News 2016

Heiner Müller's Discovery of America

NYC: Segal Center’s all-day symposium on Dec 19th will trace Müller’s artistic and political thinking and artistic practice during his American journeys, where he witnessed the decline of Socialism at home and the rise of Neo‑Capitalism in the U.S. Screenings will include video excerpts of Der Mann im Fahrstuhl / The man in the Elevator – part of Heiner Müller’s play The Mission – directed by Heiner Goebbels, partly spoken by Heiner Müller.

Max Black at the Theatre Olympics 2016

Heiner Goebbels' explosive music theatre work Max Black or 62 ways of supporting the head with a hand - produced at Electrotheatre Moscow in 2015 - was invited in Octobre to the Theatre Olympics 2016 Festival in Wroclaw - and celebrated by an enthusiastic audience with standing ovations in two sold-out shows.

Delusion in Taiwan

Heiner Goebbels' staging of Harry Partch: Delusion of the Fury with Ensemble musikFabrik was performed twice during the opening week of the brand new National Taichung Theater and enthusiastically recieved by the audience.

De Materie in La Plata

Heiner Goebbels directs a stage-concert-version of Louis Andriessen's Opera De Materie at Teatro Argentino in La Plata, conducted by Peter Rundel.

Przeciw Gesamtkunstwerk - New Anthology with texts by Heiner Goebbels released in Poland

With 360 pages a new and wide collection of texts on theatre and music - written by Heiner Goebbels and edited by Lukas Jiricka - has just been published by Korporacja Hajart, Krakow.

The New York Times - Quotation of the Day....

I just wanted animals to do what they do. It’s very poetic, and unpredictable. You never know what they’re doing next.” HEINER GOEBBELS, the director of “De Materie,” a Dutch avant-garde opera being performed at the Park Avenue Armory, on the use of live sheep in the show, in a front page article of The New York Times, March 26th, 2016

Rave Reviews for Louis Andriessen: DE MATERIE " audaciously imaginative production." - The New York Times

"Mr. Goebbels’s inspired production brings out the philosophical resonances that run through the work and revels in its literary crosscurrents. And this performance — featuring two fine solo singers; the impressive eight-member Chorwerk Ruhr; a roster of dancers; and the brilliant International Contemporary Ensemble, expanded with extra players — was colorful, exciting and, during reflective episodes, raptly beautiful. Peter Rundel was the assured conductor. The Park Avenue Armory, once again taking advantage of its awesome space, is offering a powerful performance of Mr. Andriessen’s arresting piece." - The New York Times

"Where else could four mini-zeppelins perform a kind of airborne square dance, or an orchestra on a rolling platform go gliding across the floor, or a tent city get dismantled in minutes? And yet the magnetic appeal of this show lies not in busy spectacle, but in the way a small gesture or static chord gets intensified by the immensity of the hall." - Vulture
“Goebbels creates four unforgettable tableaus — six blue-lit houses with three white zeppelins overhead; a church illuminated from high in yellow, changing Mondrian-colored circles bouncing around on long, dark rods; and then, of course, the sheep, under a dull blue glow with a single zeppelin overhead.” - Salon

GOLDEN MASK for "Best foreign production shown in Russia 2015"

When the Mountain changed its clothing has been chosen by a large number of Russian theatre critics as "best foreign production shown in Russia" and will be awarded in a ceremony on April 16th. The Golden Mask is the most prestigious theatre award in Russia.


From Jan 15th to April 10th Heiner Goebbels presents a video sculpture/composition in Dresden: A man exits the theatre, walks to the curb, gets into a car and drives home. In the sound and video installation “The Human Province”, we listen to and observe this man over a period of ten years doing the same ritual in nearly 50 cities in 25 countries. While driving through these cities, he describes his view of society based on passages taken from Elias Cannetti’s book “The Human Province”. The main character in the sound and video installation of the same name by composer/director Heiner Goebbels is played by the French actor André Wilms. The long-term project will now be presented for the first time as a multimedia sculpture at the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau. The work is comprised of 54 successive film sequences featuring a polyphonic sound composition based on the soundscapes of the cities. The key motifs of the installation include listening, seeing, repetition, aging and the relationship between the individual and public space.
THE HUMAN PROVINCE / DIE PROVINZ DES MENSCHEN (54/27) is presented in Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden / Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Brühlsche Terasse - daily except mondays between 10am and 6pm


Many key-performances by Heiner Goebbels, such as Stifters Dinge, Max Black, Louis Andriessen: De Materie, Harry Partch: Delusion of the Fury, Eraritjaritjaka and the legendary music theatre work Schwarz auf Weiss (1996) can be seen in the first half of the year 2016, further details see calender

Harry Partch's Delusion of the Fury - among the NY Top Ten Performances 2015

After "a safe and rather dull opera season" THE NEW YORK CLASSICAL REVIEW praises Harry Partch: Delusion of the Fury. "Harry Partch's music is never safe nor dull, and despite being so outside the norm of the standard classical experience, it communicates with ease and an earthy, humane directness. In the operatic doldrums, it’s good to remember the intelligence and wit of Heiner Goebbels’ production of Partch’s Delusion of the Fury at the Lincoln Center Festival ...a new standard in Partch performances."

Also Alex Ross for THE NEW YORKER lists this production among his notable performances for 2015.

STIFTERS DINGE awarded with Best Piece Of The Year 2015 In Brazil

2016 - THE HUMAN PROVINCE + many performances worldwide

The new year starts with new installative works in Dresden and offers the opportunity to see performances of Stifters Dinge, Schwarz auf Weiss, Max Black, Eraritjaritjaka as well as the two operas Louis Andriessen: De Materie and Harry Partch: Delusion of the Fury. More details about dates and locations soon on this site.

Recognitions in Moscow: BEST of the year 2015

The Russian culture magazin has chosen the Russian edition of the book «Aesthetics of Absence» by Heiner Goebbels as Event of the year, and his performance «Max Black or 62 Different Ways of Supporting the Head with an Elbow and a Hand» as Performance of the year