Juxtaposing circus arts with the glorious music of Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Monteverdi's 17th-century opera about Ulysses' homecoming, the Australian troupe Circa tells a timeless story of loss and displacement in its latest production, Il Ritorno. Six masterful acrobats join four chamber musicians and two singers in a stark staging that powerfully unites music with movement. "The piece reverberates with real emotional pungency, as if the essence of homesickness has been bottled. I've seen grief many times on stage, but seldom have I seen it depicted so well" (The Guardian, London).

The running time is expected to be approximately 85 minutes with no intermission.

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Public Events

CIRCA, II Ritorno
Jan 31–Feb 4, 2018
Zellerbach Hall

Homer's The Odyssey as a Theatrical Resource
Wed, Jan 31, 2018, 6pm
The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way
A conversation with Prof Mark Griffith, UC Berkeley Dept. of Classics, and Cal Performances director of artistic literacy Sabrina Klein.

$5 (includes one non-alcoholic beverage). Advance registration requested.


WhimsiCAL "Pop-Up" Event
Thu, Feb 1, 2018, 12pm
Lower Sproul Plaza

Movement Workshop
Sun, Feb 4, 2018, 11am
Zellerbach Hall (please note venue change)
Circa associate artistic director Libby McDonnell leads a movement workshop for aspiring circus artists. Participants will learn a variety of the company's performance techniques for creating movement languages and improvisation in performance.

Free of charge for selected participants. Space is limited. To apply, contact eduprograms@calperformances.org.

Pre-performance Talk
Sun, Feb 4, 2018, 2pm
Zellerbach Hall
With Circa associate director Libby McDonnell and Cal Performances associate director Rob Bailis.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.


Cal Performances Berkeley RADICAL 2017-18 Season

II Ritorno by Circa (promo)

II Ritorno by Circa (behind the scenes)

II Ritorno by Circa — In Development

Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]

Parking Alerts
Parking Alerts

Parking may be a problem on campus for the Feb 3 performance due to a Cal Men's Basketball game. Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.

Donor Benefits

Donor Event: Behind the Scenes with Circa
Sat, Feb 3
Zellerbach Hall
(Donors of $750+)
In their latest production, Il Ritorno, the fearless performers of Circa juxtapose circus arts with the music of Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Monteverdi's 17th-century opera. Enjoy an exclusive peek behind the scenes at their moving production, which tells a timeless story of loss and displacement.

Membership benefits like these are our way of thanking our supporters for their much needed contributions. To find out how you can become a Donor, please call 510.643.8783 or visit our Support section.

Mt. Beautiful wines generously donated by Leigh Teece in appreciation of Cal Performances' education outreach.

Donor Parking
As a service to our donors at the $750 level and above, we offer the opportunity to reserve parking for our performances. Reserve parking online 5 business days or more in advance of the performance, or by contacting Cal Performances' Development Department at 510.642.8653 or email donate@calperformances.org.

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Additional information regarding donor parking benefits can be found on our Donor Services/Parking page.