"luring depth...heavy-blooded and at the same time very cheerful... in search of the exhilaration, the simple and the complicated, after a desert night or a spiritual inspiration... It is always the sensitive and the seekers who entrust themselves to the drug... But the drug can be many things. And so "Heaven in Pity" seems more mature than you might expect, smarter. And is strangely beautiful...The intoxication is a longing along the edge of a deep darkness."
Egbert Tholl, 25.11.2018
"The widened gaze...The onion, skinned, exposes a shaken core...But that's exactly what they want: to be caught in their deeply private messages...It's not by accident. It serves to widen the view into the mirror and onto the outside world. Not the worst prerequisite for continuing to make such an extraordinary musical theatre."
Jürgen Otten, December 2018
"...in their own characteristic handwriting of improvisation, eloquent body language, strong images... a multi-faceted, also self-ironic confrontation with their own artistic history and simultaneously a reflection about time... The long-lasting applause is interspersed with many bravos. The beginning of at least the next 20 years couldn't be more successful". O-Ton
Karin Coper, 7.10.2018
"That's what's really captivating about this production, that it indulges in memories and at the same time makes remembering itself its theme. The relationship to the past, to the own family history and to the artistic career... It is a quiet, tender anniversary evening, thoughtful and open..."
André Mumot, 2.10.2018
A moment of happiness emerges from a defeat... Strongly pictorial, Dadaistic, dreamy... The play with sense and nonsense distinguishes the award-winning troupe.
Ute Büsing, 2.10.2018
" Encouraging the self... Some of the pictures are almost painfully intense, often tragic and funny at the same time... Without fear of big feelings, with a little irony. Even if youth jargon is frowned upon - here it should be allowed: Geiles Theater!"
Andreas Montag, 2.10.2018
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.
Annette Stiekele, 12.01.2018
...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
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