Hair-raising circus that tests the limits of mind, body and soul.

Download the programme for Backbone here.

Combining brains, muscle, teamwork and heart, Backbone is an acrobatic marvel you have to see to believe. Its jaw-dropping physical feats conquer the impossible with the bare essentials: strength, spirit and creativity that will have you on the edge of your seat and smiling from ear to ear.

From revolutionary Australian company Gravity & Other Myths, whose boundary-defying acts have elevated it to the pinnacle of international contemporary circus, this acclaimed new show is a playful and powerful showcase of what they do best: celebrating human connectedness through daring leaps of faith, highlighted by incredible performers, award-winning stagecraft and sublime live music.

Sweaty, sinuous and seriously impressive, Backbone is circus stripped back to its physical and emotional core, and is all the more exhilarating for it.


“[The] perfect combination of fluidity, mettle and danger… It’s simply a joy to watch.” — Limelight 

Recommended for ages 8+

Watch the trailer here

Read a feature in The Guardian about Gravity & Other Myths here

Click here to hear what the opening night audience thought

Reviews from the Auckland season

"The audience was captivated by the limits-pushing performances" – Broadway World
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"Backbone at Auckland Arts Festival redefines contemporary circus with its own ethereal, gravity-defying and thought-provoking interpretation."  Keeping Up With New Zealand
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Creative Team
Acrobats: Martin Schreiber, Lachlan Binns, Jascha Boyce, Jacob Randell, Lewie West, Lewis Rankin, Joanne Curry, Mieke Lizotte, Lachlan Harper and Jackson Manson
Musician/Composers: Elliot Zoerner and Shenton Gregory
Director: Darcy Grant
Stage & Lighting Designer: Geoff Cobham
Producer: Craig Harrison
Creative Associate: Triton Tunis-Mitchell

Images: Carnival Cinema

Supported by

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has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by Adelaide Festival, Sydney Festival and Melbourne Festival.

★★★★★ The excitement of circus at its best combined with the grace and choreographic line of dance, and the magical undercurrents of good theatre

Sydney Morning Herald