Il Ritorno is a new work fusing Circa’s world-renowned stripped-back acrobatics with baroque opera. Over 80 minutes, it retells Claudio Monteverdi’s classic opera Il Ritorno D’Ulisse in Patria, intermingling it with folk song and new compositions. Presented by NORPA, performances will be at Lismore City Hall on August 31, September 1 & September 2.
Commissioned by the Brisbane Festival, Il Ritorno is created by circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz in collaboration with composer and arranger Quincy Grant and is performed by an accomplished cast of singers and accompanists.
At the core of Il Ritorno is the hunger to return home — saturated with loss and war, powered by longing and haunted by the past. Circa Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz said, “Sometimes, as they say in the movies, ‘this one is personal’. That is how I feel about Il Ritorno. It’s personal because it is only through good fortune and the caprices of history that my family ended in the sun of Australia. It’s personal because for the past seventeen years I have believed, totally, that this genre of circus is a real artform. That it can express deep emotions and higher truths. That it touches the hearts of all our audiences, no matter where they are in the world.”
“I wanted to rebuke those who think opera is about sets and warbling, to annoy those who believe circus is an extension of the strip club or adolescent technicolour lycra fantasy. With Quincy Grant, we are fashioning a world out of Monteverdi as a tale within a tale – surrounded by Mahler, folksong and Quincy’s compositions. We ask our singers to perform surrounded by a multitude of bodies and stagings. And, as always, we challenge our acrobats to embrace the new, to pursue what is vital and necessary.”
Quincy Grant is an Adelaide-based composer whose body of work stylistically spans minimal sound installations, to dramatic, romantic orchestral works. His classical background, honed at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide, is complemented by an abiding affair with world music including Arabic, tango, Indian and klezmer/gypsy. He has composed for the concert hall, bands, film and theatre, and is Co-Director of The Firm, Australia’s most prolific presenter of new solo and chamber musical works.
Since 2006, Circa has toured to 33 countries across six continents. Circa’s work has been rapturously received by audiences, presenters and critics around the world. Il Ritorno recently won Australia’s prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production.
Watch the Il Ritorno trailer here
Created by Yaron Lifschitz with Quincy Grant and the Circa Ensemble
Wednesday August 31, Thursday 1 & Friday September 2.
NORPA at Lismore City Hall
$22 - $50
Tickets: 1300 066 772 or www.norpa.org.au
Bar and diner open from 6pm
All ages welcome, but best suited for 12 years + Running time: 75 mins
Join the cast for a Q&A after the Wednesday night performance