FESTIVAL HAS FUSION ACT NEATLY TIED UP
BRIDGING the divide between ancient and modern, sound and movement, fact and fiction requires a delicate balancing act.
Award-winning Brisbane circus company Circa is up to the daunting task.
Its new work, Il Ritorno, an ambitious fusion of cir- cus, baroque opera, music and dance, has its world premiere at Brisbane Powerhouse tonight.
Circa artistic director Yaron Lifschitz has based the 80-minute genrebending show on Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi’s 17th century opera, Il Ritorno D’Ulisse in Patria, based on Homer’s Odyssey.
Il Ritorno plays a four- show season as part of Brisbane Festival.
He collaborated with composer Quincy Grant to inject the production with folk songs and new compositions, which will be performed by a quartet of opera singers accompanied by musicians.
Circa will tour it internationally, including dates at the Dusseldorf Festival.