Zefiro Torna's antidote

Like many other artists and ensembles, Zefiro Torna had to cancel upcoming concerts due to the corona crisis. It's a pity, but the health of everyone around us comes first.

In the meantime, we continue to work on future projects from our attic, living room or improvised office. Every week, we'll provide a musical antidote, starting with this playlist on Spotify:

Stay healthy and creative!


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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—  (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