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.
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.
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.
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
Ensemble: Jacob Randell, Jascha Boyce, Lachlan Binns, Mieke Lizotte, Lewie West, Martin Schreiber, Joanne Curry, Lachlan Harper, Lewis Rankin, Jackson Manson
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.
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.
|Mar 2017||Adelaide, Australia||Adelaide Festival|
|May 2017||Marl, Germany||Ruhrfestspiele - Theater Marl|
|Jun 2017||Trutnov, Czech Republic||CirkUFF|
|Aug 2017||Groningen, Netherlands||Noorderzon Festival|
|Oct 2017||Melbourne Australia||Melbourne Festival|
|Jan 2018||Sydney, Australia||Sydney Festival|
|Feb 2018||Brisbane, Australia||Brisbane Powerhouse|
|Apr 2018||Whyalla, Australia||Middleback Arts Centre|
|May 2018||Charleston, SC, USA||Sploleto Festival|
|Jun 2018||Sibiu, Romania||Sibiu International Theatre Festival|
|Jun 2018||Prague, Czech Republic||Jatka78|
|Jun 2018||Luxembourg||Wiltz Festival|
|Jun 2018||Kortrijk, Belgium||PERPLX|
|July 2018||Montreal, Canada||Montreal Completement Cirque|
|July 2018||Galway, Ireland||Galway Arts Festival|
|July 2018||Stuttgart, Germany||Theaterhaus Stuttgart|
|Aug 2018||Wolfsburg, Germany||Autostadt Summer Festival|
|Aug 2018||London, UK||Southbank Centre|
|Sep 2018||Budapest, Hungary||Trafo|
|Oct 2018||Turnhout, Belgium||De Warande|
|Oct 2018||Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium||Zwaneberg|
|Oct 2018||Roeselare, Belgium||De Spil - Roeselare|
|Oct 2018||Aalst, Belgium||Cultuurcentrum Aalst|
|Oct 2018||Beveren, Belgium||Cultuur Centrum Beveren|
|Oct 2018||Amersfoort, Netherlands||Rabobank Theater Hall|
|Oct 2018||Eindhoven, Netherlands||Park Theatre|
|Oct 2018||Drachten, Netherlands||Schouwburg De Lawei|
|Oct 2018||Utrecht, Netherlands||Stadsschouwburg|
|Oct 2018||Montbéliard, France||The Mals – Theater Sochaux|
|Oct 2018||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Theatre Rotterdam|
|Oct 2018||Diest, Belgium||CC Den Amer|
|Oct 2018||Genk, Belgium||Cirq C-mine|
|Nov 2018||Vancouver, Canada||Vancouver Playhouse Theatre|
|Nov 2018||Montreal, Canada||CINARS Biennale|
|Dec 2018||Graz, Austria||Cirque Noël|
|Mar 2019||Auckland, New Zealand||Auckland Festival|
|Mar 2019||Karlskrona, Sweden||Konserthusteatern|
|Mar 2019||Sundsvall, Sweden||Tonhallen|
|Mar 2019||Piteå, Sweden||Nolia City Konferens|
|Apr 2019||Umeå, Sweden||Folkets Hus|
|Apr 2019||Östersund, Sweden||Storsjöteatern|
|Apr 2019||Säffle, Sweden||Medborgarhuset|
|Apr 2019||Skövde, Sweden||Stadsteatern|
|Apr 2019||Vara, Sweden||Vara Konserthus|
|Apr 2019||Göteborg, Sweden||Stora Teatern|
|Apr 2019||Kungsbacka, Sweden||Kungsbacka Teater|
|Apr 2019||Borås, Sweden||Borås Stadsteater|
|May 2019||Busan, South Korea||Busan Cultural Center|
|May 2019||Anyang, South Korea||Anyang Arts Centre|
|May 2019||Gwangmyeong, South Korea||Gwangmyeong Citizen's Hall|
|May 2019||Uijeongbu, South Korea||Uijeongbu Music Theatre Festival|
|May 2019||Brighton UK||Brighton Festival|
|May 2019||Helsinki, Finland||Cirko Festival|
|June 2019||São Paulo, Brazil||Sesc Pinheiros|