There Will Be Light

Julian Hetzel
' About the precarious economy of hope '

In his works, theatre maker Julian Hetzel shakes up our view of the world. In There Will Be Light he is presenting an alternative for the way we live and our relationship with work. Societies today are determined by work: work to produce value, to set a goal, to acquire status. These days imagining the end of the world is easier than picturing the end of capitalism. But what would we be if we didn’t have to work? 

Hetzel is making a radical gesture: he is taking one basic income from his own cultural funding, and giving it to one person. In other words: someone will be given € 15.000. Something for nothing. The money is an invitation to escape the world of obligation and enter a world of desire. Everybody has a chance, everybody can apply. A committee of alternative experts, consisting of homeless people, will select the chosen one. The audience is invited to explore an artificial beach at MENU (a former bicycle depot), attend interviews, or to apply themselves.

There Will Be Light is a project about life as art and art as work. The real performance begins after the applause, at the very moment when the show is over and the audience returns home. For one whole year, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, the ‘chosen one’ will perform an improvisation called ‘life’. Stop working, and become an artist!  

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In the digital magazine, dramaturg Merel Eigenhuis asks Julian everything. Do you want to know more about this performance, such as where the idea came from or how the applications will go? Read the interview via this link:

"We know to expect a critical stance when we go and see a new work by Julian Hetzel, but in this new proposal he takes it to another level. Not only does he describe and uncover certain dynamics in the world, he also proposes an active step towards real change. “There will be light” is a social experiment that investigates how change might occur in society, and that will have a very concrete impact on one participant’s life." - Grzegorz Reske, artistic director SPRING

Director: Julian Hetzel
Performers: Christine van Stralen, Louis van der Waal, Niek Vanoosterweyck, Agat Sharma
Dramaturge: Miguel Angel Melgares
Artistic advisor: Sodja Lotker
Assistant dramaturge: Madison Jolliffe
Sound design: Johannes Helberger
Head of production: Saskia Reynolds
Production: Mariska van Zanten, Marieke van den Bosch
Technical coordinators: Siemen van der Werf, Cas Dekker
Technicians: Sybren Danz, Vincent Beune, Cesco van der Zwaag, Krzysztof Burdzy
Panel recruiter en coach: Yvonne Wierenga
Communications & PR: Michelle Franke
Interns: Billy Ka and Maren Seidel

Special thanks to the panel of experts and the local performers.

Co-production: WEST Den Haag, SPRING Performing Arts Festival, Grand Theatre Groningen
With the support of: Fonds Podiumkunsten, City of Utrecht, Fonds 21, VriendenLoterij Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds



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Expo dagen: pay-what-you-can / Grand Finale 20 mei 20:00: €17,- / €14,-*


MENU (oude fietsdepot), Kanaalweg 50


SPRING 2022 


Expo days 12 to 19 May: open between 14:00 and 20:00
Grand Finale 20 May 20:00, duration about 90 minutes

Language expo days: English and Dutch
Language Grand Finale: English with partly Dutch surtitles



*online prices, €2,- addition at the Box Office

There is no toilet available

Grand Finale is English spoken with partly Dutch surtitles


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