The Names Music by LABOUR | 2023  
Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin  

The Names by Ariel Efraim Ashbel and Friends Music by LABOUR | photo credits: Frank Sperling

Following the traditional Jewish practice of weekly scripture readings, the group takes a passage from the Torah as the basis for a full-length spectacle. A new text by the author Senthuran Varatharajah is brought together with the sound of Studio LABOUR, the voices of the Berlin “Show Choir” and a visually powerful lighting concept by Joseph Wegmann. The result is a new gospel that not only tolerates but celebrates diversity and complexity, renewing the age-old promise of a community that is constantly in the making.

Artistic direction: Ariel Efraim Ashbel 
Text & Performance: Senthuran Varatharajah
Musical Direction: LABOUR (Colin Hacklander & Farahnaz Hatam) 
Performance & choir direction: Jessica Gadani  
Featuring: Show Choir Berlin, Ethan Braun, Ravid Kahalani , Daphna Keen 
Lighting: Joseph Wegmann 
Stage design: Jonas Droste  
Dramaturgy & Assistance direction: Katharina Joy Book 
Costumes: Marquet K. Lee 
Costume assistance: Kristjana Bjorg Reynisdóttir
Production: Anna von Glasenapp

Performed at HAU Berlin on January 11, 12, 14 & 15, 2023.