News 2019

Everything in St.Petersburg / The Mayfield in Palermo

It was an exciting and succesful week: Three sold out shows of Everything that happened and would happen during Theatre Olympics in St. Petersburg's Street Art Museum and the world premiere of the new improvising Band The Mayfield (with Heiner Goebbels at grand piano) in Chiesa del Santissimo Salvatore, fully packed at European Alternatives' TRANSEUROPA 2019 - Festival of Arts, Politics and Culture - celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Heiner Goebbels "Live in Concert"

photo Heiner Goebbels / Gianni Gebbia © René Liebert

In November it is possibe to experience Heiner Goebbels several times back 'live on stage' as a pianist: in the Duo Heiner Goebbels / Gianni Gebbia at huddesfield contemporary music festival and Zurich Jazzfestival Unerhört!, and together with Camille Emaille, Nicolas Perrin, Cecile Lartigau, Leo Maurel and Gianni Gebbia as THE MAYFIELD in Palermo at Transeuropa 2019. See dates and venues at upcoming performances in calender.

Current Solo Exhibition in Colombia

photo "IT'S BEAUTIFUL HERE" © UNAL - Universidad Nacional photo Landschaftsstücke/Landscape Plays © UNAL - Universidad Nacional

After two concerts with Surrogate Cities in Bogota the installative and performative works of "IT'S BEAUTIFUL HERE" - the anthology of sounds and spaces with works by Heiner Goebbels in Bogota - are still to be seen in the wonderful spaces of Museo de Arte: Landschaftsstücke/Landscape Plays and Genko An 111321 (Bogota 2019) until the end of February 2020, and Los Peces tendrán que aprender a caminar sobre la tierra in Laboratorio Hydraulico of Universidad Nacional at least until Octobre 18th.

Hashirigaki named among "The best classical music works of the 21st century"

photo Hashirigaki © Klaus Grünberg

THE GUARDIAN named Heiner Goebbels' Hashirigaki (2000) among the 10 best "best classical music works of the 21st century". Andrew Clements: "A Gertrude Stein novel, Japanese folk music and the Beach Boys’ album Pet Sounds aren’t the most obvious sources for one of Goebbels’ uniquely personal fusions of words, music and image. But, as often in his theatre pieces, the most unlikely ingredients cohere magically, creating a witty, allusive dramatic world unlike any other, with the 1960s sounds counterpointing Stein’s rambling surrealism."

Everything That Happened And Would Happen Nr. 1 in Nachtkritik Charts

photo Everything that happened and would happen © Thanasis Deligiannis

The German Premiere of Everything that happened and would happen , the latest stage work by Heiner Goebbels, was presented in four sold out shows at the Ruhrtriennale with a passionate and controversial response, and it reached Nr.1 in nachtkritik Charts. These charts capture the diversity of voices in reviews by critics and the participation of readers in german speaking countries. They represent the ten productions, which create the most intense attention.

here further reviews of faz, taz, nzz, deutsche bühne, nachtkritik etc.

Coming up: "IT'S BEAUTIFUL HERE" * Anthology in Bogota

photo "IT'S BEAUTIFUL HERE" © UNAL - Universidad Nacional

Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota presents in September an "Anthology of Sounds & Spaces" with works by Heiner Goebbels. From September 12th two Video- and Sound-installations Genko An 111321 (Bogota 2019) and Landscape Plays will be shown in the MUSEO of Universidad Nacional until Febrary 2020.

On September 16th and 17th Surrogate Cities will be performed in the Auditorio.

On September 18th Heiner Goebbels will present a new, site specific performative installation, named Los Peces tendrán que aprender a caminar sobre la tierra . Detailed informations for "IT'S BEAUTIFUL HERE" in calender .

*"It's beautiful here" is a quote from Adalbert Stifter's Nachsommer (Indian Summer), which found its way into Heiner Goebbels' Music Theatre work "When the Mountain changed its clothing" and can be discovered in his video installation Landscape Plays .


photo Surrogate Cities © Basel Sinfonietta

for the first time OPEN AIR - the Basel Sinfonietta performs Surrogate Cities with David Moss, Jocelyn B. Smith conducted by Baldur Brönnimann next sundy, June 23rd 7pm at Freilagerplatz in Basel.
September 16th and 17th this large orchestra cycle will have its latin american premiere at Auditorio Leon de Greiff in Bogota - performed by National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia with Orquesta Sinfónica del Conservatorio de Música de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia conducted by Guerrasim Voronkov.


Today, the day of the American Premiere of Heiner Goebbels' latest production Everything that happened and would happen in the Park Avenue Armory, the New York Times published another interview with him about this large scale music theatre performance.


The German composer Heiner Goebbels has a long history of conjoining disparate impulses to make big statements, a trait that dates back to his salad days in the improvising eighties punk-rock quartet Cassiber. Since breaking out, in the nineties, as a major creator of visionary music theatre, Goebbels has continued to embrace contradiction and paradox, producing multidisciplinary pieces that engulf the senses.

Radio Retrospective at SWR2 in May

photo © SWF In a small retrospective the german broadcasting station SWR2 presents three radio works by Heiner Goebbels: The Liberation of Prometheus (live radioplay with David Moss), Der Horatier (with Josef Bierbichler) and Roman Dogs (with Gail Gilmore and Eric Gould) thursday evenings.


photo Eislermaterial © Barbara Fahle with Ensemble Modern and Josef Bierbichler in Festspielhaus Hellerau


photo Surrogate Cities © Wonge Bergmann This year more performances of this celebrated orchestra cycle in Croatia, USA, Columbia, Switzerland and Germany


photo Everything that happened and would happen © Thanasis Deligiannis

More performances this year of the new large scale production Everything that happened and would happen in New York (Park Avenue Armory), Bochum (Ruhrtriennale) and St. Petersburg (Theatre Olympics). Several exhibitions and installations, concerts with solo-, chamber- and ensemble-compositions, more Eislermaterial with Ensemble Modern "live" and at least three entire cycles of Surrogate Cities in Zagreb, Basel and Seattle - including a new composition for large orchestra commissioned by the Seattle Symphony. More info's later - Please check the details for upcoming performances here.

New Production by Heiner Goebbels coming very soon: Everything that happened and would happen is a large scale three hour performance with about 20 dancers, performers and musicians at Manchester International Festival.
A coproduction of Artangel, 14-18 NOW, Park Avenue Armory and Ruhrtriennale. Check the trailer & the dates in the calender and today's article in THE NEW YORK TIMES and THE GUARDIAN

On her radar

In the sunday edition of THE GUARDIAN the BBC 6 Music DJ Mary Anne Hobbs’s mentioned Everything that happened and would happen as her personal Nr.1 theatre highlight: "Heiner Goebbels’s epic three-hour performance piece explores the many dimensions of history between the first world war and the present day. It was set in a vast, dystopian former railway yard in Manchester in October and I found it deeply meditative. The director drew together elements of theatre, modern dance, experimental live music and architectural lighting design, while the performers built and collapsed their own beautiful sets as the show unfolded. The live narration spinning all the way through the piece suggested to me that history is incomplete, corrupt, full of confusion, and interpreted differently from every perspective."

"thrillingly imaginative..."

describes Ivan Hewett, Classical Music Critic of The Telegraph, Heiner Goebbels' latest music theatre production Everything that happened and would happen in his retrospection of this year's performances (dec. 18th).