Gravity & Other Myths












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 570 times at 76 festivals and theatres across 26 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: 80 mins
Audience Suitability: General
Stage Size: Min 12m wide x 10m depth/Height clearance of 7m to grid
Venue: Designed for proscenium arch theatres with 600+ capacity
Touring Party: 15

Claudius Bensch



Director: Darcy Grant
Set and Lighting Designer: Geoff Cobham
Ensemble: Triton Tunis-Mitchell, Jacob Randell, Jascha Boyce, Jackson Manson, Lachlan Binns, Mieke Lizotte, Lewie West, Martin Schreiber, Joanne Curry, Lachlan Harper, Lewis Rankin
Composers/Musicians: Elliot Zoerner and Shenton Gregory
Producer: Craig Harrison
Visual Creative: Lachlan Binns and Simon McClure


"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