Heiner Goebbels: Stifters Dinge

7 - 9 Sep 2018
The Navy Yard, Building 611, 1120 Flagship Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19112


Heiner Goebbels, Stifters Dinge. Photo by Ewa Herzog.

FringeArts presents the Philadelphia premiere of Stifters Dinge (“stifter’s things”) from Heiner Goebbels, an internationally acclaimed German composer and director known for his hybrid blend of theater, installation, and experimental composition. In connection with FringeArts’ Center-supported project Heiner Goebbels: Imaginary Stages, Stifters Dinge is a performative installation driven by a large-scale set that includes five mechanically operated pianos, movable walls, and projections. Two technicians, the only humans in the piece, make a brief appearance and then disappear, leaving no human counterpart on stage for the audience to follow, thereby creating a landscape, without commentary, from which the audience must draw its own conclusions. Evocative recordings by William S. Burroughs, Malcolm X, and Claude Levi-Strauss whisper throughout Goebbels’s soundscape, emphasizing the political implications of this newfound meditative space.