Art's Birthday 2005 Network

The SWR Baden – Baden is presenting during the EBU Ars Acustica Special Evening 9 short parts of the piece Hashirigaki

by Heiner Goebbels


The composer and director Heiner Goebbels belongs to the most important exponents of the contemporary music and theatre scene.
His compositions (distributed by Ricordi) are performed by various orchestras and ensembles, his radio works broadcasted by many German speaking radio stations and regularly there are about eight music theater productions in the repertoire of Ensemble Modern, Theatre Vidy, Les Percussions de Strasbourg and artmobil which have been showed and are to be seen on many major international music and theatre festivals.

Since April 1999, Heiner Goebbels works as a professor at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies which is situated in the Justus Liebig University in Giessen (Germany). He is in charge of several seminars and artistic projects (further information) and since winter 2003 managing director of the institute. The institute inhabits a professional rehearsal stage and is equipped with an audio studio and a video studio.
The institute is as well dedicated to scientific research as to artistic practice (contemporary theatre and performance) and especially to the possibilities of linking both. He also collaborates in research programmes of the Center for Medias and Interactivity (ZMI)

based on texts by Gertrude Stein and with music by the Beach Boys

Hashirigaki is a radio performance based on texts by Gertrude Stein and with music by the Beach Boys. Especially for Art’s Birthday 2005 Heiner Goebbels mixed 9 versions of Hashirigaki, which will be heard during the evening.

Furthermore the SWR is broadcasting from 20:00 – 24:00 CET and is listening into the different LIVE performances and birthday celebrations around the world.

"It's a great question this question of washing. One never can find any one who can be satisfied with anybody else's washing. The French tell me it's the Italians who never do any washing, the French and the Italians both find the Spanish a little short in their washing, the English find all the world lax in this business of washing, and the East finds all the West a pig, which never is clean with just the little cold water washing. And so it goes."Gertrude Stein, from "The Making of Americans"

When a German director takes a novel written in Paris and stages it in English in French-speaking Switzerland with a Swedish woman, a French-Canadian woman living in Berlin and a Japanese woman, it's as though all national boundaries have been swept away. This is already a hallmark of Gertrude Stein's repetitive prose from which Heiner Goebbels derives his text. What begins, in her novel "The Making of Americans", as a traditional family saga soon digresses after only a few pages and takes everyone and everything into its sights: what we do, our habits, our upbringing, our prejudices, our relationships, our senses and, time and again, the writing itself that records things and sets thought processes in motion. Outlining while running, writing in motion, that's the meaning of the Japanese word hashirigaki. Heiner Goebbels has set Gertrude Stein's words to music with the melancholy "Pet Sounds" of the Beach Boys and traditional Japanese music. In doing so he has also lent them his own special style, while at the same time opening up a space between different musical cultures in which we watch the act of writing and listen to the process of reflection. – His new work for radio emerged from a theatrical project in Lausanne – with the musicians and performers Marie Goyette (voice, harmonium and percussion), Charlotte Engelkes (voice, theremin and percussion) and Yumiko Tanaka (voice, shamisen, kokyu, taisho koto and percussion).