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Who are we?

Gravity & Other Myths (GOM) is an acrobatics and physical theatre company pushing the boundaries of new circus. Formed in Adelaide, Australia in 2009, GOM has rocketed to stellar acclaim with a series of disarmingly accomplished ensemble works. GOM utilises an honest approach to performance, to create work with a focus on human connection and acrobatic virtuosity.

one acrobatic tower being caught by another
group of people huddled into a circle

Our Shows

Our first work, A Simple Space, has achieved momentous international success, having performed more than 950 times across 34 countries and receiving multiple awards, most notably the IPAY Victor Award for People's Choice. Backbone, GOM's second work, premiered as part of the 2017 Adelaide Festival to critical acclaim and 3 Helpmann Award nominations, cementing the company's position as a leader in contemporary circus. GOM's next work, Out Of Chaos…, premiered at the 2019 Adelaide Festival and went on to receive the 2019 Helpmann Award for Best Physical Theatre.

Our newest, and by far most ambitious work, The Pulse, was conceived during the 2020 pandemic and premiered at the Adelaide Festival in 2021. The Pulse is a monolithic work of scale; a shimmering mass of 30 acrobats and 30 Choir members uniting and dividing, becoming spectacular systems and organisms of muscle, bone and voice.

Alongside our onstage work, GOM deeply values engaging with both our immediate and wider community through workshops and education. Head to our community and education pages to find out more.

A Brief History

Episode 1 of Carnival Cinema’s documentary on the making of Backbone. Watch the rest of the series here.

If you're in a position where you're able to contribute financially to what we do, we always appreciate donations. These donations help us to fund the development of ground breaking shows and to continue to engage with our community in a positive way.

If you'd like to help us out, follow this link to donate. Or get in touch with us via our contact page.

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We acknowledge the Kaurna Miyurna (People) upon the Yarta (Land) which we make our work.

With our respects we honour their Elders, past, present and emerging, and acknowledge the first artists of Australia.

It is our privilege to live and create on their country.

Supported By

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