Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends


in praise of shadows

performative concert Music & Sound Theatre & Performance

Following „no apocalypse not now“, MOONSTRUCK: in praise of shadows is the most current stage production by the artist group around Israeli director Ariel Efraim Ashbel who knows how to connect the conceptual with the sensational in surprising ways. This time, elements from the blockbuster “Moonstruck” (1987) collide with “In Praise of Shadows” by Japanese author Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, to take a critical look at the colonialist expansionist urge of Western culture. The audience may expect a wild collage of images, bodies, lights, and sounds in which the space itself becomes the principal player. As an abstract, performative concert, MOONSTRUCK will oscillate between eeriness and fulfilment in a peculiar manner.

partners in crime


Directed by Ariel Efraim Ashbel. Cast: Jessica Gadani, Cassie Augusta Jørgensen, Adam Linder, Jen Rosenblit , Tatiana Saphir. Music: Melika Ngombe Kolongo (Nkisi). Costumes: Marquet Lee. Light: Joseph Wegmann. Stage technology: Jonas Maria Droste. Dramaturgy: Petra Poelzl. Assistant director: Katharina Joy Book. Production: Anna von Glasenapp. Thanks to: Ethan Braun, Alona Rodeh, Senthuran Varatharajah


Production: Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends. Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds. With the support of: Gessnerallee Zurich