Ariel Efraim Ashbel & friends

Moonstruck: In Praise of Shadows


English /  Language no problem /  70 min.

Who cares about the stature of man when we can go to the moon? Originating from Hannah Arendt’s questions, “Moonstruck” immerses itself in the dark side of the renaissance to which the territorial expansion of the western colonial powers also belongs. Long before the current space barons flew to the moon, it served as a projection surface, a phantasmagorical colony for Columbus or the Spanish conquistadors. Inspired by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki’s essay “In Praise of Shadows” Ariel Efraim Ashbel & friends celebrate the performative potential of darkness, its textures and nuances in an interplay of performers, light, objects, and sound. On a mad journey through a rugged terrain of reflective surfaces which is as strange as it is humorous, the light and dark sides of the terrestrial desire for the moon meet. While shadowy robots dance to gentle harp music, Martha Graham and Queen Isabella exchange caresses in the twilight. A thunderous show full of cosmic changes in the weather, which calls up the fantasies and mirages of western humanism in order to ultimately confront them with the realities of the planet that serves as our home.


Direction: Ariel Efraim Ashbel / By and with: Jessica Gadani, Cassie Augusta Jørgensen, Adam Linder, Tatiana Saphir / Music: Melika Ngombe Kolongo (Nkisi) / Costume: Marquet Lee / Assistance costume: Kristjana Björg Reynisdóttir, Laetitia Tshombe / Lighting: Joseph Wegmann / Stage technician: Jonas Droste / Dramaturgy: Petra Poelzl / Assistance direction: Katharina Joy Book / Production: Anna von Glasenapp / Thanks to: Ethan Braun, Alona Rodeh, Senthuran Varatharajah


  • Past
    Wed 3.11.2021, 19:00 / HAU1
    Thu 4.11.2021, 19:00 / HAU1
    Fri 5.11.2021, 19:00 / HAU1
    Sat 6.11.2021, 19:00 / HAU1

Attention: Strong light effects are used during the performance.
Due to an extensive testing regime for SARS-CoV-2, the performers can also move on stage in this production without minimum distance.


Production: Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds. Supported by: Gessnerallee Zürich.


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