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Stifters Dinge (Stifter’s Things) is a composition for five pianos with no pianists, a play with no actors, a performance without performers – one might say a no-man show. First and foremost, it is an invitation to audiences to enter a fascinating space full of sounds and images, an invitation to see and hear. It revolves around awareness of things, things that in the theatre are often part of the set or act as props and play a merely illustrative role. Here they become protagonists: light, pictures, murmurs, sounds, voices, wind and mist, water and ice.
Goebbels describes Stifters Dinge—inspired by the 19th-century Austrian romantic novelist Adalbert Stifter—as “an encounter with the Other, with a sense of time which does not mirror our own rhythms. The unknown voice, which tells you something you don’t understand.”
The performative installation Stifters Dinge has been performed more than 300 times in four continents, garnering numerous awards and drawing extraordinary critical and public acclaim. It is one of the most frequently performed stage works of Goebbels’s, distinguished for its unique audiovisual concept that has a powerful effect on the listeners’ senses. Eulogised as a music-theatre legend of today, Goebbels creates his own brand of performances between theatre and opera, which often leave audiences gasping in astonishment. The work that has earned worldwide acclaim will be shown for the first time not only in Lithuania but also in the Baltic countries.