NORPA presents a CIRCA production

The stage is awash with bodies tumbling, lifting and clutching. Then, out of the darkness the Greek hero Ulysses appears after twenty long years of war and wanderings. Will he reach his faithful wife Penelope before she succumbs to her suitors?

Il Ritorno is CIRCA’s ground-breaking new work fusing CIRCA’s world-renowned stripped-back acrobatics with baroque opera. 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.

Created by circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz in collaboration with composer and arranger Quincy Grant Il Ritorno is performed by an outstanding cast of singers and accompanists who join the famed members of Brisbane’s own Circa Ensemble.

“Il Ritorno offers a powerful vision of humanity and compassion…a luminous new work.”
The Australian

Created by Yaron Lifschitz with Quincy Grant and the Circa Ensemble.

Creative team
Created by Yaron Lifschitz with Quincy Grant and the Circa Ensemble
Music by Monteverdi, Grant, Mahler, Pisador and traditional
Director Yaron Lifschitz
Composer/Musical Director/Arranger Quincy Grant
Senior Producer Danielle Kellie
Technical Director/Lighting Designer Jason Organ
Stage Design Yaron Lifschitz & Jason Organ
Costume Design Libby McDonnell

Patron advice
All ages welcome but best suited for 12 years+
75 minutes (no interval)


Adult $50
Senior $45
Concession $43
U18 $22

Subscriber prices
Adult $41
Senior $37
Concession $35
U18 $18

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Join the cast for a Q&A after the Wednesday night performance.

The Bank Cafe diner and bar from 6pm. Alfresco dining on the Lismore City Hall forecourt. Sorry, no BYO.

Il Ritorno is co-comissioned by Brisbane Festival, The Barbican, Les Nuits de Fourvière, CACCV Espace Jean Legendre-Compiegne, Dusseldorf Festival and Les Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg and was first presented at the 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 Il Ritorno.

Photo: Damien Bredberg