Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

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About the Performance

Opera singers, musicians, half life-sized puppets and animated film come together to retell the Greek myth of Ulysses.

From the makers of Warhorse
South African puppet company Handspring recently enjoyed great success in London with the National Theatre's Warhorse. For this innovative production it has joined forces with Philippe Pierlot and his Belgium based ensemble the Ricercar Consort and visual artist and director William Kentridge, renowned for his video animations of charcoal drawings.

From Venice to Johannesburg
In Kentridge's version of Monteverdi's opera, Ulysses is no longer in Ithaca. Instead, he lies reminiscing in a Johannesburg hospital bed. His romantic return to Penelope has become an epic dream that evokes not only classical Greece but also Monteverdi's Venice and contemporary South Africa.

'Ulysses is sick. He lies in bed, in twisted sheets, breathing shallowly. But Ulysses is made of wood...and the steady rise and fall of his breath as he lies racked by feverish dreams of reuniting with his wife is quiet testimony to the skill and detail of the production.' The New York Times

Ricercar Consort: 'simply a marvel of instrumental finesse, beauty of sound and perfection.' Bayerischer Rundfunk

Original production by the KunstenFestival des Arts and La Monnaie De Munt, Brussels.

Staged production sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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Performance Details

By Claudio Monteverdi

Handspring Puppet Company

Ricercar Consort

Ulisse/L'Humana Fragilità Julian Podger
Penelope Romina Basso
Telemaco/Pisandro Lluís Vilamajó
Nettuno/Antinoo/Tempo Stephan MacLeod
Fortuna/Melanto/Anfi nomo Guillemette Laurens
Eumete/Eurimaco/Giove Valerio Contaldo
Amore/Minerva Adriana Fernandez
Puppeteers Busi Zokufa, Adrian Kohler, Basil Jones, Jason Potgieter, Enrico Wey

Director, animator & set designer William Kentridge
Musical Director Philippe Pierlot
Puppets, costume & set designer Adrian Kohler
Assistant Director Luc de Wit
Lighting designer Wesley France

Booking Information

Performance Dates:

August 2009
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Tickets: From £10 - £30
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes approximately
Venue: King's Theatre
Edinburgh - The city of edinburgh council Scottish Arts Council

Edinburgh International Festival Society is a company limited by guarantee and incorporated in Scotland (SC024766)
with its registered office at The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE. Registered Charity No SC004694