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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Zefiro Torna – Zoo/Thomas Hauert

The music ensemble Zefiro Torna and the contemporary dance company ZOO \ Thomas Hauert join hands for a performance based on old musical enigmas.

Zefiro Torna dedicate themselves to the secrets of the riddle canons from the ars subtilior and the renaissance. The code to these canons is hidden in cryptic clues, as in the famous ‘Ma fin est mon commencement’ by Guillaume de Machaut. Or it adopts the most inventive emblematic forms, such as the labyrinth in En la maison de Daedalus, the compass by Cordier, the key and the sword by Vaet, the chess board by Senfl and Danckerts or the dice by Josquin. These musical enigmas can be interpreted as a metaphor for man’s existential quest. The same theme and technique inspired J.S. Bach for his composition for organ Ein kleines Harmonisches Labyrinth. The human quest is also central in the more recent ricercares by Jonathan Harvey, Heinz Holliger’s exploration of the limits of an instrument and Richard Rijnvos’ music boxes.

Especially the labyrinth recurs throughout history as a symbol for the ‘condition humaine’. In the Christian tradition – to which the old music studied by Zefiro Torna belongs – it represented the difficult path along the temptations of life to the ultimate, heavenly salvation. What could this quest mean today? How can we reconcile a symbol based on the perspective of a unique ‘way out’ with the contemporary relativistic philosophies?

Thomas Hauert explores the mechanics of the body as a combined play of possibilities, directions and limits. One of the main research activities of the company consists of developing complex systems that can coordinate a group in motion. Time and again the dancers change directions, return on their steps, in a quest that seems to have sense nor outcome. Here, the trajectory itself is more important than the outcome. The individual develops a trajectory in an environment full of restrictions, yet retains a certain freedom of choice. In Thomas Hauert’s work, this study of movement between freedom and restriction is applied simultaneously to all parts of the body, at every moment and in every direction.

The performance puzzled develops as a sequence of enigmas: each time a mistery is solved, a new one appears. Polyphonic voices and instrumental caccias accompany the dancers on a timeless quest, that will perhaps never be fulfilled.

co-production / Musica Antiqua Bruges, Festival van Vlaanderen Tongeren, Zoo Compagnie

Els Van Laethem, Cécile Kempenaers cantus
Els Janssens altus
Kristien Ceuppens hautboy
Liam Fennelly / Paulina Van Laarhoven fiddle, viola da gamba
Jurgen De bruyn lute, artistic direction
Wouter Koelewijn organ
Prof. Dr. Katelijne Schiltz research
Contemporary Dance Compagny ‘Zoo’ / Thomas Hauert choreographer