NERF

—  (2013)

Zefiro Torna – Ultima Thule

Musique Theatre (Dutch Spoken)

Zefiro Torna - Ultima Thule

They’re having a celebration tomorrow at retirement home Eglantine. Frans and Hélène, both 106 years of age, celebrate their 80th anniversary together. But in the middle of the night, while he is looking at her, Frans notices that she isn’t Hélène any more. The contours are hers, but the colouring is shabby. Help, Frans! Help! He has to do something! Now! The door is a bit ajar. The moment is now! And then, suddenly, there they are: memories: a story about youth and old age, about steps and missteps, truth and fiction, love and loss.

In NERF, the knotty existence of two elderly lovers is stripped of its bark until a thin and pulsing vein of life remains. Moving, sad and comical dialogues and scenes are part of a continuous symbolic metamorphosis. Shapes transform, words become superfluous, sounds pan out. Reaching towards their essence.

Ultima Thule guarantees an impressive figure theatre. The musicians of Zefiro Torna spin a delicate net throughout the performance. Their quest for the ‘better chanson’ leads them to surprising locational and time related dimensions and forgotten genres.

Sven Ronsijn text and staging
Tineke Caels, Erik Bassier performance
Jurgen De bruyn, Soetkin Baptist or Elise Caluwaerts music/performance
Els Van Laethem musical advice
Wim De Wulf coaching
Evelyne Meersschaut puppets/costumes
Ultima Thule, Zefiro Torna scenography
Rupert Defossez technique
Ludo Vleugels sound engineer

In collaboration with Zomer Van Antwerpen