News 2017

Children Choice Awards in Kyoto

With a kind post of Mammalian Diving Reflex: The winner of the “Best of the Best” at the 2017 Children’s Choice Awards in the Kyoto Experiment was Heiner Goebbels and Ensemble Modern with their show Schwarz auf Weiss / Black on White, which also won the “I Was So Surprised I Almost Dislocated My Jaw Award.” Black on White featured flying tea bags, 50 instruments, tennis balls being thrown on a big acoustic metal plate and big parts of the set collapsing, giving those of us sitting in the front row a small heart attack.

Heiner has long been associated with the Children’s Choice Awards, having programmed the project for the three years of his artistic directorship at the Ruhrtriennale (2012-2014) where he won the “Show Where I Thought WTF Award” and “I Want That Thing! Award” for his moving and self playing piano installation Stifters Dinge; “Best Drama Show” for his post-dramatic show John Cage: Europeras 1&2; “Worst Costumes” for Harry Partch: Delusion of the Fury and the “Girliest Show” for When the Mountain changed its clothing, a performance featuring only girls. A complete list of his awards and honors can be found on his website, where he proudly and courageoulsy embraces winning Worst Costumes.

Autumn 2017

Sold out and well recieved shows of Stifters Dinge in Lithuania and Eislermaterial in Oslo started the fall season, which was followed by Ensemble Insomnia's full evening Goebbels program at the Gaudeamus Week in Utrecht. Now heading with Max Black to Minsk and before going with Schwarz auf Weiss to Japan Heiner Goebbels will also prepare a short musical intervention together with Saxophonist Gianni Gebbia on the stage of Opera di Bologna during a concert on Oct. 18th "in memoria di Mario Zanzani (1948-2007)" co-founder of Angelica Festival.

Eislermaterial, Black on White, Surrogate Cities - Three Highlights with Ensemble Modern

After a sold out and spectacular performance of Surrogate Cities in the VW Factory in Hannover during Kunstfestpiele Herrenhausen, - performed by the Ensemble Modern Orchestra, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher and enthousiastically recieved by the audience, we now can proudly announce two more productions with this fabulous ensemble coming up in the fall: Eislermaterial during the Ultima Oslo Contenporary Music Festival in Norway and two performances of Schwarz auf Weiss / Black on White for the first time in Japan during Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival "Kyoto Experiment 2017" in octobre. Now in the calender>>

Performances and lectures in three continents

Also 2017 works by and lectures with Heiner Goebbels can be attended all over Europe, in Asia and Southamerica. Please look for updates at the website's calender and lectures.

Ingo Metzmacher conducts Surrogate Cities

In may Ingo Metzmacher will conduct Surrogate Cities - the entire cycle for big orchestra performed by Ensemble Modern Orchestra - during KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen 2017 in a remarkable location: the "Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge Werk" - a VW truck factory in Hannover Stöcken.

New GENKO-AN Installation in Moscow's New Space

From March 10 until the end of April the art gallery NEW SPACE shows the sound and video installation GENKO-AN 107031 (Moscow, 2017) by Heiner Goebbels.

Max Black nominated for the Golden Mask 2017

After recieving the prestigous Russian theatre award Golden Mask last spring for When the Mountain changed its clothing now Max Black or 62 ways of supporting the head with a hand - music theatre by Heiner Goebbels produced by Electro Theatre Stanislawsky in Moscow - is nominated for this year.
Ceremony will take place on April 19th 2017.

NY TImes: "...and, Oh, That 100 Sheep" - "Best Classical Music Performances" 2016

Like in 2015 with the staging of Harry Partch: Delusion of the Fury also 2016 the production of Louis Andriessen: De Materie is listed by music critics in NY among the best classical music performances of 2016.
"The director Heiner Goebbels’s wildly original production, presented in the vast Drill Hall at the Park Avenue Armory, dramatizes the overlapping themes of this work’s audaciously assembled libretto". See Vulture and the NY Times

Looking out into 2017

More performances to come of the entire orchestra cycle Surrogate Cities, of Stifters Dinge, Songs of Wars I have seen, Schwarz auf Weiss, Eislermaterial, of Louis Andriessen: De Materie / staged concert version, more performances of Max Black or 62 ways of supporting the head with a hand, video and soundinstallations in moscow, lectures and many more. Details on this site from January 1st.