Performance Program
Gravity&Other Myths <Backbone>
Date 11th May 2019(Sat) 18:00  / 12th May 2019(Sun) 15:00
Venue Uijeongbu Arts Center Grand theatre
Rating Over 8
Duration 80mins
Ticket R 50000 / S 30000 / A 20000
Premiere 2017 Adelaide Festival, Australia
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Winner of Outstanding achievement australian dance awards 2018
Helpmann_ Best New York award nominee 2017
Helpmann_ Best lighting design award nominee 2017
Helpmann_ Best Chorography award nominee 2017

Backbone (literally) tosses around the perception of what strength is, where it comes from and how it is measured. This frenetic celebration of human interconnectedness tests the limits of strength: physical, emotional, individual and collective.

Gravity&Other Myths

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 500 times across 24 countries. The follow up show Backbone, created in 2017, has already been nominated for multiple awards, had stellar reviews, and toured to festivals internationally. GOM has a focus on community engagement and always tries to support the circus community in Adelaide, as well as local circus communities in cities we travel to.

Darcy Grant

Darcy is a classically trained acrobat, award-winning fine art photographer, physical theatre director and founding member of Circa, revered as one of the world’s most adventurous, genre-defying circuses. He has trained, taught and toured work on the cutting edge of New Circus to some of the world’s most prestigious venues. Where theatre, dance, circus and visual art meet is where Darcy likes to practice. His visual aesthetic is foundation and scaffold to his show making. In 2017 Darcy was commissioned by Adelaide International Arts Festival to direct Backbone by Gravity and Other Myths. The show premiered to 5-star reviews and standing ovations, also attracting three Helpmann Award nominations including Best Choreography and Best New Australian Work. Also a brilliant photographer, Darcy regularly shoots live performance for companies such as Opera Australia and The Farm. Darcy has had solo photographic exhibitions in Brisbane, Melbourne and Berlin.

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 -

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 -

A complex performance that wouldn’t be out of place on the world stage.

- The Adelaide Review -


DirectorDarcy Grant Set and Lighting DesignerGeoff Cobham Creative AssociateTriton Tunis-Mitchell ComposersElliot Zoerner, Shenton Gregory MusiciansAlexey Kochetkov, Nick Martyn Creation ensembleJacob Randell, Jascha Boyce, Lachlan Binns, Mieke Lizotte, Lewie West, Martin Schreiber, Joanne Curry, Lachlan Harspaner, Lewis Rankin, Jackson Manson PerformersJacob Randell, Jascha Boyce, Lachlan Binns, Martin Schreiber, Lachlan Harspaner, Lewis Rankin, Joren Dawson, Jordan Hart, Alyssa Moore, Rachael Boyd ProducerCraig Harrison
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Adelaide Festival, Sydney Festival and Melbourne Festival.