for the stage) and a public intervention (for the streets of a city). Both are complementary elements that tackle different aspects of the matter.


    We live in a time of scenarios and simulations. In an increasingly complex world we are asking for transparency, for clarification and simplicity. We are afraid of what we don’t know, of what we don’t see. We look away from what is in front of our very eyes since we are facing the black mirror of the screen. It is the fear of the unknown, of the stranger, of the Other, of the future that makes us shiver. In this project Julian Hetzel highlights the dark side of the human condition while his performers explore the physicality of fear.

    Sculpting Fear is a highly visual piece that uses ephemeral structures in order to give shape to the formless. A starting point for the performance is the omnipresent but invisible data cloud. The concept of the cloud links aspects from religion, technology and nature. Hetzel generates storms and works with weather conditions towards primal fear in a vaporized scenography. Sculpting fear takes the spectator where all colors agree – in the dark

  • JULIAN HETZEL works as performance maker, musician and visual artist. He develops works along the intersection of theatre, music and media that have a political dimension and a documentary approach. His works are produced and presented internationaly: (Frascati Amsterdam(NL), Festival a/d Werf Utrecht (NL), Spielart-Festival Munich (DE), Theater der Welt Mannheim, Deutsches National Theater Weimar, Brut Vienna (AT), STUK Leuven (BE), National Theatre Riga (LV), Espacios Revelados Buenos Aires (ARG), Quadrienale Prague (CZ). Recently, he was awarded the “Nieuwe-Makers-subsidie” from the Dutch Fonds Podiumkunsten and is the associated artist at SPRING Performing Arts Festival Utrecht for 2015 – 17.

    Julian Hetzel is Born in the Black Forest (DE), currently based in Utrecht (NL). He studied at Bauhaus University Weimar with a focus on visual communication (Diploma 2008). He is founding member of the electro-pop band Pentatones. He graduated from DasArts; Amsterdam an artistic research laboratory for new forms of theatre and performing arts (Master of Theatre) in 2013.

  • Director: Julian Hetzel
    Performer: Tomislav Feller, Miri Lee, Eva Susova, Svetlin Velchev
    Dramaturg: Miguel Angel Melgares
    Sound design & music: Natalia Dominguez Rangel
    Costumedesign: Gertjan Franciscus
    Light Design: Nico de Rooij
    Produced by: SPRING Performing Arts Festival Utrecht
    With support of: Fonds Podiumkunsten (NL), Gemeente Utrecht, SPACE – Supporting Performing Art Circulation in Europe, South East Dance Brighton through residency and Quadrennial Prague