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.

Michael Morris & James Lingwood, Co-Directors of Artangel, said:

“This will be Heiner Goebbels’ second work for Artangel, a decade after Stifter’s Dinge
entranced audiences beneath Marylebone Road in 2008. We’re equally delighted to be
revisiting special relationships with 14-18 NOW and the Manchester International Festival
in the kind of ambitious, collaborative hybrid that Heiner has made his hallmark.”

Jenny Waldman, Director of 14-18 NOW, said:

“14-18 NOW commissions artists to create new work inspired by the First World War. We
are delighted to be presenting this major new piece by Heiner Goebbels, which takes the
War as its starting point in exploring the recent history of Europe.”

John McGrath, CEO and Artistic Director of MIF, said:

“We are thrilled to be working with Artangel again, as well as 14-18 NOW, to premiere
Heiner Goebbels’ extraordinary new work in Manchester. As a meditation on European
history, presenting it within the wonderfully atmospheric space of the Mayfield, historically
a site of passage and connection, seems highly apt. For audiences it will offer a hint of the
exciting work that will be made and experienced when we open The Factory.”

James Heather, Development Director at U+I Plc, said:

“We have a long relationship with the Manchester International Festival and we are delighted to host yet another world premiere  for the programme right here in the heart of the city.”


Listing Information

Everything that happened and would happen
Mayfield, Manchester,
10 – 21 October
Tickets: £25 / £20 concessions / £10 for Greater Manchester residents on a lower wage
Click here for a full list of times.

Press night: 10 October