Hiding Place – The Ornament


26.01.2024 19:30 - Theater im Delphi, Gustav-Adolf-Straße 2, 13086 Berlin

27.01.2024 19:30 - Theater im Delphi, Gustav-Adolf-Straße 2, 13086 Berlin

28.01.2024 18:00 - Resonanzraum Hamburg, Feldstraße 66, 20359 Hamburg

On January 26th and 27th at Theater im Delphi in Berlin and on January 28th at the resonanzraum in Hamburg, Zafraan Ensemble takes you to Northern India, mixing Urdu legends, new music and shadow theatre. Come along !


In the realm of the kite flyers: the Zafraan Ensemble, together with composer Uday Krishnakumar and narrator Timsal Masud, take us to Northern India in 1903!

Hiding Place – The Ornament is an imagined performance practice with elements of shadow puppetry, narration and instrumental music that brings us to North India in 1903 – a world of kite fighting practitioners. In his journey for patronage and acclaim, a master kite flyer finds his art form in question as he is forced to witness the dissolving of previous social and cultural structures. The composer Uday Krishnakumar puts the audience in a state of unique amazement with the extreme slowing down, expansion and superimposition of simple stories and melodies.

Composition: Uday Krishnakumar
Libretto: Timsal Masud
Dramaturgical accompaniment: Sebastian Hanusa
Narration: Timsal Masud, Furqan Sohail
Shadow play: Alexei Tchernyi, Wu Zhi
Sitar: Michel Guay
Matyas Wolter: Surbahar

Zafraan Ensemble:
Flute: Liam Mallett
Clarinet: Miguel Pérez Iñesta
Microtonal clavichord: Clemens Hund-Göschel
Harp: Anna Viechtl
Violin: Emmanuelle Bernard Emmanuelle Bernard
Viola: Josa Gerhard
Violoncello: Martin Smith

Production management: Sophie Beck
Management and public relations: Sofia Surgutschowa