Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends

Tikkun Leil Shavu’ot

Durational performance
15.5., 21:00 – 16.5., 5:00


English / 

A collage of colorful and black and white elements. The centre is a section of an upper body with breasts.
Eine Collage aus farbigen und schwarz-weißen Elementen. Im Zentrum des Bildes tanzen viele Menschen im Kreis um eine überlebensgroße Weinflasche.

In the week of the Jewish Holiday Shavu’ot, Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends present an event inspired by the medieval tradition of “the Tikkun”. Hebrew for “amending” or “correcting”, it describes in the context of this holiday the tradition of studying the Torah for a whole night.

Ashbel and friends’ version of the Tikkun is the latest step in an ongoing series of performances stemming from rituals of the Jewish calendar that the group has been developing over the last years. In this night-long-happening, streamed live at HAU4, they will discuss this holy day, study, play music, make images and host guests remotely: Michal Govrin, Isabel Lewis, Adam Linder, Susan McClary, Assaf Shelleg, Sarah Thom, Senthuran Varatharajah, amongst others.

Unfolding over eight hours from dusk till dawn, they will address the main issues at the heart of Shavu’ot: the receiving of the ten commandments by Moses, the book of Ruth and the idea of the harvest. Thoughts, bodies, traditions, images, sounds will create a tapestry of emerging performative contemplations.



Introduction, Live music, Torah reading and discussion – Ariel Efraim Ashbel & Friends 

Readings and discussions – Susan McClary and Assaf Shelleg

Interlude – Ruth Rosenfeld


Readings and discussions – Isabel Lewis

Mirror ritual and the 10 commandments, dance and discussions

Interlude – Joseph Wegmann and Daphna Keenan

Readings and discussions – Michal Govrin und Senthuran Varatharajah


Yemeni spiral - Music, dance and prayer


Interlude – Ariel Efraim Ashbel

Readings and discussions – Adam Linder


Shmita hour - time to let go, live music and Thora reading


Interlude – Ethan Braun

Morning musical ritual and Nurit Hirsh Tribute Concert 

Readings and discussions –  Sarah Thom

Note: This schedule is subject to change during the event. 


By and with: Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Ethan Braun, Ruth Rosenfeld, Joseph Wegmann / Featuring, remotely: Michal Govrin, Isabel Lewis, Adam Linder, Susan McClary, Assaf Shelleg, Sarah Thom, Senthuran Varatharajah / Live editing: Daphna Keenan / Production management: Anna von Glasenapp / Production assistance: David Reiber Otálora


  • Past
    Sat 15.5.2021, 21:00 / HAU4

For the participation, Zoom needs to be installed on the technical device and headphones are recommended.

Due to an extensive PCR 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, HAU Hebbel am Ufer.


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