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13-01-2020:

A lab of senses

In January 2020, Zefiro Torna will reshape the production of Balsam into a music theater performance that stimulates all the senses. To this end, the ensemble works together with theater company Laika - Theater der Zinnen. Balsam becomes a visual and physically stimulating laboratory in which the live music merges with surprising scents and flavors. While the music is simmering and enchanting, the spectators witness all kinds of experiments and chemical processes: oil solidifies dropwise into edible pearls, milk becomes electric, charcoal a sweet treat. Balms, powders, drinks and amuse gueules in all scents, colors and flavors are presented and shared by the performers with those sitting next to you, premiered on January 31, 2020 in Le Channel (Calais, FR) and then on tour in France, The Netherlands and Belgium.

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Les Champions des Dames

— Music from the time of the Flemish Primitives (2011)

Zefiro Torna

The love poem "Le champion des dames", written in 1441-42 by poet Martin le Franc for Philip the Good, depicts the composers Guillaume Dufay and Gilles Binchois together. Inspired by the innovating English style of John Dunstable, these composers break with the complex 'ars subtilior' style. Driven by their love of Florentine women, classical themes and humanism, they write diamonds of musical illumination, bridging middle ages and renaissance, that are widely praised at the Burgundy court.

The program ‘Les Champions des Dames’ is conceived as a triptique: ‘Adoring the female beauty’ which an anonymous poet describes as ‘blans, blond, tout par mesure’ (pale, blond and well proportioned). ‘The loss of a loved one’, in which verses by Christine de Pizan’s ballade ‘Deuil Angoisseus’ are beautifully set to music by Binchois. The final part brings ‘Hope for the new year’ and ‘joye sans fin’ (infinite joy)!

  • Lieselot De Wilde soprano
  • Dimos De Beun clavecymbalum, recorders
  • Jurgen De bruyn lute, voice, artistic direction