Gravity & Other Myths (GOM) is an internationally renowned circus company pushing the boundaries of contemporary circus. Formed in Adelaide, Australia in 2009, GOM has rocketed to stellar acclaim with a series of disarmingly accomplished ensemble works. GOM’s work utilises an honest approach to performance, to create shows with a focus on human connection and acrobatic virtuosity.

GOM’s show A Simple Space has achieved huge international success, receiving multiple awards, and having performed more than 500 times across 24 countries. The follow up show Backbone, created in 2017, has already been nominated for multiple awards, had stellar reviews, and toured to festivals internationally.

GOM has a focus on community engagement and always tries to support the circus community in Adelaide, as well as local circus communities in cities we travel to. Head to our Community Engagement page to find out more.

While we try to not be reliant on government funding or donations, they help us to support the creation of new shows and allow us to take bigger risks. We’re appreciative of anything people can do to support us, whether it be coming to a show, telling a friend about us or helping us out with a donation.

The Team On Stage

Jascha Boyce - Acrobat

Jascha Boyce has been a performer almost all of her life. Beginning as soon as she could walk with dance performances in the lounge room, she discovered circus at age 4 and it wasn’t long before she spent all of her time upside down and in the air. After years spent training, teaching and performing Jascha focuses her creative passion through Gravity & Other Myths. She is a flyer in a majority of the group acrobatics as well as specialising in hula hoop and adagio.

Lachlan Binns - Acrobat

At an early age Lachy was enthralled and inspired by a local circus show, in the following years he was drawn into the world of circus and physical performance. Specialising in group acrobatics Lachy is not quite big enough to be called a base yet not light enough to be called a flyer. He has embraced what he maintains is the vital role of ‘middle’. His passion for creativity is a driving force for both his work as a trainer for young people and as a performer and founding member of Gravity & Other Myths.

Jacob Randell - Acrobat

Jacob has always been a jack of all trades when it comes to circus and sport; showing enthusiasm, energy and strong natural talent at all times. As one of the founding members of GOM, he has been with the company since the start and aspires to continue to grow the company. Jacob specialises in hand to hand, floating between roles as both a base and flyer. He aspires to continue to pursue his adventurous side through circus training and touring balanced alongside academic studies

Triton Tunis-Mitchell - Acrobat

Triton was just a small boy of age 5 when he started in the circus. His journey has been as student, trainer and master trainer throughout the Australian circus scene and working in commercial, festival and independent productions. With a wide variety of skills to call on, he is probably best at being stood on (the life of an acrobatic base). It‘s the enjoyment of the “play” in circus creation that keeps him coming back.

Martin Schreiber - Acrobat

Alongside competitive gymnastics, Martin has been involved in the circus community for most of his life both as a circus trainer and finally as a performing artist. As one of the founding members of Gravity & Other Myths, Martin has performed both nationally and internationally with skills that include pitching, floor tumbling and group acrobatics. Martin hopes to continue to create work and inspire audiences worldwide through the joy and spectacle of circus.

Simon McClure - Acrobat

At age 10 Simon started down his acrobatic path and joined the Flying Fruit Flies Circus (FFFC) in Albury. After seven years of training he went on tour as a technician with the company Acrobat, while also teaching acrobatics at the FFFC. Simon has performed a number of acts in a variety of cabaret settings before joining Gravity & Other Myths in 2014 specialising in tumbling and group acrobatics.

Elliot Zoerner - Musician

Since taking up the drums at age 11, Elliot has played with a wide variety of musical groups in Australia. While studying classical percussion and engineering at Adelaide University, the circus entered his life, pulled him away from his studies and took him on tour. He now works as a live musician and composer for GOM, collaborating with the acrobats to create the soundtracks for their shows. While on tour, he has continued to write music and release it under the name Sirins.
Head to the music page to hear his work

Andre Augustus - Acrobat

André is a multidisciplinary Circus artist, primarily a Hand to Hand porter. André’s passion for physical movement began in competitive gymnastics and was then directed towards partner acrobatics through a local Canberra Circus troupe. He later studied Visual Art at the ANU School of Art before commencing physical art practice at the National institute of Circus Arts, Melbourne. He sought out further training/ mentorship within his discipline and moved to Montréal, Canada. Since then he has been performing internationally and nationally with noteworthy companies such as Cirque du Soleil’s 45 Degrees and Recirquel company Budapest. André can usually be found cross collaborating over various art forms striving to create, innovate and inspire audiences worldwide. He looks forward to further pursue his obsession for both athleticism and artistry as an ensemble acrobat with Gravity & Other Myths.

Annalise Moore - Acrobat

Annalise began her endeavours as a performer through Artistic Gymnastics at age seven where she competed nationally through to the age of sixteen. Annalise then found hip hop dance and discovered circus at age 18. Circus allowed her to combine both elements of gymnastics and dance as well as providing a creative outlet. Annalise went on to train at the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne and later continued her training in Montreal, specialising in Hand to Hand and Hand balancing. Some of Annalise’s notable work includes performing with Recirquel company, Cirque Du Soliel’s 45 Degrees, Circus Oz and now Gravity and Other Myths. Annalise is thrilled to be part of such a strong ensemble where she can share her passion for group acrobatics with the world.

Chris Carlos - Acrobat

Starting his career in the theatre and fire dancing world, Chris’ journey then took him to the National Institute of Circus Arts where he specialised in Russian bar. Alongside performing internationally as an independent artist, Chris also facilitates a number circus events and festivals for the Australian community. Although Chris identifies as an ‘all-rounder’ in circus skills, his passion lies with hand to hand and is incredibly excited to be working with GOM.

Chris Neale - Musician

Since first appearing on the professional music scene in 2006, 26-year-old Chris has gone on to cement himself as one of Adelaide’s most in-demand drummers, percussionists, and educators.
An Honours graduate of the Elder Conservatorium, Chris has shared the stage with a plethora of Australian and international artists including James Morrison, Hugh Sheridan, Rachael Beck, and Laura Fygi, as well as working on tour legs of Matilda: The Musical and The Wizard of Oz, and many others.
Chris is stoked to be a part of the GOM family, not least because he now has a bunch of great teachers to help him nail a handstand.

Lachlan Harper - Acrobat

Lachlan was age 4 when his parents put him into gymnastics to try and tire him out. After 11 years of training he sought a new way to explore his body’s acrobatic capabilities, his first taste of circus was when a friend introduced him to pitching. He became obsessed, having a career of being thrown around, flipping, and having fun was the dream. He pursued his career as a circus artist by attending the National Institute of Circus Arts where he specialised in handstands, acrobatics, and banquine.

Joanne Curry - Acrobat

Jo always knew she wanted to be the ‘girl who gets thrown around’ in the circus. After 7 years of competing nationally in Sports Acrobatics she tumbled into completing certificate 3 and 4 in Circus Arts at NICA (National Institute of Circus Arts). Joanne gained confidence and drive through travel, using the world to find and define her style within the performing arts. She specialises in Partner Acrobatics and Handbalancing.

Lewis Rankin - Acrobat

Lewis has been very active since a young age with his involvement in sports and a love for the outdoors. He found contemporary dance later in life which he trained at Adelaide Centre for the Arts. Since graduating he has performed with Shaun Parker & Company, Leigh Warren & Dancers, Sandpit and numerous other independent Companies. Circus and Acrobatics is a recent discovery and now he is passionate about combining and evolving these different art forms.

Lewie West - Acrobat

Lewie is an Australian acrobat through and through. He probably literally has circus in his blood stream due to all the rosin, chalk and acrobat sweat he’s accidentally ingested over the years. He started in Warehouse Youth Circus in Canberra before training at The National Institute of Circus Arts. After earning his Bachelor degree Lewie performed, created and choreographed with Circa for 7 years, finding time to sneak off and earn a Gold medal in Paris at the Mondial du Cirque de Demain or what his Mum calls “The Circus Olympics” for his solo aerial straps act. In spite of this, Lewie still considers himself to be mostly an ensemble acrobat and is very happy to come into “work” every day to create, move and play with the group.

Mieke Lizotte - Acrobat

Mieke specialises in high-energy hula hoops, combined with a knack for being thrown around, and an ability to turn herself inside out and upside down. She started her career at a young age in the small, yet talent-rich state of Tasmania, with a local youth circus: Slipstream Circus. After over six years performing and teaching circus across Australia, she moved on to train at the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne and the Beijing International Acrobatics School, where she trained intensively in hula hoops, flexibility, hand-balancing, and acrobatics. She has a genuine love for all things circus and her contagious smile will no doubt delight audiences everywhere.

Jack Manson - Acrobat

Jackson started circus at Flying Fruit Fly Circus (FFFC) in Albury-Wodonga when he was 12 years old. After graduating in 2015, he worked with fellow FFFC graduates to create a new show called Stunt Lounge. In January 2017 he joined Gravity & Other Myths to work on the creation of Backbone, and has continued to work with the company, touring with both A Simple Space and Backbone.

Shenton Gregory (aka. Shredzo) - Musician

Shenton had a violin passed down to him from his older sister when he was just 4 years of age. After 17 years of classical training, Shenton decided that real world experience was the way forward. He continued to develop his knowledge in many styles of music, notably his invention of playing the violin upside down caused quite a stir. He’s been a member of Sydney Rock string quartet ‘Fourplay’ for 12 years and continues to be one of the highest in-demand musicians in Australia.
Head to the music page to hear his work.

Benton Adams-Walker - Acrobat

As a kid Benton could never sit still and always needed to be up and about, so in his early teens he joined Warehouse Circus in Canberra. Although he started off as a juggler, his love for playing “rough” led him to move to acrobatics. Benton decided to kick off his career in circus and attended the National Institute of Circus Arts only to be picked up a year later by Gravity & Other Myths. Besides circus Benton has a strong love for birdwatching.

Josh Strachan - Acrobat

Joshua has always enjoyed being physical and pushing his limits. He started gymnastics at the age of 8 and continued to learn and grow there until he moved over to youth circus with Warehouse Circus, at age 12. More recently he finished one year at the National Institute of Circus Arts in 2017, where he specialised in partner acrobatics, group acrobatics and Chinese pole. He joined Gravity & Other Myths in March of 2018 to learn and perform “A simple space”, as their youngest ensemble member.

Ashleigh Pearce - Acrobat

At age four, Ashleigh cried her way through her first dance lesson but spent the next ten years excelling in artistic gymnastics. Seeking an outlet for her creative expression, serendipity landed her a role in the youth troupe at Circa Contemporary Circus. Guided by Australian circus legends Mark Douglass, Rudi Mineur, Emma Serjeant, Natano & Rhys Miller to name a few, she formed her circus arts foundations and went on to complete her Diploma at NICA. Avid for adventure and with no French vocabulary, she then auditioned and accepted her position at École de Cirque De Québec, specialising as a flyer. Since her studies, she has travelled, taught and performed throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Captivated by movement forms and the questions circus evokes, she’s beyond excited to join forces with this dynamic Australian company, revisit dance classes and continue enjoying people’s reactions when confessing she walks on people for a living, in the best possible way.

Behind the Scenes Heroes

Craig Harrison - General Manager & Producer

Craig has worked in the performing arts sector for over 25 years, in many aspects of creative, production, administration and management. He also has significant experience in Film & TV. After working on over 30 festivals around the world, as a lighting designer for 70 productions and a stint as a Melbourne-based independent producer, he then spent 6 years as a Programming Executive for the Adelaide Festival Centre before doing 3 years at Country Arts SA as Manager of Artform Development. He was then the Manager and Systems Administrator of the National Touring Selector, an online international marketplace for the performing arts, before moving on to be Special Projects Manager at Arts South Australia for 1.5 years. He concurrently held a seat on the Arts Industry Council of SA for 3 years and has been Chair of the Board of youth circus company Cirkidz Inc. for 10 years. Craig joined Gravity & Other Myths in April, 2016 to produce Backbone and is now full-time with the company.

Darcy Grant - Director of Backbone

Darcy is a classically trained acrobat, award-winning fine art photographer, physical theatre director and founding member of Circa, revered as one of the world’s most adventurous, genre-defying circuses. He has trained, taught and toured work on the cutting edge of New Circus to some of the world’s most prestigious venues. Where theatre, dance, circus and visual art meet is where Darcy likes to practice. His visual aesthetic is foundation and scaffold to his show making. In 2017 Darcy was commissioned by Adelaide International Arts Festival to direct Backbone by Gravity and Other Myths. The show premiered to 5-star reviews and standing ovations, also attracting three Helpmann Award nominations including Best Choreography and Best New Australian Work. Also a brilliant photographer, Darcy regularly shoots live performance for companies such as Opera Australia and The Farm. Darcy has had solo photographic exhibitions in Brisbane, Melbourne and Berlin.

Geoff Cobham - Lighting & Set designer for Backbone

Geoff has worked as a Production Manager, Lighting Designer, Set Designer, Event Producer, and Venue Designer. His love of light and dance has led him to work with many of Australia’s top choreographers and allowed him to explore the endless combinations of colour, angle, intensity, and movement, of light. He has also lit museums, buildings, public art and freeways with his company Bluebottle. He has produced many outdoor events and clubs for Festivals and received a Churchill fellowship in 2010 to study outdoor theatre in Europe. He is currently the Artistic Director of Patch Theatre. Awards: Helpmann Award for Best Scenic Design Little Bird, Ruby Award for Sustained Contribution, Green Room Award Best lighting Design for Night Letters, Sydney Theatre Award Best Lighting Design for Never Did Me Any Harm.

Chris Sanders - Lighting Technician for Backbone

Christopher Sanders is a Freelance Lighting Designer and Technical Manager who has worked in the Arts industry since 1999. He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne in 2003 where he completed a Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Production) specialising in Lighting Design. Chris began his career in Canberra where he Co-Founded the Award winning theatre company The Nineteenth Hole. Since then he has enjoyed the diversity of the live performance scene, working with many arts festivals around the world including Edinburgh International Festival, New Zealand Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival and Festspillene I Bergen as well as touring extensively with Norway’s premier contemporary dance company Carte Blanche.

Chris first worked with ‘Gravity and other Myths’ at the beginning of 2017 on the premier of their Production of ‘Backbone’ in the Adelaide International Arts Festival and has been touring extensively on this production since then, in Germany, Czech Republic and Netherlands. Chris has had the opportunity to Design with such Directors as Ariette Taylor, Kate Cherry as well as Brian Lipson.

Max Mackenzie - Lighting Technician for Backbone

An industry professional once described Max as “Max Mackenzie, high places and small places”. So Max fits in perfectly operating the lighting and touring with a group like GOM.  Max Mackenzie studied a Bachelor of Arts specialising in Lighting for Performance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He loves lighting design and operation especially in circus and theatre but has also design operated for concerts, festivals, and dance performances. Over the past two years Max has been working in concert venues and has design and operated lighting for the Strangers, Marshmallow, 2unlimited and Spor. However he’s excited to get back with the circus, lighting theatres and tents all around the world.

Previous Work

Freefall

Freefall was Gravity & Other Myths’ first acrobatic feat. Created in 2009, it explores the fears of each performer through honesty and humour. Punctuated by dynamic acrobatics and contemporary circus theatre, Freefall asks the question… is it our fears that define us?

Freefall was critically acclaimed, won multiple awards, and toured regional and metropolitan Australia over the course of 2 years.

Exhale

An explosion of dynamic group acrobatics and incredible displays of physical strength, Exhale is a 15 minute piece that will have audiences holding their breath. As acrobats tumble across the stage and are tossed into the air, the energy builds to the final breath-taking feat.

Gravity & Other Myths have performed Exhale at festivals, award ceremonies, corporate functions, fundraisers and parades.