Instrumentalists who also throw balls, tennis players who also play instruments, musicians who also sing, singers who are also orchestra players, musicians who also act, actors who also make music – these were the components of the performance entitled Black on White by Heiner Goebbels, presented by the Ensemble Modern in the Israel Festival.
Mixing the incompatibles and wandering aimlessly on and off the stage, the artists incessantly bombarded the audience with the unexpected. Being consequently stunned for the first 20 minutes, one then started to expect the unexpected. This caused the goings on to defeat their own purpose.
The music was consistently unmelodic, proceeding in repetitive motivic patterns that tended to have a hypnotic effect before they became fatiguing.