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Heiner Goebbels Wins The International Ibsen Award

Heiner Goebbels. Foto: Bernhard Ludewig
Heiner Goebbels. Photo: Bernhard Ludewig

The winner of the International Ibsen Award 2012 was announced at the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin on 20 March, Ibsen’s birthday. This year’s award goes to Heiner Goebbels. The jury says: "Heiner Goebbels — creator of works for theatre, theatre director, composer, musician, teacher and festival programmer — is one of the great creative personalities of today. He is responsible for an astounding body of work in disparate disciplines and has exerted a profound influence on theatre practitioners and musicians. His theatrical work extends from a large scale work for the opera house to an installation for theatre without actors."

About the winner: Heiner Goebbels was born in Germany, 1952. He has composed and directed music theatre since the 1990s. Some of his most famous works include "Black on White", "Max Black", "Eraritjaritjaka", "Stifters Dinge", and "Songs of Wars I Have Seen". Most have been produced by Theatre Vidy, Lausanne.
Heiner Goebbels is professor at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies of the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, President of the Theatre Academy of Hesse, and artistic director for Ruhrtriennale.

The award ceremony takes place during the International Ibsen Festival at the National Theatre in Oslo 23.8.-9.9. "Eraritjaritjaka" will be the festival’s finale.

The International Ibsen Award, one of the world’s most prestigious theatre prizes, is awarded for bringing a new artistic dimension to the world of drama or theatre. The Norwegian government funds the award, which amounts to 2,5 million kroner (330 000 Euro). The award has previously been awarded to Peter Brook, Ariane Mnouchkine and Jon Fosse.