The Return of Ulysses

Handspring Puppet Company
William Kentridge, director

Monday–Wednesday, November 14–16
The Return of Ulysses
Photo Credit: Photo by John Hodgkiss
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Monteverdi’s opera Il ritorno d’Ulisse wrestles with human vulnerability in the face of inevitable demise. In this “ingenious and heartbreakingly beautiful” production (San Francisco Chronicle), The Return of Ulysses explores the idea of human longing and faith using puppetry by Handspring Puppet Company (War Horse) and imagery by William Kentridge. Superb vocalists perform the exquisite score based on Homer’s Odyssey as the dying hero, posed before animated scenes of crumbling temples and ghostly palimpsests, confronts his own frail destiny wrought by Time, Fortune, and Love.

“Ingenious and heartbreakingly beautiful.”

—San Francisco Chronicle

“The puppets themselves embody the notion of mortals as playthings of the gods.”

—New York Times

Handspring Puppet Company
William Kentridge, director
Ricercar Consort
Philippe Pierlot, musical director and arrangements
  • Monteverdi: Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria
  • These performances will be followed by a White Light Lounge.
  • Post-performance artist discussion on November 15 with Adrian Kohler, Basil Jones, and Ara Guzelimian
  • Sung in Italian with English supertitles

    There is no late seating.

  • Commissioned with funding from KunstenFESTIVAL des Arts, La Monnaie/De Munt, the Flemish Government, Wiener Festwochen (Vienna)

    Produced by La Monnaie/De Munt (Brussels), Handspring Puppet Company (Johannesburg), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), KunstenFESTIVALdesArts (Brussels), and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.


Monday, November 14 at 7:30
Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30
Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30


Venue Accessibility

  •  Large-print programs
  •  Real-time captioning
  •  Braille programs
  •  Wheelchair-accessible seating
  •  Assistive listening devices
  • For more information about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact or 212.875.5375.