Awe-inspiring acrobatics meets opera in this new genre-defying work by Australia's internationally-acclaimed CIRCA, creators of the hit 2014 show OPUS. The Return transforms Monteverdi's baroque masterpiece Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, derived from Homer's tale of Ulysses, into an epic physical poem of absence and separation, echoing the experience of displaced persons over the centuries. At the core of this powerful show is the hunger to return home – saturated with loss and war, charged by longing and haunted by the past.
– THE GUARDIAN
"A powerful vision of humanity and compassion... a luminous new work"
– THE AUSTRALIAN
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- Bluma Appel Theatre
- Run Time: 65 minutes (no intermission)
CREATED BYYaron Lifschitz with Quincy Grant and the Circa Ensemble
MUSIC BYMonteverdi, Grant, Mahler, Pisador and traditional
COMPOSITION/MUSICAL DIRECTION/ARRANGEMENTSQuincy Grant
CIRCA ENSEMBLENathan Boyle
OPERA SINGERSKate Howden
MUSICIANSPal Banda (Cello)
Joe Bronstein (Violin & Viola)
Natalie Murray-Beale (Musical Director, Piano, Harpsichord)
Cecilia de Santa Maria (Harp)
TECHNICAL DIRECTION/LIGHTING DESIGNJason Organ
STAGE DESIGNYaron Lifschitz
COSTUME DESIGNLibby McDonnell
PHOTO CREDITChris Herzfeld
A CIRCA PRODUCTION PRESENTED BY CANADIAN STAGE
The Return is co-commissioned by Brisbane Festival, The Barbican, Les Nuits de Fourvière/ Département du Rhône, CACCV Espace Jean Legendre-Compiegne, Dusseldorf Festival and Les Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg and was first presented at Brisbane Festival. Circa acknowledges the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Circa received funds from Creative Partnerships Australia and Danielle and Daniel Besen Foundation towards the creation of The Return.
Post-show TalkbacksMay 7 (following the 1pm performance)
Bluma Appel Theatre
Artistic Director of CIRCA Yaron Lifschitz in conversation with Max Eisen, celebrated author of By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz, on The Return's exploration of displacement and post-traumatic memory.
Moderated by Su Hutchinson, Canadian Stage Managing Director