I Went to the House but Did Not Enter

A stage concert in three tableaux

Heiner Goebbels | Hilliard Ensemble

World premiere 28 August 2008, Edinburgh International Festival
I Went to the House but Did Not Enter

I Went to the House but Did Not Enter

© Klaus Grünberg

  • 1 h 45 min, without interval

Past Dates

Fri 14 November [after the performance]
Talk with the Audience

»In the mountains the throats become free!
It is a wonder that we don’t burst into song.«
FRANZ KAFKA, Excursion into the Mountains

The title of this staged concert with the world-renowned vocal quartet The Hilliard Ensemble already suggests that not a lot happens. But just that is perhaps one of the secrets of Heiner Goebbels’ music theatre pieces, that they take place without any great spectacle and yet – or possible therefore? – exert a fascinating power. His latest work consists of three separate scenes, each one dedicated to a 20th century text: starting with T.S. Eliot’s well-known poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, continuing with Maurice Blanchot’s Madness of the Day and finishing with Worstward Ho! probably the most radical text by Samuel Beckett. As different as these texts are, they all have in common the fact that they endow a fragmented, anonymous first person narrator many voices and tones. Their language promises no security, their stories only reveal their often paradoxical meaning when completed by the listener. Maybe the evening is a journey, one which its antiheroic protagonists do not even begin. A journey in three spaces and three times which remain placeless – they are everywhere and nowhere


Concept, music and direction Heiner Goebbels
Set design and light Klaus Grünberg
Costume design Florence von Gerkan
Sound design Willi Bopp

With the Hilliard Ensemble
David James countertenor
Rogers Covey-Crump tenor
Steven Harrold tenor
Gordon Jones baritone

With words by T.S. Eliot, Maurice Blanchot, Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett

Production Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
Co-production with Edinburgh International Festival 2008, schauspielfrankfurt, Teatro Communale di Bolzano/Stadttheater Bozen, Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, Musica, festival international des musiques d’aujourd’hui de Strasbourg
Co-realisation Carolina Performing Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover (USA)
Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund