Heiner Goebbels

  • Wed 11.10.06 20 h
  • Thu 12.10.06 20 h

Max Black is performed by a single actor, André Wilms, who plays a pyromaniac philosopher on an expedition through a laboratory of the mind. Composer, Heiner Goebbels succeeds in theatrical alchemy with a work that combines experimental music and astounding onstage pyrotechnics with texts by Ludwig Wittgenstein, Paul Valéry, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg and Russian-born mathematician Max Black.

Max Black  premiered in 1998 in Lausanne and has toured since extensively throughout Europe and Canda. It is the second part of a trilogy featuring the actor André Wilms. The first part, ›Ou bien le débarquement désastreux‹, was created in 1993 and the third part, Eraritjaritjaka - museé des phrases, from 2004 was awarded the Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Festival. 

Max Black is performed mostly in French with German subtitles.


Text, music and direction: Heiner Goebbels

Set design and light: Klaus Grünberg

Pyrotechnics: Pierre-Alain Hubert

Costumes: Jasmin Andreae

Sound design: Willi Bopp

Musical collaboration and live sampling: Markus Hechtle

Dramaturgy: Stephan Buchberger

Director’s assistant: Katja Armknecht

With: André Wilms

Production: Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne E.T.E

Co-production: TAT (Frankfurt), DeSingel (Antwerp), Bayerisches, Staatsschauspiel/ Marstall, (Munich), MIGROS Pour-cent culturel

With the support of: STEIM-Studio for Electronic and Instrumental Music (Amsterdam), PRO HELVETIA

Performance rights: S.Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main

Photos: Mario del Curto

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