German director-composer wins $430K Ibsen Award
German composer and director Heiner Goebbels has won the 2.5 million kroner ($430,000) International Ibsen Award for his contribution to theatre.
Goebbels is artistic director of the Ruhrtriennale Festival and has created works such as Black on White, Max Black, Eraritjaritjaka, Stifters Dinge and Songs Of Wars I Have Seen, most of them produced by Theatre Vidy in Lausanne, Switzerland.
He was hailed by the jury as "one of the great creative personalities of today" and singled out for particular praise for his innovative use of music.
"He is responsible for an astounding body of work in disparate disciplines and has exerted a profound influence on theatre practitioners and musicians," said Per Boye-Hansen, chair of the jury.
"His theatrical work extends from a large-scale work for the opera house to an installation for theatre without actors. Each piece is essentially different in character and form and each is genuinely ground breaking. He is a true innovator and his works defy conventional definition."
He will be presented with the prize on Sept. 23 during the Ibsen Festival in Oslo, Norway.
The International Ibsen Award, named after Norwegian playwright Henrick Ibsen who lived 1828 to 1906, is awarded every two years on Ibsen’s birthday, March 20.