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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— Dual unity cycle (2007)

Zefiro Torna – ZOO/Thomas Hauert – Tom Hannes


Dancer Eun-Kyung Lee is partly living in Belgium and partly in Korea. Incorporating two cultures results in a unique portrait such as the juxtaposition of baroque arias of Cavalli and Händel with traditional and popular Korean music in order to find a way of expressing a new totality.

In 1917 Marcel Duchamp shocks the art world by putting a urinal on a pedestal. In the sixth century A.D. a Chinese monk shocks the emperor by saying: “One big emptiness, nothing holy.” Zen priest and theatre maker Tom Hannes lets these two stories interact.

The dance performance “Parallallemande” consists of three parts. First, there is a solo on a version of the allemande taken from the second violin partita of J.S. Bach in a version for trumpet, followed by a solo on a performance of the same piece on violin and to conclude there is a duet on the superposition of the two versions. Zefiro Torna applies the same principle to the vocal duet “Et in unum Dominum” from Bach’s Messe in H-Moll.

Solo for EKL

Thomas Hauert concept and direction

Thomas Hauert i.s.m. Eun-Kyung Lee choreography

Eun-Kyung Lee dance

Simon Siegmann set and light design

ZOO/Thomas Hauert production

BOZAR Dance Brussel en GaneSa Seoul coproduction


Thomas Hauert concept and direction

Thomas Hauert, Mat Voorter dance

Jan Van Gijsel, Thomas Hauert lights

ZOO/Thomas Hauert production

Tom Hannes zen priest, writer, performer

Zefiro Torna: Griet De Geyter, Els Van Laethem vocals - Jurgen De bruyn artistic director