Circus company Gravity & Other Myths may be the newest kids on the circus block in Australia but are also quickly becoming the newest stars of circus. Their new show Backbone premiered at the Adelaide Festival, earning them national praise, and three Helpmann Awards nominations (Best Choreography, Best New Australian Work and Best Lighting).
Formed in 2009 in Adelaide the ensemble creates and directs their own works with an emphasis on an honest approach to performance which moves away from the traditional circus and theatre models and towards a fusion of acrobatic physical theatre.
The ensembles newest show has their director Darcy Grant overseeing a muscular high-concept performance with no showy flourishes. This show has no props, no glitz and no safety nets, the 14-strong crew use their pure strength, balance and agility to flip, toss and catch each other in staggering displays that make your stomach lurch and jaw drop. They just may be some of the craziest of acrobats in the world today.
Both frenetic and joyful Backbone sees a disciplined troupe of acrobats exploring the limits of the human physique.
Jan 16-21. Riverside Theatres, Corner of Market & Church Street, Parramatta. $36-$56+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sydneyfestival.org.au