The Art House presents
21 Apr - 22 Apr 2020 Showing at The Art House Theatre
The Art House Presents
by Gravity & Other Myths
Backbone examines the various perceptions of what strength is, where it comes from and how it is measured. This frenetic celebration of human interconnectedness
will test the limits of strength: physical, emotional, individual and collective. It is set in the here and now. We won’t be transporting the audience
We are on a stage. In a theatre. In front of them!
Backbone is this amazing circus company’s third work. Their last show A Simple Space, achieved huge international success and has been performed more than 700 times at 98 festivals and theatres across 29 countries.
WINNER of Australian Dance Award (2018) for Outstanding Achievement in Physical Theatre.
Nominated for THREE Helpman Awards (2017) for Best Choreography, Best Lighting Design and Best New Australian Work
Nominated for a Ruby Award (2017) for Innovation
Gravity & Other Myths (GOM) is an internationally renowned circus company pushing the boundaries of contemporary circus. Formed in Adelaide, Australia in 2009, GOM has rocketed to stellar acclaim with a series of disarmingly accomplished ensemble works. GOM’s work utilises an honest approach to performance, to create shows with a focus on human connection and acrobatic virtuosity.
GOM’s show A Simple Space has achieved huge international success, receiving multiple awards, and having performed more than 600 times across 30 countries. The follow up show Backbone, created in 2017, has won multiple awards, had stellar reviews, and cemented the company’s position as a leader in contemporary circus. GOM premiered their latest work Out Of Chaos… at Adelaide Festival in February 2019.
Backbone has been assisted by the Australian Government's Major Festival Initiative, through the Confederation of International Arts Festivals Inc. commissioned by Adelaide Festival, Melbourne Festival & Sydney Festival.
Gravity & Other Myths is supported as an organisation by Arts South Australia.
Backbone is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.
Image by Festival Cirque Noël / Nikola Milatovic
Director: Darcy Grant
Set & Lighting Designer: Geoff Cobham
Creative Associate: Triton Tunis-Mitchell
Composers & Musicians: Elliot Zoerner & Shenton Gregory
Creative Ensemble: Jacob Randell, Jascha Boyce, Lachlan Binns, Mieke Lizotte, Lewie West, Martin Schreiber, Joanne Curry, Lachlan Harper, Lewis Rankin, Jackson Manson
Performers: Jacob Randell, Jascha Boyce, Lachlan Binns, Alyssa Moore, Kevin Beverley, Jordan Hart, Rachael Boyd, Lachlan Harper, Joren Dawson, Jackson Manson, Nick Martyn, Alexey KochetkovPhotography: Darcy Grant, Hamish McCormick, Andrew Miller, Emmanuel Burriel, Rob Maccoll
A glorious flow of action and reaction … The acrobatics are eloquent and sensational, full of original twists that spell out a new language. - The Advertiser ★★★★★
Magnetic world premiere, a perfect combination of fluidity, mettle and danger … The sheer strength of body and character needed to round out this frenzied performance demonstrates a discipline and camaraderie, rarely seen on stage. Simply a joy to watch. - Limelight Magazine ★★★★★
Circus, as you’ve never seen it before, pushed to its conceptual and cerebral limits. A genre-defying, thought-provoking, visual extravaganza … so intensely beautiful it makes you proud to be human. - InDaily
The excitement of circus at its best combined with the grace and choreographic line of dance, and the magical undercurrents of good theatre. - The Sydney Morning Herald ★★★★★