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Heiner Goebbels - I Went To The House But Did Not Enter
On from 28 Apr 2010 till 01 May 2010
Barbican
by Heiner Goebbels


Tickets: £10 - £35

About: Heiner Goebbels - I Went To The House But Did Not Enter

I Went To The House But Did Not Enter is a staged concert in three tableaux, composed by Heiner Goebbels and magnificiently performed by the world-famous Hilliard Ensemble.

The tableaux are dedicated to four key twentieth-century literary texts by T.S. Eliot, Maurice Blanchot, Franz Kafka and Samuel Beckett. Although markedly different, each text focuses on a fragmented and anonymous protagonist, an anti-hero who embarks on a journey to everywhere and nowhere.

Through imaginative staging and a wonderfully restrained vocal presence that is strikingly different from the performance style often found on the operatic stage, the four singers bring each story vividly to life.

Performance time: 19:45
Running time: 105mins / no interval
Latecomers will not be admitted

Concept, music and direction Heiner Goebbels
Stage design and light Klaus Grünberg

Music by Heiner Goebbels
© Musikverlag G. Ricordi & Co. (München )

Produced by Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne (Switzerland )

Co-produced by Edinburgh International Festival 2008 ( UK); schauspielfrankfurt (Germany); Teatro Comunale di Bolzano / Stadttheater Bozen (Italy); Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg (Luxemburg); Musica, festival international des musiques d’aujourd’hui de Strasbourg (France)

Commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA); Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover (USA)

With the support of Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council

barbicanbite10 would like to thank the Swiss Cultural Fund in Britain and the Goethe-Institut London for their support

I Went To The House But Did Not Enter premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2008

Reviews

‘Goebbels has created an irresistible parlour diversion that is epic in scale and imbued with a gallows humour at its heart that's to die for.’
The Herald

‘It seems slender, but over the course of 90 minutes an immensely powerful atmosphere is created – of nostalgia mingled with regret, of opportunities missed, challenges ducked. Goebbels' music is spare, too, used only when absolutely essential, whether to heighten the mood of Eliot's great poem – a beautiful, a cappella setting, with every verbal stress and nuance perfectly caught – or to deliver Beckett's words like a metrical psalm, the voices in rhythmic unison throughout. The Hilliards bring it off immaculately; as with the whole show, there's not a detail misplaced.’
The Guardian

‘Yet like Stifter's Dinge, the work Goebbels showed in London earlier in the year, it lingers in the mind, casting its spell long after its close.’
Daily Telegraph

‘The performance by the Hilliard Ensemble is masterful. The work seems tailor-made for the somber, earnest ensemble in their gray wool British costumes, wearing suspenders and hats. Could it be performed by any four other singers? (...) This is a work of maturity. There's never any hurry or impatience. The basic emotion is a kind of distanced, adult wonder, which is what we feel as well.’
Klassik in Berlin

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