Odysseus returns home after 20 years of wandering into the arms of Penelope. Claudio Monteverdi’s opera ‘Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria’ serves Yaron Lifschitz and the acclaimed Circa Ensemble as the foundation for a powerfully theatrical narrative. Orbiting timelessly over themes of exile and salvation; loyalty and longing for home, and by linking this ancient legend with Primo Levi’s testimony as a Holocaust survivor. Mythology and history draw new energies from the powerful physicality of the dancers and artists. This is how great opera marries with the thrill of the circus world.
Created by Yaron Lifschitz with Quincy Grant and the Circa ensemble
Yaron Lifschitz, Director
Nathan Boyle, Jessica Connell, Nicole Faubert, Gerramy Marsden, Brittannie Portelli, Duncan West
Alicia Cush, Bethan Ellsmore, Matthew Hirst, Mattias Lower
Tim Byrne, Catherine Stirling, Musicians
Danielle Kellie, Producer
Michael Murray, Production management
Quincy Grant, Musical director
Jason Organ, Technical director, Light design
Jason Organ, Yaron Lifschitz, Set design
Libby McDonnell, Costumes
Paul Tanguay (world wide), Tommy Kriegsmann (USA)
„Il Ritorno“ was commissioned and coproduced by Brisbane Festival, The Barbican, Les Nuits de Fourvière / Département du Rhône, CACCV espace Jean Legendre-Compiegne, düsseldorf festival! and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and premiered at Brisbane Festival 2015.
Circa obtained support from the Australien government through Australia Council, it’s Arts foundation and advisory board and the Governement of Queensland through Arts Queensland.
„Il Ritorno“ was supported by Creative Partnership Australia and the Danielle und Daniel Besen Trust.