The Courier-Mail

FESTIVAL HAS FUSION ACT NEATLY TIED UP

- BELINDA SEENEY

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.

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