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2024
"Exciting, inspiring and moving. Great direction (…) A theater that invites you to participate. The acting performance “Game Over” at the Tif Kassel combines computer games with bitter reality."
– Andreas Köthe in HNA
"Empathy: podcast with Nikita Dhawan and Julian Hetzel"
– Des Pudels Kern
"Diarrhea is my Favorite Color has a serious smell – that of subversiveness."
– Evelyne Coussens in De Morgen
"Diarrhea is my Favorite Color is a hilarious ode to not following rules"
– Lorianne van Gelder in Het Parool
"A raised middle finger to the pressure to perform and conform"
– Sam Simons in et-cetera
"Structured like a crazy audition, it's hard to lean back in your theater seat in this performance for young and old."
– Marina Kaptijn in PZAZZ
"‘Diarrhea is my Favorite Color': a shit piece you have to see"
– Floris Baeke in De Standaard ★★★★
"[The children] will probably carry this theater experience with them for the rest of their lives."
– Shira Keller in NRC Handelsblad ★★★★
"On a Sunday afternoon in Den Bosch, Artemis and Hetzel actually restored the honour of anarchy and rebellion"
– Theaterkrant, Fransien van der Putt (critic's choice)
"Those who love anarchy are lucky"
– De Volkskrant, Vincent Kouters ★★★★
"Theater for children and adults: 'Diarrhea is My Favorite Color' makes both laugh"
– Simone Vos in Brabants Dagblad
2023
"No matter how unpredictable the performances of 'professional provocateur' Julian Hetzel are, one thing is sure: you will leave the theater with a knot in your stomach."
– Annette Embrechts in e-tcetera
"In 'SPAfrica' by Ntando Cele and Julian Hetzel, real and unreal, autobiographical material and theatrical tricks are intertwined from beginning to end."
– Marina Kaptijn in PZAZZ
"Land of Plenty podcast episode #3: co-founder of Extinction Rebellion UK Clare Farrell and prominent politician in the government of Amsterdam, among other things responsible for social affairs and shelter, Rutger Groot Wassink interviewed by Miquel and Ed"
"Land of Plenty podcast episode #2: political commentator Ece Temelkuran and author Jaap Scholten interviewed by Miquel"
– De Balie Podcast
"Land of Plenty podcast episode #1: author Arnon Grunberg and director of DutchCulture Kirsten van den Hul interviewed by Ed"
– De Balie Podcast
"With the uncomfortable art project There Will Be Light, 'professional provocateur' Julian Hetzel explored the economy hope. A throwback"
– Theaterkrant, Annette Embrechts
"Reality catching up with art and then being sent back into its cage. Impressive"
– Theaterkrant, Fransien van der Putt
"The clever performance SPAfrica takes a closer look at white audiences’ empathy ★★★★☆"
– De Volkskrant, Annette Embrechts
"It's a call for critical dialogue rather than hollow “alliances”"
– NRC Handelsblad, Marijn Lems
"Clever, complex, irritating and at the same time extremely entertaining and humorous"
– Theater der Zeit, Teresa Schütz
"It seems like the performer is always one step ahead of the audience, exposing and confronting even the most ‘naturalized,’ yet inherently racist assumptions and associations."
– SPRING report, Agata Kok
"Een Uur Cultuur - Interview"
– NPO Radio 1, Teddy Tops
"Combining clean design and a sharp sense of humor with raw and explosive content, Julian Hetzel's works present ambiguous and sometimes politically incorrect invitations for independent thinking."
– "Doing Dramaturgy: Thinking Through Theatre" by Prof. dr. Maaike Bleeker
2022
"In art and media, trauma is gold – a conversation with Julian Hetzel on his show All Inclusive"
– Poptown, Julia Czub
"There Will Be Light zet aan het denken over de waarde van geld, en waarom we het nooit over herverdeling hebben"
– De Volkskrant, Vincent Kouters
"Sex, drugs and a basic income at SPRING theatre festival SPRING"
– NRC Handelsblad, Sander Janssen
"The uncanny ambiguity of hope – Julian Hetzel’s There Will Be Light"
– Metropolis M, Joris van den Einden
"There Will Be Light: Hetzel takes another critical look at social relations"
– NRC Handelsblad, Marijn Lems
"Money. We think about it so much, but do we actually know what we need it for?"
– SPRING blog, Migle Markulyte
2021
"Theatre maker Julian Hetzel: I claimed the role of the parasite"
– Het Parool, Elise van Dam
"We ordered a head of Adolf Hitler in bronze and I have to admit that fascism was too hard to break because a bronze statue was really a tough thing to grind."
– Interview with Julian Hetzel - SPRING Podcast
"This project also aims to stimulate the process of transformation, the process of looking how a negative resource or trauma can be used in a pro-active way. It kinds of provide a new perspective or at least something for the present to work with."
– KLAP
2020
"With Mount Average, Hetzel adds another exciting, ambiguous work to his oeuvre. – ★★★★☆"
– NRC Handelsblad, Sander Janssens
"Playful tour in the factory of the future."
– Theaterkrant, Moos van den Broek
"The installatie Mount Average calls for reflection. ★★★★"
– De Volkskrant, Karin Veraart
"The wall between the theater and the street should disappear – A conversation with Julian Hetzel"
– Mister Motley, Milo Vermeire
2019
"Abrasive satire"
– La Liberation (French)
2018
"Julian Hetzel presents another politically charged performance at the intersection of theater and visual arts. – ★★★★"
– Knack Focus
"All inclusive offers painfully recognizable scenes, where you have to laugh as often as you frown. Hetzel unmasks the often too grandiose intentions of art and casts a critical light on the thin line between engagement and exploitation, including his own. – ★★★★☆"
– De Standaard
"All Inclusive is a performance as brilliant as it is painful, an attack on our own morality. – ★★★★★"
– Theaterkrant, Moos van den Broek
"All Inclusive by Julian Hetzel is a confident performance about the boundary between engagement and empathy porn. The casting of Kristien De Proost is a masterstroke. – ★★★★"
– NRC Handelsblad, Marijn Lems
2017
"Julian Hetzel: The border between an artist and an activist is thin."
– Interview in MaCulture (French)
"Hetzel shows the porous border between art, gaming and war."
– Theaterkrant, Fransien van der Putt
2014
"The discomfort in the neo-liberal culture"
– e-tcetera, Pieter T’Jonck
"At a time when artworks are destroyed by terrorists this performance becomes tremendously topical. – ★★★★★"
– Kurier Vienna