Everything that happened and would happen by German composer and artist Heiner Goebbels will receive its world premiere in Manchester this autumn, from 10–21 October 2018. The work integrates live music, performance and large-scale multimedia installations and will take place in the vast space of Mayfield, an historic former railway station. Cocommissioned by Artangel, 14-18 NOW, Park Avenue Armory and Ruhrtriennale, the world premiere is being presented with Manchester International Festival (MIF) as a pre-Factory event for its new world-class arts space being developed in Manchester.
Goebbels’ new work is inspired by contrasting source materials in a sideways view of European history from the First World War to the present day: Patrik Ouředník’s 2001 book Europeana; elements from Goebbels’ 2012 staging of John Cage’s Europeras; and a live feed from TV channel Euronews’ No Comment – original, unedited footage of the news, without commentary or mediation. Everything that happened and would happen spans 120 years of European history with a landscape of 20 performers, dancers, objects and new music.