An exciting cultural season

This fall, in addition to a few concerts, Zefiro Torna is preparing a number of (inter)national productions that will premiere in spring 2020.
We are especially looking forward to work with the theater company Laika. Together we'll transform the Balsam program into a mysterious alchemical lab where the public is served elixirs, ointments, syrups, all while the music enchants.
In addition, we will bring a few noon concerts at Opera Vlaanderen with the Champions des Dames program.
We'll also celebrate Beethoven 2020 with the hybrid concert installation PASTORALE, in which the music helps shape an ecology of microscopic life forms.

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Premiere Time Crawls

On Tuesday, August 13, the production Time Crawls will premiere during the festival De Zomer van Sint-Pieter in Leuven. Melodies by Jowan Merckx - member of Zefiro Torna - were arranged by composers Marnix De Cat and Martin Valcke for a new kind of broken consort, performed by an international top cast. The program traverses the European mainland from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, and from Ireland to the Black Sea via polkas, bourrées, jigs, Breton folk dances and waltzes, to the typical tonalities and rhythms of the Balkans.

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Summer 2019

With the holidays ahead we announce our summer concerts. After some well-deserved rest, we're back on stage with B.I.G. at the MAfestival Bruges and Llibre Vermell at the Eté Mosan Festival. We also make time for the creation of the brand new production Time Crawls with melodies by Jowan Merckx, set by composers Marnix De Cat and Martin Valcke for a new kind of broken consort.


Balsam - sold out

Both Balsam concerts on 6 and 7 May 2019, during the Lunalia festival, are now sold out. Want to see Balsam live? Come to Dil'Arte in Dilbeek on 6 April, there are still a few tickets left.


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— Jurisdiction in seven sounds and scenes (2017)


For centuries jurisdiction divides what is right from what is wrong. Laws are made to maintain order, and those who seek for chaos will have to appear in front of the blindfolded Lady Justice. We identify her verdict with fairness. The law is the law: it has no feelings. But the contrary is true for justice: it is permeated by emotions. JUST= illustrates this tension in seven scenes. The main characters voor every scene are: religion, power, morality, politics, outcasts, time and the arts. A clash of disciplines will guide you, from elderly people to rappers, from Händel to a silent movie to... And you, dear visitor, will be both witness and cause from all harm.

Willy Thomas, Jurgen De bruyn concept

Sarah Eisa, LAZARUS, Freek Mariën, Tom Lanoye text

Willy Thomas, Jurgen De bruyn, Ruud Gielens staging

Günther Lesage, Pieter Genard, Joris Van Den Brande, Koen De Graeve, Ryszek Turbiasz, Willy Thomas, Charlotte Vandermeersch performance

Charlotte Vandermeersch, Eurudike De Beul, Jonathan De Ceuster, Viermaliks, kinderkoor etc. vocals

Martin Valcke, Händel, Hanns Eisler, etc. music

Ensemble Zefiro Torna o.l.v. Jurgen De bruyn: Annelies Decock, Marrie Mooij, Thomas Luks, Dimos de Beun, Jurgen De bruyn, beiaardiers, Stedelijk Conservatorium Mechelen, Gökhan Girginol, Serdi Faki, etc. music performance

Mathias Ruelle film

Karen De Wolf costumes

Sarah Eisa dramaturgy

ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, Cultuurcentrum Mechelen technical support

commissioned by OP.RECHT.MECHELEN stadsfestival 2016-2018