Stifter’s Things [The Pianopiece]

A performative installation by Heiner Goebbels

World premiere 13 September 2007 in the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
German premiere
Stifter’s Things [The Pianopiece]

Stifter’s Things [The Pianopiece]

© Klaus Grünberg

  • 1 h 10 min, without interval

Past Dates

6. October, 18:00
In the Name of the Things Lecture by Heiner Goebbels

6 October, [after the performance]
Talk with the audience with Heiner Goebbels and Brigitte Fürle

Heiner Goebbels’ latest work is a piano piece without a pianist, a piece of theatre without an actor, a performance without performers: it invites the audience into a fascinating space full of sounds and images. Things that in theatre often appear to be no more than props or decoration become protagonists here: lighting, images, noises, sounds, voices, wind and fog, water and ice.

His source of inspiration are the stories of Adalbert Stifter, where plot takes a step back out of respect for nature and objects. With their radically slow tempo and ritualized repetitions, they make the romantic Stifter appear surprisingly modern. The performative installation Stifter’s Things uses these features as a challenge to encounter the unknown and powers which we cannot master – both unfamiliar cultural orders and natural disasters, as described repeatedly and exhaustively by Stifter.


Design, Lighting and Video Klaus Grünberg
Music and Programming Associate Hubert Machnik
Sound Design Willi Bopp
Assistant Sound Design Matthias Mohr

A Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne E.T.E. production
Co-produced with with spielzeit’europa | Berliner Festspiele, Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, schauspielfrankfurt, T&M-Théatre de Gennevilliers/CDN, Migros Kulturprozent and Teatro Stabile di Torino
Co-commissioned by Artangel London
Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund