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: https://spoti.fi/3bl07iS
Stay healthy and creative!
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.
Zefiro Torna announces a new spring with groundbreaking multidisciplinary creations, international collaborations and timeless music that touches body and mind. Download our brochure, full of inspiration for your cultural season 2020-21
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.
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