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.

“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

“The performers’ agility and stamina are 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

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

Complete description, touring budget, and technical specifications supplied on request.

Director: Darcy Grant
Set and Lighting Designer: Geoff Cobham
Creative Associate: Triton Tunis-Mitchell
Composers/Musicians: Elliot Zoerner and Shenton Gregory (find the music here)
Ensemble: Jacob Randell, Jascha Boyce, Lachlan Binns, Mieke Lizotte, Lewie West, Martin Schreiber, Joanne Curry, Lachlan Harper, Lewis Rankin, Jackson Manson
Producer: Craig 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.

Touring History

Mar 2017 Adelaide Festival, Australia – world premiere
May 2017 Ruhrfestspiele, Theater Marl, Germany
Jun 2017 CirkUFF, Trutnov, Czech Republic
Aug 2017 Noorderzon Festival, Groningen, Netherlands
Oct 2017 Melbourne Festival, Australia

Jan 2018 Sydney FestivalAustralia
Feb 2018 Brisbane Powerhouse, Australia
Apr 2018 Middleback Arts Centre, Whyalla, Australia
May 2018 Sploleto Festival, Charleston, SC, USA
Jun 2018 Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Romania
Jun 2018 Jatka78, Prague, Czech Republic
Jun 2018 Wiltz Festival, Luxembourg
Jun 2018 PERPLX, Kortrijk, Belgium
July 2018 Montreal Completement Cirque, Canada
July 2018 Galway Arts Festival, Ireland
July 2018 Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Germany
Aug 2018 Autostadt Summer Festival, Wolfsburg, Germany
Aug 2018 Southbank Centre, London, UK
Sep 2018 Trafo, Budapest, Hungary
Oct 2018 De Warande, Turnhout, Belgium
Oct 2018 Zwaneberg, Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium
Oct 2018 De Spil, Roeselare, Belgium
Oct 2018 Cultuurcentrum Aalst, Belgium
Oct 2018 Cultuur Centrum Beveren, Belgium