Gravity & Other Myths / Australia

Up close, sweaty, sexy, utterly charming, contagiously joyful. If you’ve seen them you know that Australia’s acrobatic troupe Gravity and Other Myths become your new best friends within minutes.

This amazing acrobatic company’s last show A Simple Space took the world by storm. Breathtaking acrobatics, unparalleled energy and irresistible charm made this Australian company famous. With BACKBONE, these extraordinary artists stretch the limits of the human body in a way unthinkable to ordinary mortals. Gravity & Other Myths brings you jaw-dropping physical virtuosity, high drama, humor and extraordinarily disciplined team work.

“With Backbone, Gravity & Other Myths has produced something so intensely beautiful it makes you proud to be human.” –InDaily Australia

Backbone 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.

“★★★★★ What a great show! It has the excitement of circus at its best combined with the grace and choreographic line of dance and the magical undercurrents of good theatre.” -Sydney Morning Herald

With supremely clever choreography, grounded in humor as well as arresting feats, Backbone blurs the line between imagination and possibility, leaving one to wonder if gravity is real—or simply a myth.

“Their phenomenal strength and agility really has to be seen to be believed.” Broadway World

“★★★★ A mightily artful, concentrated study of strength, skill and trust. Backbone has a raw power.  It’s a crowd-pleasing act with brains as well as brawn.” – The Times, London

WINNER! 2021 Ruby Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Organisation or Group

Duration: 76 minutes.  No intermission. All ages.

Performance History BACKBONE


Adelaide Festival, Adelaide South Australia, World Premiere, March 2017
Ruhrfestspiele, Theater Mari, Germany
CirkUFF, Trutnov, Czech Republic
Festival Nooderzon, Groningen, Netherlands
Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Australia

Cirque Noël, Graz Austria
The Cultch at The Playhouse Theatre, Vancouver, BC Canada
Cirq C-mine, Genk, Belgium
CC Den Amer, Diest, Belgium
Theatre Rotterdam, Netherlands
Theater Sochaux, Montbéliard, France
Stadsschouwberg, Utrecht, Netherlands
Schowburg De Lawei, Drachten, Netherlands
Parktheatre, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Flint, Amersfoort, Netherlands
Cultuurcentrum Beveren, Belgium
Cultuurcentrum Aalst, Belgium
De Spil, Roeselare, Belgium
Zwaneberg, Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium
De Warande, Turnhout, Belgium
TRAFÒ, Budapest, Hungary
Southbank Centre, London, UK
Cirque Nouveau, Autostadt Wolfsburg, Germany
Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Germany
Galway International Arts Festival, Ireland
Montreal Cirque Festival, TOHU, Montreal, Canada
Wilitz Festival, Luxembourg
Perplx Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium
Jatka78, Prague, Czech Republic
Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston SC
Middleback Arts Centre, Whyalla, Australia
Australian Performing Arts Market, Powerhouse, Brisbane, Australia
Sydney Festival, Australia

Auckland Arts Festival, New Zealand
Konserthuseatern, Kariskrona, Sweden
Nolia City, Chrisinasalen, Piteå, Sweden
Folkets Hus, Idun, Umeå, Sweden
Storsjöteatern, Östersund, Sweden
Medborggarhuset, Teatersalongen, Säffle, Sweden
Stadsteatern, Skövde, Sweden
Vara Konserthus, Stora salen, Vara, Sweden
Stora Teatern, Göteborg, Sweden
Kungsbacka Teater, Sweden
Borås Stadsteater, Stora scenen, Sweden
Busan Cultural Centre, South Korea
Anyang Arts Centre, South Korea
Gwangmyeong, South Korea
Uijeongbu Festival, South Korea
Brighton Festival, UK
Festival Cirko, Helsinki, Finland
Sao Paolo, Brazil
Fusion Festival, Germany
Carré, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Festival Grec de Barcelona, Spain
McEwan Hall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, UK
Stanford University, California, USA
Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine, CA, USA
The Broad Stage, Santa Monica, CA, USA
Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre, Vernon, BC, Canada
Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre, Medicine Hat, AB, Canada
EA Rawlinson Centre, Prince Albert, SK, Canada
Camrose Performing Arts Centre, Camrose, AB, Canada
Dow Centennial Centre, Shell Theatre, Fort Saskatchewan, AB, Canada
Keyano College Theatre & Arts Centre, Fort McMurray, AB, Canada
La Villette, Paris, France

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.