[Preview Event] Heiner Goebbels Lecture: “Aesthetics of Absence”

April 25, 2017

Renowned composer and director Heiner Goebbels discusses his work

Born in 1952 and based in Frankfurt, Heiner Goebbels is one of the leading figures in the European music scene. His work has been performed at major festivals around the world. He is best known for developing a style of “music theater,” interweaving music and text readings, from the 1990s. An example of his music theater is the epic masterpiece Black on White, which was written for the leading German contemporary music chamber orchestra Ensemble Modern and is staged with 18 performers doubling as both musicians and actors. A regular fixture at international theaters and festivals ever since its premiere in 1996, it will be performed in Japan for the first time at Kyoto Experiment this October. Ahead of this, Goebbels will give a special lecture on his work and music theater, including videos of past performances.

Heiner Goebbels & Ensemble Modern, Black on White © Christian Schafferer

[Preview Event] Heiner Goebbels Lecture: “Aesthetics of Absence”

Date: May 24th, 2017 / 18:00−21:00 (with interval)
Venue: Kyoto Art Theatre Shunjuza (Kyoto University of Art and Design) Location
Language: English (with consecutive Japanese interpretation)
Tickets: ¥500 / Free for students (ID required)
Capacity: 200 (unreserved seating)
Please make reservations online (Japanese only)
Organized by Kyoto Performing Arts Center at Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto Experiment

Heiner Goebbels

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A composer and director, Heiner Goebbels was born in 1952 and is based in Frankfurt am Main. At university he majored in sociology and music. His work includes music theater as well as compositions for concert recital, radio, ensembles and large-scale orchestras. From the 1990s he has composed and directed an original style of “music theater,” including Black on White (1996) for Ensemble Modern. His work has been performed to great acclaim at major international festivals. His other output includes a stint with an experimental rock group, Cassiber, as well as installations for many art exhibitions and museums such as the Centre Pompidou Paris. He is currently a professor at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies of the Justus Liebig University in Giessen and President of Theatre Academy Hessen. He is also the recipient of numerous international accolades for his work, including two Grammy Award nominations, the International Ibsen Award 2012, and an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University.

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