“Sculpting Fear”

VABA LAVA lavastus Theatre, Dance

Organiser Vaba Lava

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. 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 and a public intervention. The performance is a highly visual piece that hides in haze. The performance explores the beauty of disaster and uses ephemeral structures in order to give shape to the formless. Julian Hetzel generates storms and works with weather conditions in a dissolving scenography, while exploring the physicality of fear in performance. Crash after crash after crash.

The intervention is an obstacle. It creates a rupture in the accelerated flow of the city life. It take place outside the theatre, in the streets. The image of the lying body is charged and an obvious provocation towards security and the public order. Everything is under control – bodies are lying on the floor.

Julian Hetzel (born 1981 in Germany) is an Amsterdam-based performance artist, musician and visual artist. Hetzel develops works along the trinity of Theatre, Music and Media that have a political dimension and a documentary approach. He studied at Bauhaus University with a focus on audio-visual communication and graduated from DasArts – an artistic research laboratory for new forms of theatre and performing arts in Amsterdam. As a young artist, his works have been presented at many of the main performing arts festivals in Europe.

Duration: Performance 60 minutes

Interventions: 20 min per location, check for specific times and venues in Facebook of Vaba Lava.

Premier on 13th May 2016.

After the second performance on 14th May 2016 there is artists´ talk with the audience.




  • Director Julian Hetzel
  • Dramaturg Miguel Angel Melgares
  • Scenography Nico de Rooij
  • Sound design & music Natalia Dominguez Rangel
  • Costume design Gertjan Franciscus
  • Technician Raoul Sleijser
  • Floor construction David Hunneman
  • Production management Yola Parie
  • Assistant production Irene Hagemans
  • Produced by SPRING Performing Arts Festival Utrecht with support of Fonds Podiumkunsten (The Netherlands) Gemeente Utrecht and through the framework of SPACE – Supporting Performing Art Circulation in Europe
  • Coproduction South East Dance Brighton, Quadrennial Prague

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