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
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

Audio: Justus Beyer
Subtitels: Furqan Sohail
Camera: Philipp Meise
Editing: Clemens Hund-Göschel

Supported by Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.