Eraritjaritjaka - Museum of Phrases

By Heiner Goebbels
Based on texts by Elias Canetti

Eraritjaritjaka – Museum of Phrases

Eraritjaritjaka - Museum of Phrases

© Mario Del Curto

  • 1 h 30 min, without interval
  • In French with German surtitles

Past Dates

Talk with the audience 13 November, after the performance

In this new piece, the composer and director Heiner Goebbels shows his usual virtuosity in combining sounds – in this case played live by the Mondriaan Quartet – images and texts to form a Gesamtkunstwerk. The “Canetti Project” is the last part of a trilogy with the French actor André Wilms. Besides sharp, witty phrases from Canetti’s volumes of “Memoirs” from the 1940s to the 1990s, and passages from “Crowds and Power”, the piece also features the central figure from Canetti’s only novel “Auto-da-Fé”, the pedantic loner Professor Kien. The enigmatic title “Eraritjaritjaka” is a word from the Aranda language of the Australian aborigines for a state of mind, “filled with longing for something that has been lost”.


Conceived and directed by / Music Heiner Goebbels
Set and Lighting Design Klaus Grünberg
Live Video Bruno Deville
Costume Design Florence von Gerkan
Sound Design Willi Bopp
Dramaturgy, Assistant Director Stephan Buchberger

With André Wilms
and the Mondriaan Quartet, Amsterdam:
Jan Erik van Regteren Altena, Edwin Blankenstijn, Annette Bergman, Eduard van Regteren Altena

Production Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne E.T.E.
Co-production with schauspielfrankfurt, Migros Kulturprozent, T & M – Odéon Théâtre de l’Europe, Wiener Festwochen and spielzeiteuropa | Berliner Festspiele
With the support of the Landis & Gyr Foundation Sponsored by the Programme Culture 2000 (UTE – Union des Théâtres de l’Europe, Réseau Varèse)