Backbone (literally) tosses around the perception of what strength is, where it comes from and how it is measured. This frenetic celebration of human interconnectedness tests the limits of strength: physical, emotional, individual and collective.

“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

“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

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

– The Adelaide Review

“The performers’ agility and stamina are beyond impressive. The trust they must have in each other and their absolute focus and understanding of limits is nothing short of spectacular. This is a new kind of circus.”

– The Barefoot Review

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.

Director: Darcy Grant
Set and Lighting Designer: Geoff Cobham
Creative Associate: Triton Tunis-Mitchell
Composers/Musicians: Elliot Zoerner and Shenton Gregory
Ensemble: Jacob Randell, Jascha Boyce, Lachlan Binns, Mieke Lizotte, Lewie West, Martin Schreiber, Joanne Curry, Lachlan Harper, Lewis Rankin, Jackson Manson
Producer: Craig Harrison

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

Adelaide Festival – Australia – world premiere – 14 – 19 March 2017
Ruhrfestspiele – Theater Marl, Germany – 25 – 28 May 2017
CirkUFF – Trutnov, Czech Republic – 2 – 4 June 2017
Noorderzon Festival – Groningen, Netherlands – 17 – 21 August 2017
Melbourne Festival – Australia – 4 – 8 October 2017
Sydney Festival – Australia – 16 – 21 January 2018
Brisbane Powerhouse –  Australia – 16- 17 February 2018
Middleback Arts Centre, Whyalla, Australia – 11-14 April 2018
Sploleto Festival, Charleston, SC, USA – 25 – 30 May 2018