Stifter’s Dinge - Revisited

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Theatre and dance

Stifter’s Dinge - Revisited – by Heiner Goebbels

  • 4 Nov 2012 — 18 Nov 2012
Imported 1707
Imported 1707

Ambika P3

University of WestminsterMarylebone RoadLondon NW1



This November, Artangel is reprising Stifter’s Dinge in London for the last time. The astonishing production by German composer and director Heiner Goebbels, first shown to sell-out audiences in 2008, will return to its original home at Ambika P3, a former concrete-testing facility, at the University of Westminster underneath the Marylebone Road for two weeks only. It will be presented both in its original form and in a new durational version, Stifter’s Dinge: The Unguided Tour, created especially for the space, where audiences will be free to fully explore the environment, experiencing the work up close and from multiple viewpoints as a continuously evolving installation. 

Stifter’s Dinge is a composition for five pianos with no pianists; a performance without performers. Inspired by the books of 19thcentury Austrian author, poet and painter Adalbert Stifter, known for his evocative and meticulous descriptions of the natural world, Goebbels transforms a vast underground concrete box into a wild and brooding, living, breathing landscape complete with its own weather system.

The five pianos hang stripped and bared above pools of water. The atmosphere is damp and menacing as the ghostly voices of William S Burroughs, Malcolm X and Claude Lévi-Strauss mix with weather and nature, mechanical objects, projections and music in a rich all-consuming experience that left audiences stunned four years ago. The original production will run for eight performances only following Stifter’s Dinge: The Unguided Tour, which will be presented over seven days in a series of reprogrammed movements and random sequences stretched out over several hours. Areas of Ambika P3 will be made accessible for The Unguided Tour that won’t be viewable during the performance version, shifting the perspective of the work so that each visitor will have a unique experience.


Performance audiences must arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time. Latecomers may not be admitted. The running time of the performance is approximately 75 minutes.

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Heiner Goebbels is one of the most important exponents of the contemporary music and theatre scene. His compositions for ensembles and big orchestras, including Max Black, Hashirigaki, Schwarz auf Weiss, Eislermaterial and I went to the house but did not enter are currently performed worldwide. Goebbels works as a professor at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies of the Justus Liebig University in Giessen (Germany) and is President of the Theatre Academy Hessen. From 2012 to 2014 he is the artistic director of Ruhrtriennale - International Festival of the Arts.

Artangel commissions and produces exceptional projects by outstanding contemporary artists. In 2011 it celebrated 20 years of James Lingwood and Michael Morris as Co-Directors. Over the past two decades, Artangel projects have materialised in a range of different sites and situations and in countless forms of media, from film and video to sculpture and sound installations. Artangel has generated some of the most talked-about, contentious and acclaimed art of recent times, including work by Francis Alÿs, Clio Barnard, Matthew Barney, Jeremy Deller, Brian Eno, Douglas Gordon, Roger Hiorns, Michael Landy, Susan Philipsz, Gregor Schneider, Rachel Whiteread and Robert Wilson.