Julian Hetzel (NL/DE)

The Benefactor


Julian Hetzel donates money, and that is art! He explains his project on hunger and success in an entertaining lecture performance at steirischer herbst.




Austrian premiere


Sun 02/10, 19.30

Orpheum Extra

8 € Single ticket
12 € Combined ticket “Schuldfabrik” & “The Benefactor”



German language


Development aid as art, how can that work? At the same time Julian Hetzel develops a “Schuldfabrik” for steirischer herbst 2016, he also fulfils his debt to society: For the realisation of “The Benefactor”, he received a project budget of 2,000 Euro from his theatre school DasArts. Since then he has donated one Euro a day to a girl living in poverty in Africa. This autumn, the period of almost five and a half years comes to an end – reason enough for Julian Hetzel to reflect on his life phase as a benefactor through a lecture performance.

The inspiration for Hetzel’s project was a statement by the Dutch politician Frits Bolkestein: “We should not cut the budget for the arts. We should increase it. But first we’ll finance art by cutting development aid!” With his extraordinary donation action, which he describes as a 2,000-day-long intercontinental continuous performance, Julian Hetzel questions this radical proposal and at the same time reverses it.

All those involved have benefitted – including Hetzel himself, who in the meantime has earned far more than 2,000 Euro by giving lectures about his project. A performance about the thin line between life, art and economy and the ethics of success.

By and with Julian Hetzel
Artistic advice Siegmar Zacharias
Dramaturgy Igor Dobricic

Production DasArts, Julian Hetzel
Project supporter Performing Arts Fund NL

steirischer herbst
Project management Roland Gfrerer, Kirsten Patent
Technical Direction Karl Masten

Julian Hetzel (NL/DE)

Julian Hetzel, born in the Black Forest, Germany, in 1981, currently lives in Utrecht/Netherlands, where he works as a freelance artist. Hetzel studied Visual Communication at the Bauhaus University in Weimar until 2008, where he launched the audiovisual studio project ”YouAreWatchingUs” in 2005. The following year he created the media art project ”preENTER”, that was performed at the ARS Electronica in 2008, among other venues, and the ”Monokultur” performance shown at Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar. After graduating, Hetzel continued training at the DasArts art academy in Amsterdam. His diploma performance ”I’m Not Here Says The Void” premièred at Theater Frascati in Amsterdam in 2014. Hetzel, who in addition to working as a multidisciplinary artist is also a member of the electropop band Pentatones, will also be visiting Graz for the first time in 2016: his performance ”The Benefactor” will be showing at steirischer herbst along with his latest piece ”Schuldfabrik”, that is set to première at the festival.