Heiner Goebbels

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Born in 1952, Heiner Goebbels is a German composer and director and one of the most important exponents of contemporary music and theatre. For nearly 20 years, he held a professorship at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies of Justus Liebig University Giessen and served as president of the Hessian Theatre Academy for twelve years. From 2012 to 2014, Heiner Goebbels was the artistic director of the Ruhrtriennale. His compositions for ensembles and big orchestras are performed worldwide, while his works for music theatre are produced by international stages including Théâtre Vidy Lausanne or Ruhrtriennale. Sound and video installations by Heiner Goebbels are presented e.g. by Artangel London, MAC Lyon, at the Darmstadt Artists’ Colony Museum and Albertinum Dresden, among others. Since 2018, he has held the Georg Büchner Professorhip at ZMI – Center for Media and Interactivity in Giessen. The most recent presentation of a work by Heiner Goebbels at Wiener Festwochen was I went to the house but did not enter in 2009.

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