This looks like a quirky and original piece of musical theatre. Sorry to miss it as I'm out of London: Hashirigaki
by Geoff Brown for The Times
SO WHAT is this? Music theatre? Art installation? Semantics lecture? Post-Modern circus? You expect Germany’s mixed-media maverick Heiner Goebbels to smash pigeonholes, but even for him Hashirigaki reaches new levels of fusion. “Running, rushing, writing fluently, outlining”: those are the title’s meanings in Japanese, and throughout the 90-minute show sounds and images follow suit, running fluently, blending into a magical world where familiar objects, pop songs and words are deconstructed and made new......
What makes this circus so entrancing is the kiss of humanity supplied by the performers. Goyette, Charlotte Engelkes and Yumiko Tanaka are the heart of the show. Whether freezing in gymnastic display, rotating like mechanical dolls, or spindling out Stein’s serpentine sentences, they disport themselves with warmth, precision and humour. click for more
File under, "You can't please all the people all the time." Dada kabuki no-no
Rupert Christiansen reviews Hashirigaki at the Barbican for The Daily Telegraph
Hashirigaki is the Japanese for "running, rushing, writing fluently, outlining", and it forms the opening word of a celebrated kabuki play. There is little more I can confidently tell you about this show, except to advise you to give it a wide berth.
It has been conceived, directed, and - in the broadest sense of the word - composed by Heiner Goebbels, a respected figure of the current Middle European avant-garde. Maybe he has something profound to say about the relationship between Eastern and Western culture, but only a braver man than I, Gunga Din, could venture a rational explanation of Hashirigaki.
"Rational" - that's the bugbear, of course. Goebbels doesn't bother with "rational", because rational is merely a boring bourgeois delusion. click for more