The whole truth about lies


The fascination with the false is as seductive as it is fatal: โ€œMundus vult decipiatur โ€“ The world wants to be deceivedโ€, says a Roman proverb, โ€œTell me Liesโ€ sings Fleetwood Mac in a pop classic. But what โ€“ to paraphrase Georg Bรผchner โ€“ โ€œis that in us that lies, steals, hurts and murders?โ€ Why do we amuse ourselves with fictional impostors like Felix Krull or Baron Mรผnchhausen, while we fall for real-life pied pipers in politics and business?ย 

The well-known and ever-present fact that deception can only be measured and evaluated in its relation to truth lays the foundation for the new play by NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS. In a time when alternative facts and deep fakes shake every certainty, โ€œThe whole Truth about Liesโ€ asks about the value of our perception โ€“ and uses the means of that art in which beautiful appearances are considered an appointment from the outset. In a typically navigational manner, the ensemble searches the dark depths of the classical heritage as well as the glittering surface of contemporary music for evidence of self-deception and heteronomy, for white lies and fallacies. Above all, however, there could be a word from the biblical Psalms that wants to be read like a truth: โ€œI said in my dismay, All men are liars.โ€


artistic direction



diego muhr
robin plenio

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nicola hรผmpel
oliver proske
paul hรผbner, tobias weber
andreas hillger
mary akoury

yui kawaguchi, martin buczko, florian graulย 

annedore kleist, patric schott

mathis bereuter
anne-sophie bereuter
lucas johnson
jo ambros
paul hรผbner

video, operating
video, AI Design


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schwetzinger SWR festspiele
radialsystem berlin

a production by NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS and the Schwetzingen SWR Festival, supported by the berlin senate department for culture and europe and the hauptstadt kultur fonds. In cooperation with Radialsystem.