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Il Ritorno
Circa Ensemble

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 8:00PM

<i>Il Ritorno</i><br>Circa Ensemble
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Musco Center for the Arts

Circa Ensemble
Natalie Murray Beale, musical director
Kate Howden, mezzo-soprano
Benedict Nelson, baritone
Pal Banda, cello
Joe Bronstein, violin and viola
Cecilia de Santa Maria, harp

Presented by the Philharmonic Society and Musco Center

Part of the Eclectic Orange Series, sponsored by Judith and Howard Jelinek
Concert sponsored by Donald and Karen Evarts

Pre-concert lecture by Brian Lauritzen, 7pm

MONTEVERDI: Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria (scenes)

Australia’s award-winning Circa Contemporary Circus fuses acrobatics with opera in Il Ritorno, a deeply moving story of the Greek hero Ulysses’ epic journey home, brought to life by an outstanding cast of singers and musicians and acrobatic flight and feats.

Against a stark black wall, acrobats strive to connect with each other, while music from Monteverdi’s opera Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria is played and sung by a live chamber ensemble.

Akin to a physical poem, the staging sees seven highly skilled artists precariously lift, hold, levitate and fall, their movements driven by the forces of desire, devastation and absence. At the core of this show is the hunger to return home–saturated with loss and war, powered by longing and haunted by the past.

Il Ritorno is created by circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz in collaboration with composer and arranger Quincy Grant and the Circa Ensemble.