Press reviews

machone @ X Wohnungen (2004)

One of the high spots of the first HAU season... On the way the unknown co-spectator became a sparring-partner, helping to interprete every new story. For example, who of the roommates of the messy flat with rollicking children, manipulated by Hannah Groninger and Julian Klein, was just an actor, who was original inhabitant?... On this socially utopian walk through Kreuzberg the borders between reality and art got into strong oscillation.

theater heute, Theatre of the Year 2004


Brain study (2001-2004)

One does not really believe, that what can be heard in Julian Klein's radio piece is going on in one's own head at the same time. (...) A fascinating concept, that was realized convincingly. (...) "Brain Study" is the second piece, where Julian Klein concernes with brain processes. And it is even more radical than the first one called "Innen - I think I am", that has been awarded with the Kurt-Magnus-Prize 2002. Also his second piece fulfills every expectation of experimental pleasure.


Without doubt the most mysterious part of the human body is the one which solves mysteria. (...) Medicinal technology meets radio art. This sound installation is similar to an experimental set (...) the own brain becomes part of a superbrain. Who ever thinks that he thinks, thinks only if the other one thinks. The Hessische Rundfunk will transmit Julian Kleins radio piece twice this Wednesdy, and that is a real rarity in the broadcast landscape.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


Platzende Kometen (2002)

There should be more free space for frontier crossings like this.
Göttinger Tageblatt

Primarly the precise intonation and the dynamic sounds and musical fragments of the a rose is group connect the tryptich "Platzende Kometen" (bursting comets). [...] The intended unity of the three artistic genres is reached with the third performance, naming the whole evening: "Platzende Kometen". The new music style sounds with allusion to chanson find their realization on the screen in rhythmical impulses, remembering the glowing gas masses of exploding orbs. In text, image, space, light and sound an exceptional experience. Hessische Allgemeine


wir erinnern nicht (2001)

The sounds, that the six artists produce with their instruments, oppose to all recognition... every trial of interpretation fails. A nightmare? The audience smiles confused and relieved at the same time... But the smile disappears at once, because the missing of definitions is too distracting... At the end arises - exactly because of the missing interpretation - the opposite of the title: Remembrance, of emotions, of valuations, of the certainty of sensual experience.

Trierischer Volksfreund


Innen - ich denke ich bin (2000)

Julian Klein has called his piece "Innen - I think I am", and within he realizes something very rare, if ever having existed: a philosophical radio piece... in some of the passages of the works thoughts of deep intensity become sound, that one tends to say, this experiment was worth it... Klein puts the astonishment upon all what there exists at the beginning of his piece, and in this point he is really philosophical. He wants to know what becomes of thinking if it is all alone with itself, like in case of the locked-in-syndrome, and he even questions this thinking itself - absolutely not only theoretically but also acoustically and sensuous... at least the author would not have been able to carry out the connection between thought and body more strikingly.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


Saison 1998/1999

a rose is does not leave anything absolute unsaid in three very different pieces...Musically they convinced with precise intonation and well-balanced dynamics (...) While the musicians brilliantly managed their - to a wide extent high-virtuosic- lines, the double-bass player gets gradually dressed with a storm hat and a fantasy uniform as the musical protagonist. (...) Julian Klein's string quartet No. 5 focuses on the function of music as a substitute for religion. Four quartet-players give everything and themselves up as individuals, to conjure the Holy Cecile. The instruments of the string quartet stay silent, while the musicians crane with greatest abandonment. Finally, the guardian patron, Holy Cecile, appears in person and let grains and seeds trickle onto the ground. It remains an unanswered question if she divides the good "composer-grains" from the bad or if she -as an hourglass- makes the 'fact' of time visible and hearable.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

The grand finale of the evening is the piece 'Auguste Bolte- ein Lebertran'...Music and scene express the mess of Bolte's emotions in a magnificent way. Here the composer Gregor Schwellenbach and the director Kristina Loesche-Loewensen hit a charming lively and funny masterpiece. Main-Echo, Frankfurt

Five clowns making music are messing musically and spaciously around one another in this production by Catharina Fleckenstein. They are that effectively dismissing the rules of politeness and conduct, that a new, extraordinary order of being seems to be created. Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

Predominating splendid mood is trumps: witty and full of atmosphere. Neue Presse, Hannover