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Stifter’s Things [The Pianopiece]

A performative installation by Heiner Goebbels
German premiere

Design, Lighting and Video · Klaus Grünberg
Music and Programming Associate · Hubert Machnik
Sound Design · Willi Bopp
Assistant Sound Design · Matthias Mohr

A Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne E.T.E. production
Co-produced with with spielzeit’europa | Berliner Festspiele,
Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, schauspielfrankfurt,
T&M-Théatre de Gennevilliers/CDN, Migros Kulturprozent and
Teatro Stabile di Torino
Co-commissioned by Artangel London
Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund

World premiere 13 September 2007 in the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
Length app. 1h 10

Tickets € 25.00 | reduced € 15.00 [limited seating capacity]

6. October 18:00
In the Name of the Things Lecture by Heiner Goebbels
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6 October [after the performance]
Talk with the audience with Heiner Goebbels and Brigitte Fürle

»Das Rauschen, welches wir früher in den Lüften gehört hatten, war uns jetzt bekannt; es war nicht in den Lüften, jetzt war es bei uns. In der ganzen Tiefe des Waldes herrschte es ununterbrochen fort, und entstand, wie die Äste und Zweige krachten und zur Erde fielen. Es war um so fürchterlicher, da alles Andere unbeweglich stand … Wir harreten, und schauten hin, ich weiß nicht, war es Bewunderung oder Furcht, in das Ding hinein zu fahren.«
Adalbert Stifter, Die Mappe meines Urgroßvater

Heiner Goebbels’ latest work is a piano piece without a pianist, a piece of theatre without an actor, a performance without performers: it invites the audience into a fascinating space full of sounds and images. Things that in theatre often appear to be no more than props or decoration become protagonists here: lighting, images, noises, sounds, voices, wind and fog, water and ice.
His source of inspiration are the stories of Adalbert Stifter, where plot takes a step back out of respect for nature and objects. With their radically slow tempo and ritualized repetitions, they make the romantic Stifter appear surprisingly modern. The performative installation Stifter’s Things uses these features as a challenge to encounter the unknown and powers which we cannot master – both unfamiliar cultural orders and natural disasters, as described repeatedly and exhaustively by Stifter.