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World Premiere

Everything that happened and would happen

A new work by Heiner Goebbels

Everything that happened and would happen was an epic new work that used live music, performance, sound, movement, images and film to explore Europe since the outbreak of the First World War.

From the crisis of conflict to the promise of peace, Everything that happened and would happen surveyed a contradictory world always on the verge of collapse – only to be rebuilt as if nothing had happened.

Created by Heiner Goebbels, one of the world’s most visionary artists and composers, and featuring 20 performers and musicians, this extraordinary new work received its world premiere on Wed 10 October 2018 in the immense and atmospheric site of Mayfield, a former railway depot next to Manchester Piccadilly station.


“Many words have been used to describe Heiner Goebbels: classical composer, theatre director, rock musician, innovator, intellectual… But it strikes me that the most accurate is magician”
The Daily Telegraph

“Mesmeric and meticulously choreographed… Completely hypnotic”
The Stage

“Evokes the ghosts of the entire 20th century… Another impressive landmark piece from MIF”
The Times

“Goebbels has a genius for creating arresting theatrical images"
The Daily Telegraph


Produced by Artangel. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, Artangel, Park Avenue Armory and Ruhrtriennale.
The world premiere is co-presented by Artangel and Manchester International Festival as a pre-Factory event, for its new world-class arts space, The Factory, being developed in Manchester.

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