Heiner Goebbels: I Went To The House But Did Not Enter

A stage production inspired by Beckett, Kafka and others
Heiner Goebbels, 'I Went To The House But Did Not Enter'. Photograph: Mario del Curto

The Barbican in London is hosting Heiner Goebbels' I Went To The House But Did Not Enter, 'a staged concert bringing together texts by T. S. Eliot, Franz Kafka, Maurice Blanchot and Samuel Beckett'. Music is performed live courtesy of the Hilliard Ensemble (my thanks to Stephen Mitchelmore for the link):
I Went To The House But Did Not Enter is a staged concert in three tableaux, composed by Heiner Goebbels and magnificiently performed by the world-famous Hilliard Ensemble.

The tableaux are dedicated to four key twentieth-century literary texts by T.S. Eliot, Maurice Blanchot, Franz Kafka and Samuel Beckett. Although markedly different, each text focuses on a fragmented and anonymous protagonist, an anti-hero who embarks on a journey to everywhere and nowhere.

Through imaginative staging and a wonderfully restrained vocal presence that is strikingly different from the performance style often found on the operatic stage, the four singers bring each story vividly to life.

The show runs from 28 April to 1 May. Further information is available at the Barbican website.