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'Ordnung', by Dorn ° Bering (Stephan Dorn and Gesa Bering), 2016. Photo: Heiner Goebbels.
Heiner Goebbels

There Is No Such Thing as a Giessen School


When Heiner Goebbels will leave the Institute of Applied Theatre Studies in spring 2018, he looks back to nearly twenty years of teaching – from which he has worked also as a managing director for almost ten years. In his keynote he will discuss common restrictions in the education of performing arts today, as well as giving some insight in the basic conditions of the institute's structure: what he considers being the major factors for the creativity of its students. Rather than providing them with technics of 'how to do it' he strengthens the process, in which the students are able to develop their own aesthetics.


Giessen School; institution; theatre education; performance; university

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Heiner Goebbels

German composer and director, graduated in sociology and music, Professor at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies of the Justus Liebig University in Giessen and President of Theatre Academy Hessen. Author of music theatre works, staged concerts, installative and radio works, compositions for ensemble and big orchestra. In the 70’s he composed for and performed with Jazz Duo Goebbels Harth, in the 80’s with Art   Rock Group Cassiber. Since the 90’s unique music theatre works, which have been presented around the world and also in Poland at Warsaw Autum Festival (The Liberation of PrometheusHashirigakiLandscape with distantSongs of Wars I Have Seen), at Festival ENCOUNTERS (Eraritjaritjaka), at the Confrontations Festival Lublin (When the Mountain changed its clothing), at Festiwal Muzyczny / Nowy Teatr (Stifters Dinge) and during Theatre Olympics Wroclaw (Max Black). 2012-2014 artistic director of „Ruhrtriennale - International Festival of the Arts“. Goebbels has received many international awards and released numerous CDs by ECM records. His anthology Gegen das Gesamtkunstwerk: Zur Differenz der Künste was translated into Polish and published in Ha!art in Krakow in 2015. For more info see: