The love story between Montréal and Australian company Circa continues with this heart stopping new show that unites acrobatic art and baroque opera. Il Ritorno — Le Retour — retells Monteverdi’s Ulysse, intermingling it with folk songs and electronic sounds. Over 75 tensed minutes on burning issues such as migration, exile and separation, brilliant stage director Yaron Lifschitz translates Ulysse’s exile in images of war migrants and deportees.
"I’ve seen grief many times on stage, but seldom have I seen it depicted so well.”
– The Guardian, UK
Il Ritorno showcases the pain felt by bodies being pushed to their limits and stretched to the edge of unbalance with impossible contortions of strength and beauty, fused together with the explosive signature strength of Circa’s acrobats.
Show after show, Circa raises its performance level. Faced with so much boldness, wildness, power and beauty, Il Ritorno will have you hold your breath on every minute.
‘Il Ritorno offers a powerful vision of humanity and compassion… a luminous new work’
– The Australian, Australie
From Brisbane, Australia comes a bold new vision of contemporary circus. A blending of bodies, light, sound and skills. A place where acrobatics and movement meld into a seamless whole. A celebration of the expressive possibilities of the human body at its extremes.
Since 2006 Circa has toured to 34 countries across six continents. Critics have raved about its shows calling the work “stunning...exquisite... heartstopping” and “electrically charged”.
Pal Banda - Cello
Cecilia Sultana de Maria - Harp
Joe Bronstein - Viola and Violin
Kate Howden - mezzo-soprano singer
Benedict Nelson - baritone singer
Nathan Boyle - Seen in S, Opus and Carnival of the animals
Nicole Faubert - Seen in Carnival of the animals
Bridie Hooper - See in Beyond, Opus, Carnival of the animals
Todd Kilby - Seen in Opus and Carnival of the animals
"Within the legend of Homer’s Odyseey, the King Ulysses of Ithica, thought to be dead, makes the long journey home after the Trojan War. He finds that a trio of suitors are pursuing his faithful queen, Penelope, relentlessly. Once he vanquishes them, he proves he has survived the war, and is reunited with her.” Yaron Lifschitz