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 inspiration for Shadows was found in the tradition of the Tenebrae. This liturgy traditionally begins before sunrise in a chapel only lit by thirteen candles. During the singing of the Divine Office and while daytime draws closer, the candles are put out one by one symbolising the abandonment of Christ by his disciples, finally resulting in his death. At dawn, daylight counters the darkness and reminds us of the arrival of Spring and the expected resurrection of Christ at Easter.
Shadows visually confronts the internal aspects of this game of shadows. Within each of us, there is a stream of emotions moving through various shades of light and dark. These internal shadows are given a physical form in a live calligraphy performance. Jeroen D’hoe’s composition forms a cycle of seven movements contrasting with six articulated moments of silence. Neuenschwander’s and D’hoe’s libretto is a lyrical meditation on shadows in all its forms. Zefiro Torna approaches the theme from different musical perspectives: ranging from minimalistic ‘songs’ to contrapuntal and antiphonal settings.
Griet De Geyter soprano, percussion
Els Van Laethem soprano, percussion, tromba marina
Benjamin Glorieux cello
Jurgen De bruyn renaissance lute, archiliuto, percussion, vocals, artistic direction
Jeroen D’hoe composition (commissioned by Festival van Vlaanderen Mechelen)
Brody Neuenschwander live calligraphy
Brody Neuenschwander & Jeroen D’hoe libretto
Mise-en-scène Tom Hannes
Lighting design Jan Van GijselIn collaboration with Festival van Vlaanderen Mechelen