Backbone

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.

InDaily

The Making of Backbone

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

Credits

Director: Darcy Grant

Set & Lighting Designer: Geoff Cobham

Creative Associate: Triton Tunis-Mitchell

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

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

Current Ensemble: 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.

Reviews of BackboneFunding 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 2017
    Adelaide Festival - Adelaide, Australia
  • May 2017
    Ruhrfestspiele - Theater Marl - Marl, Germany
  • Jun 2017
    CirkUFF - Trutnov, Czech Republic
  • Aug 2017
    Noorderzon Festival - Groningen, Netherlands
  • Oct 2017
    Melbourne Festival - Melbourne Australia
  • Jan 2018
    Sydney Festival - Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 2018
    Brisbane Powerhouse - Brisbane, Australia
  • Apr 2018
    Middleback Arts Centre - Whyalla, Australia
  • May 2018
    Sploleto Festival - Charleston, SC, USA
  • Jun 2018
    Sibiu International Theatre Festival - Sibiu, Romania
  • Jun 2018
    Jatka78 - Prague, Czech Republic
  • Jun 2018
    Wiltz Festival - Luxembourg
  • Jun 2018
    PERPLX - Kortrijk, Belgium
  • July 2018
    Montreal Completement Cirque - Montreal, Canada
  • July 2018
    Galway Arts Festival - Galway, Ireland
  • July 2018
    Theaterhaus Stuttgart - 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 - Roeselare, Belgium
  • Oct 2018
    Cultuurcentrum Aalst - Aalst, Belgium
  • Oct 2018
    Cultuur Centrum Beveren - Beveren, Belgium
  • Oct 2018
    Rabobank Theater Hall - Amersfoort, Netherlands
  • Oct 2018
    Park Theatre - Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Oct 2018
    Schouwburg De Lawei - Drachten, Netherlands
  • Oct 2018
    Stadsschouwburg - Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Oct 2018
    The Mals – Theater Sochaux - Montbéliard, France
  • Oct 2018
    Theatre Rotterdam - Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Oct 2018
    CC Den Amer - Diest, Belgium
  • Oct 2018
    Cirq C-mine - Genk, Belgium
  • Nov 2018
    Vancouver Playhouse Theatre - Vancouver, Canada
  • Nov 2018
    CINARS Biennale - Montreal, Canada
  • Dec 2018
    Cirque Noël - Graz, Austria
  • Mar 2019
    Auckland Festival - Auckland, New Zealand
  • Mar 2019
    Konserthusteatern - Karlskrona, Sweden
  • Mar 2019
    Tonhallen - Sundsvall, Sweden
  • Mar 2019
    Nolia City Konferens - Piteå, Sweden
  • Apr 2019
    Folkets Hus - Umeå, Sweden
  • Apr 2019
    Storsjöteatern - Östersund, Sweden
  • Apr 2019
    Medborgarhuset - Säffle, Sweden
  • Apr 2019
    Stadsteatern - Skövde, Sweden
  • Apr 2019
    Vara Konserthus - Vara, Sweden
  • Apr 2019
    Stora Teatern - Göteborg, Sweden
  • Apr 2019
    Kungsbacka Teater - Kungsbacka, Sweden
  • Apr 2019
    Borås Stadsteater - Borås, Sweden
  • May 2019
    Busan Cultural Center - Busan, South Korea
  • May 2019
    Anyang Arts Centre - Anyang, South Korea
  • May 2019
    Gwangmyeong Citizen's Hall - Gwangmyeong, South Korea
  • May 2019
    Uijeongbu Music Theatre Festival - Uijeongbu, South Korea
  • May 2019
    Brighton Festival - Brighton UK
  • May 2019
    Cirko Festival - Helsinki, Finland
  • June 2019
    Sesc Pinheiros - São Paulo, Brazil
  • July 2019
    Royal Theater Carré - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • July 2019
    Grec Festival - Barcelona, Spain
  • Aug 2019
    Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Sep 2019
    Theater de Veste - Delft, Netherlands
  • Sep 2019
    Stadsschouwburg Zaal - Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Sep 2019
    Tollhaus - Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Oct 2019
    Memorial Auditorium - Stanford, CA, USA
  • Oct 2019
    Irvine Barclay Theatre - Irvine, CA, USA
  • Oct 2019
    The Broad Stage - Santa Monica, CA, USA
  • Nov 2019
    Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre - Vernon, BC, Canada
  • Nov 2019
    Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre - Medicine Hat, BA, Canada
  • Nov 2019
    EA Rawlinson Centre - Prince Albert, SK, Canada
  • Nov 2019
    Camrose Performing Arts Centre - Camrose, AB, Canada
  • Nov 2019
    Dow Centennial Centre, Shell Theatre - Fort Saskatchewan, AB, Canada
  • Nov 2019
    Keyano College Theatre & Arts Centre - Fort McMurray, AB, Canada
  • Nov 2019
    La Comète Scène Nationale - Châlons-en-Champagne, France
  • Dec 2019
    La Villette - Paris, France
  • Jan 2020
    La Scène Nationale - Mâcon, France
  • Jan 2020
    Nouvelle Scène Nationale - Cergy, France
  • Jan 2020
    Le Radiant Bellevue - Caluire et Cuire, France
  • Jan 2020
    Théâtre le Forum - Fréjus, France
  • Jan 2020
    Théâtre - Fos sur Mer, France
  • Jan 2020
    Centre Culturel Juliobona - Lillebonne, France
  • Jan 2020
    Théâtre Beausobre - Morges, Switzerland
  • Feb 2020
    Théâtre Lionel-Groulx - St.Therese, QC, Canada
  • Feb 2020
    Imperial Theatre - Saint John, NB, Canada
  • Feb 2020
    The Playhouse - Fredericton, NB, Canada
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