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MAY 3 - 7, 2017
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.

★★★★★ "Extraordinary"

– THE GUARDIAN


"A powerful vision of humanity and compassion... a luminous new work"

– THE AUSTRALIAN


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CREATED BY
Yaron Lifschitz with Quincy Grant and the Circa Ensemble

MUSIC BY
Monteverdi, Grant, Mahler, Pisador and traditional

DIRECTOR
Yaron Lifschitz

COMPOSITION/MUSICAL DIRECTION/ARRANGEMENTS
Quincy Grant

CIRCA ENSEMBLE
Nathan Boyle
Marty Evans
Nicole Faubert
Bridie Hooper
Nathan Knowles
Todd Kilby
Cecilia Martin

OPERA SINGERS
Kate Howden
Benedict Nelson

MUSICIANS
Pal Banda (Cello)
Joe Bronstein (Violin & Viola)
Natalie Murray-Beale (Musical Director, Piano, Harpsichord)
Cecilia de Santa Maria (Harp)

TECHNICAL DIRECTION/LIGHTING DESIGN
Jason Organ

STAGE DESIGN
Yaron Lifschitz
Jason Organ

COSTUME DESIGN
Libby McDonnell

PHOTO CREDIT
Chris 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.

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Post-show Talkbacks

May 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
Yaron Lifschitz and Max Eisen
A CIRCA PRODUCTION PRESENTED BY CANADIAN STAGE
This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation

SPOTLIGHT AUSTRALIA IS SUPPORTED THROUGH TORONTO ARTS COUNCIL STRATEGIC FUNDING

PRODUCTION SPONSOR

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