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Melbourne Festival. 10-26 Oct 2014

Germany+Slovenia TheatreMusic

Heiner Goebbels

When the mountain changed its clothing

Vocal Theatre Carmina Slovenica

Australian Premiere

PRESENTED BY Melbourne Festival


One of the true living legends of the European artistic landscape, Heiner Goebbels has been the recipient of a slew of awards across a brilliant, multifaceted career.

His restlessly inventive works range easily across the borders between artistic disciplines, spanning music, theatre and the visual arts with equal aplomb.

Last seen at Melbourne Festival in 2010 with his compelling Stifter’s Dinge, this year the celebrated maverick returns with a powerful new offering produced by the Ruhrtriennale arts festival, of which Goebbels is currently Artistic Director.

“Heiner Goebbels stands for theatre that defies categorization.”


This is an epic-scale production featuring 40 young singers from world-renowned Vocal Theatre Carmina Slovenica, and offers a remarkable meditation on the transition from youth to adulthood, an enigmatic vision of the end of innocence.

A captivating blend of dance, spoken word and song – spanning traditional choral works to indie pop, this latest creation also features text by authors as diverse as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Joseph von Eichendorff, Adalbert Stifter, Gertrude Stein, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Marlen Haushofer, Marina Abramović and Ian McEwan.

“Heiner Goebbels' music theatre is a world of literary allusion, knowing intellectualism and avant-garde glamour.”

The Guardian

Artists in Conversation - free

Sat 25 Oct at 1pm

Foxtel Festival Hub

Heiner Goebbels discusses his work as a composer and director across his multifaceted career.

About Heiner Goebbels

Watch Heiner Goebbels talk about his work and see samples from his performances in the below video.


Concept, Direction & Music Heiner Goebbels
Artistic Director Vocal Theatre Carmina Slovenica Karmina Šilec
Set Design/Lighting Klaus Grünberg
Costumes Florence von Gerkan
Dramaturgy Matthias Mohr
Sound Design Willi Bopp
Choreography Florian Bilbao
Text Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Joseph von Eichendorff, Adalbert Stifter, Gertrude Stein, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Marlen Haushofer, Marina Abramović and Ian McEwan
Music Johannes Brahms, Arnold Schönberg, Karmina Šilec, Lojze Lebic, Sarah Hopkins and Heiner Goebbels
Singers Maja Ambrož, Ana Arnejčič, Iva Arnejčič, Špela Bočnik, Tamara Bočnik, Saša Borec, Mojca Borko, Neža Borkovič, Jasmina Črnčič, Danaja Dvornik, Eva Germ, Anja Gostenčnik, Staša Gostenčnik, Urška Gostenčnik, Kaja Gril Rogina, Sintija Habjanič, Nina Hanžič, Mojca Kamnik, Nastja Anastazija Karlovčec, Špela Knehtl, Nika Kralj, Alja Lačen, Alenka Lavrenčič, Petra Lazar, Kaja Lekš, Ana Novak, Nika Pečovnik, Nina Pušenjak, Aina Reljič, Sara Ritonija, Ana Sandrin, Melanija Stojkovič, Ana Studen, Barbara Šimek, Jera Topolovec, Neža Vasle, Ženet Vidovič, Anja Vinkovič, Mojca Zidarič, Anja Žnidar
Direction Assistant Fanny Frohnmeyer
Scenography Assistant Monika Morsbach
Costume Assistants Julia Wannek and Barbara Carbonell
Costume Tour Maintenance Julia Rautenhaus
Manager Carmina Slovenica Minja Lednik
Assistant Carmina Slovenica Melita Forstnerič Hajnšek and Peter Rak
Technical Project Manager Martin Rudolph
Technicians Edith Offenhauser and Alexander Luhn
Props Melanie Alsdorf
Tour Manager Monique Stolz

Publisher G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH München

Produced by Ruhrtriennale – International Festival of the Arts. In co-production with Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Maribor Theatre Festival – Festival Borštnikovosrečanje in the framework of Maribor 2012 European Capital of Culture, Festival d’Automne, Paris, Grand Théâtre, Luxemburg, kunstenfestivaldesarts Brüssel, Holland Festival, Amsterdam, Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen.

With friendly assistance of Verein der Freunde und Förderer der Ruhrtriennale e.V. Ruhrtriennale is supported by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

World Premiere 26 Sep 2012, Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, Germany.

Image: Wonge Bergmann for the Ruhrtriennale

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Thu 23 – Sun 26 Oct

Thu – Sat at 8pm

Sun at 5pm

1 hr 20 mins, no interval

Premium $129
A Reserve $99 / $89
B Reserve $79 / $69
C Reserve $59 / $49
Students $25 
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  • Assistive listening
  • Wheelchair
  • Performed in English