Gravity and Other Myths

Australian Premiere Season

Wed 04—Sun 08 Oct

Arts Centre Melbourne


★★★★★ Magnetic… a perfect combination of fluidity, mettle and danger.

A high-octane spree of physical virtuosity, Backbone tests the limits of strength: physical, emotional, individual and collective.

In less than a decade, Adelaide’s acrobatic sensations Gravity and Other Myths have rocketed to stellar acclaim with a series of disarmingly accomplished ensemble works. Staged with a deceptively DIY aesthetic and dispensing of trickery and distraction, this is circus that goes straight for the jugular and leaves no viewer unmoved.

Backbone is the culmination of all that’s gone before: a celebration of human connectedness and the meaning of strength, its athletic appeal is run through with a conceptual brilliance that elevates it to a new level.

Sexy but sincere, raw yet utterly disciplined, Backbone is proof you can’t do the impossible without a little sweat.

Learn more about the show before you go. Browse the house program →

Best New Australian Work
Best Choreography
Best Lighting Design

★★★★★ The acrobatics are eloquent and sensational, full of original twists.

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Darcy Grant
Geoff Cobham
Martin Schreiber
Lachlan Binns
Jascha Boyce
Jacob Randell
Lewie West
Lewis Rankin
Joanne Curry
Mieke Lizotte
Lachlan Harper
Jackson Manson
Elliot Zoerner & Shenton Gregory
Craig Harrison
Creative Associate
Triton Tunis-Mitchell
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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by Adelaide Festival and Sydney Festival, co-produced by Melbourne Festival.

PHOTO | Kate Pardey Photography