Paul Maheke, Nkisi & Ariel Efraim Ashbel


Part of “Spirits, Jinns & Avatars”


approx. 50 mins.

“Sènsa” is a Bantu term that translates as “to become visible” or “to appear from a distance”. Paul Maheke, Nkisi, and Ariel Efraim Ashbel combine movement, sound, and light to explore diasporic imaginations and ancestral knowledge. As the music alternates between atmospheric waves and haunting twitches, ghostly shadows emerge and murmured words sound like spells.

This event can be combined with “Macho Dancer” by Eisa Jocson.


Concept: Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Paul Maheke, Melika Ngombe Kolongo (Nkisi) / Music: Melika Ngombe Kolongo (Nkisi) / Lighting: Ariel Efraim Ashbel / Choreography: Paul Maheke / Costume: Firpal Jawanda / Styling: Curtly Thomas / Stage manager (HAU): Ruprecht Lademann, Tom Sattler / Stage technology (HAU): Dominik Stillfried, Şenol Şentürk, Bernhard Linde / Lighting manager (HAU): Marc Zeuske / Lighting technology (HAU): Fabian Boldt, Ulrich Kellermann, Luise Graeff / Sound technology (HAU): Matthias Kirschke / Video technology (HAU): Marius Bratoveanu, Jan Gryczan / Costume (HAU): Aleix Llussà Lòpez

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  • Past
    Thu 9.3.2023, 20:30 / HAU1
    Fri 10.3.2023, 20:30 / HAU1

Further Information

  • Visitor note

    Very loud music and flashing lights are used in this event.


After the performance on 10.3.: Dance with us! with Maryisonacid / free entry

Due to the scenic setting, this event at HAU1 is not wheelchair accessible.


Sènsa was co-commissioned and co-presented by Abrons Arts Center, Red Bull Arts New York and Performa 19 Biennial.

Supported by Arts Council England, FUSED (French U.S. Exchange in Dance), and the Flemish Minister for Culture. This project has been selected and supported by the patronage committee for the arts of Fondation des Artistes. With additional help from ICA London. A first iteration of Sènsa was developed in collaboration with Block Universe, London.


Stresemannstr. 29, 10963 Berlin

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