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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— 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