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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.

Backbone is this amazing circus company’s third work. Their last show A Simple Space has achieved huge international success and has been performed more than 1.000 times across 37 countries.

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 & Melbourne Festival


Show Duration: 80min
Audience Suitability: General
Stage Size: Min 17m wide x 10m deep / Height clearance of 7m to grid
Venue: Designed for proscenium arch theatres with 600+ capacity
Touring Party: 13

Claudius Bensch


Created by: Martin Schreiber, Lachlan Binns, Jascha Boyce, Jacob Randell, Lewie West, Lewis Rankin, Joanne Curry, Mieke Lizotte, Lachlan Harper, Jackson Manson
Composers: Elliot Zoerner and Shenton Gregory
Director: Darcy Grant
Stage & Lighting Designer: Geoff Cobham
Creative Associate: Triton Tunis-Mitchell


"The performers' agility and stamina is beyond impressive. The trust they must have in each other and their absolute focus and understanding of limits is nothing short of spectacular. This is a new kind of circus."
The Barefoot Review
"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."
"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