Backbone awards

A high-octane spree of physical virtuosity, Backbone tests the limits of strength: physical, emotional, individual and collective.

Staged with a deceptively DIY aesthetic and dispensing of trickery and distraction, this is circus that goes straight for the jugular and leaves no viewer unmoved. Backbone is the culmination of all that's gone before: a celebration of human connectedness and the meaning of strength, its athletic appeal is run through with a conceptual brilliance that elevates it to a new level.

Sexy but sincere, raw yet utterly disciplined, Backbone is proof you can't do the impossible without spending a little sweat.

A complex performance that wouldn’t be out of place on the world stage.

The Adelaide Review

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

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.


The Making of Backbone

Sticks & Stones is a documentary series made by Carnival Cinema about GOM’s history and the making of Backbone.


Director: Darcy Grant

Set & Lighting Designer: Geoff Cobham

Creative Associate: Triton Tunis-Mitchell

Composers & Musicians: Elliot Zoerner & Shenton Gregory find the music here

Creative Ensemble: Jacob Randell, Jascha Boyce, Lachlan Binns, Mieke Lizotte, Lewie West, Martin Schreiber, Joanne Curry, Lachlan Harper, Lewis Rankin, Jackson Manson

Performers: Jacob Randell, Jascha Boyce, Lachlan Binns, Alyssa Moore, Kevin Beverley, Jordan Hart, Rachael Boyd, Lachlan Harper, Joren Dawson, Jackson Manson, Nick Martyn, Alexey Kochetkov

Show Information

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.

Funding Logos

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 2017Adelaide, AustraliaAdelaide Festival
May 2017Marl, GermanyRuhrfestspiele - Theater Marl
Jun 2017Trutnov, Czech RepublicCirkUFF
Aug 2017Groningen, NetherlandsNoorderzon Festival
Oct 2017Melbourne AustraliaMelbourne Festival
Jan 2018Sydney, AustraliaSydney Festival
Feb 2018Brisbane, AustraliaBrisbane Powerhouse
Apr 2018Whyalla, AustraliaMiddleback Arts Centre
May 2018Charleston, SC, USASploleto Festival
Jun 2018Sibiu, RomaniaSibiu International Theatre Festival
Jun 2018Prague, Czech RepublicJatka78
Jun 2018LuxembourgWiltz Festival
Jun 2018Kortrijk, BelgiumPERPLX
July 2018Montreal, CanadaMontreal Completement Cirque
July 2018Galway, IrelandGalway Arts Festival
July 2018Stuttgart, GermanyTheaterhaus Stuttgart
Aug 2018Wolfsburg, GermanyAutostadt Summer Festival
Aug 2018London, UKSouthbank Centre
Sep 2018Budapest, HungaryTrafo
Oct 2018Turnhout, BelgiumDe Warande
Oct 2018Heist-op-den-Berg, BelgiumZwaneberg
Oct 2018Roeselare, BelgiumDe Spil - Roeselare
Oct 2018Aalst, BelgiumCultuurcentrum Aalst
Oct 2018Beveren, BelgiumCultuur Centrum Beveren
Oct 2018Amersfoort, NetherlandsRabobank Theater Hall
Oct 2018Eindhoven, NetherlandsPark Theatre
Oct 2018Drachten, NetherlandsSchouwburg De Lawei
Oct 2018Utrecht, NetherlandsStadsschouwburg
Oct 2018Montbéliard, FranceThe Mals – Theater Sochaux
Oct 2018Rotterdam, NetherlandsTheatre Rotterdam
Oct 2018Diest, BelgiumCC Den Amer
Oct 2018Genk, BelgiumCirq C-mine
Nov 2018Vancouver, CanadaVancouver Playhouse Theatre
Nov 2018Montreal, CanadaCINARS Biennale
Dec 2018Graz, AustriaCirque Noël
Mar 2019Auckland, New ZealandAuckland Festival
Mar 2019Karlskrona, SwedenKonserthusteatern
Mar 2019Sundsvall, SwedenTonhallen
Mar 2019Piteå, SwedenNolia City Konferens
Apr 2019Umeå, SwedenFolkets Hus
Apr 2019Östersund, SwedenStorsjöteatern
Apr 2019Säffle, SwedenMedborgarhuset
Apr 2019Skövde, SwedenStadsteatern
Apr 2019Vara, SwedenVara Konserthus
Apr 2019Göteborg, SwedenStora Teatern
Apr 2019Kungsbacka, SwedenKungsbacka Teater
Apr 2019Borås, SwedenBorås Stadsteater
May 2019Busan, South KoreaBusan Cultural Center
May 2019Anyang, South KoreaAnyang Arts Centre
May 2019Gwangmyeong, South KoreaGwangmyeong Citizen's Hall
May 2019Uijeongbu, South KoreaUijeongbu Music Theatre Festival
May 2019Brighton UKBrighton Festival
May 2019Helsinki, FinlandCirko Festival
June 2019São Paulo, BrazilSesc Pinheiros
July 2019Amsterdam, NetherlandsRoyal Theater Carré
July 2019Barcelona, SpainGrec Festival
Aug 2019Edinburgh, ScotlandEdinburgh Fringe Festival
Sep 2019Delft, NetherlandsTheater de Veste
Sep 2019Haarlem, NetherlandsStadsschouwburg Zaal
Sep 2019Karlsruhe, GermanyTollhaus
Oct 2019Stanford, CA, USAMemorial Auditorium
Oct 2019Irvine, CA, USAIrvine Barclay Theatre
Oct 2019Santa Monica, CA, USAThe Broad Stage
Nov 2019Vernon, BC, CanadaVernon & District Performing Arts Centre
Nov 2019Medicine Hat, BA, CanadaEsplanade Arts and Heritage Centre
Nov 2019Prince Albert, SK, CanadaEA Rawlinson Centre
Nov 2019Camrose, AB, CanadaCamrose Performing Arts Centre
Nov 2019Fort Saskatchewan, AB, CanadaDow Centennial Centre, Shell Theatre
Nov 2019Fort McMurray, AB, CanadaKeyano College Theatre & Arts Centre
Nov 2019Châlons-en-Champagne, FranceLa Comète Scène Nationale
Dec 2019Paris, FranceLa Villette
Jan 2020Mâcon, FranceLa Scène Nationale
Jan 2020Cergy, FranceNouvelle Scène Nationale
Jan 2020Caluire et Cuire, FranceLe Radiant Bellevue
Jan 2020Fréjus, FranceThéâtre le Forum
Jan 2020Fos sur Mer, FranceThéâtre
Jan 2020Lillebonne, FranceCentre Culturel Juliobona
Jan 2020Morges, SwitzerlandThéâtre Beausobre
Feb 2020St.Therese, QC, CanadaThéâtre Lionel-Groulx
Feb 2020Saint John, NB, CanadaImperial Theatre
Feb 2020Fredericton, NB, CanadaThe Playhouse
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