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 minutes

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

  • 2017
    Adelaide Festival - Adelaide, Australia
  • 2017
    Ruhrfestspiele - Theater Marl - Marl, Germany
  • 2017
    CirkUFF - Trutnov, Czech Republic
  • 2017
    Noorderzon Festival - Groningen, Netherlands
  • 2017
    Melbourne Festival - Melbourne Australia
  • 2018
    Sydney Festival - Sydney, Australia
  • 2018
    Brisbane Powerhouse - Brisbane, Australia
  • 2018
    Middleback Arts Centre - Whyalla, Australia
  • 2018
    Sploleto Festival - Charleston, SC, USA
  • 2018
    Sibiu International Theatre Festival - Sibiu, Romania
  • 2018
    Jatka78 - Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2018
    Wiltz Festival - Luxembourg
  • 2018
    PERPLX - Kortrijk, Belgium
  • 2018
    Montreal Completement Cirque - Montreal, Canada
  • 2018
    Galway Arts Festival - Galway, Ireland
  • 2018
    Theaterhaus Stuttgart - Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2018
    Autostadt Summer Festival - Wolfsburg, Germany
  • 2018
    Southbank Centre - London, UK
  • 2018
    Trafo - Budapest, Hungary
  • 2018
    De Warande - Turnhout, Belgium
  • 2018
    Zwaneberg - Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium
  • 2018
    De Spil - Roeselare - Roeselare, Belgium
  • 2018
    Cultuurcentrum Aalst - Aalst, Belgium
  • 2018
    Cultuur Centrum Beveren - Beveren, Belgium
  • 2018
    Rabobank Theater Hall - Amersfoort, Netherlands
  • 2018
    Park Theatre - Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 2018
    Schouwburg De Lawei - Drachten, Netherlands
  • 2018
    Stadsschouwburg - Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 2018
    The Mals – Theater Sochaux - Montbéliard, France
  • 2018
    Theatre Rotterdam - Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 2018
    CC Den Amer - Diest, Belgium
  • 2018
    Cirq C-mine - Genk, Belgium
  • 2018
    Vancouver Playhouse Theatre - Vancouver, Canada
  • 2018
    CINARS Biennale - Montreal, Canada
  • 2018
    Cirque Noël - Graz, Austria
  • 2019
    Auckland Festival - Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2019
    Konserthusteatern - Karlskrona, Sweden
  • 2019
    Tonhallen - Sundsvall, Sweden
  • 2019
    Nolia City Konferens - Piteå, Sweden
  • 2019
    Folkets Hus - Umeå, Sweden
  • 2019
    Storsjöteatern - Östersund, Sweden
  • 2019
    Medborgarhuset - Säffle, Sweden
  • 2019
    Stadsteatern - Skövde, Sweden
  • 2019
    Vara Konserthus - Vara, Sweden
  • 2019
    Stora Teatern - Göteborg, Sweden
  • 2019
    Kungsbacka Teater - Kungsbacka, Sweden
  • 2019
    Borås Stadsteater - Borås, Sweden
  • 2019
    Busan Cultural Center - Busan, South Korea
  • 2019
    Anyang Arts Centre - Anyang, South Korea
  • 2019
    Gwangmyeong Citizen's Hall - Gwangmyeong, South Korea
  • 2019
    Uijeongbu Music Theatre Festival - Uijeongbu, South Korea
  • 2019
    Brighton Festival - Brighton UK
  • 2019
    Cirko Festival - Helsinki, Finland
  • 2019
    Sesc Pinheiros - São Paulo, Brazil
  • 2019
    Royal Theater Carré - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2019
    Grec Festival - Barcelona, Spain
  • 2019
    Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 2019
    Theater de Veste - Delft, Netherlands
  • 2019
    Stadsschouwburg Zaal - Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 2019
    Tollhaus - Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 2019
    Memorial Auditorium - Stanford, CA, USA
  • 2019
    Irvine Barclay Theatre - Irvine, CA, USA
  • 2019
    The Broad Stage - Santa Monica, CA, USA
  • 2019
    Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre - Vernon, BC, Canada
  • 2019
    Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre - Medicine Hat, BA, Canada
  • 2019
    EA Rawlinson Centre - Prince Albert, SK, Canada
  • 2019
    Camrose Performing Arts Centre - Camrose, AB, Canada
  • 2019
    Dow Centennial Centre, Shell Theatre - Fort Saskatchewan, AB, Canada
  • 2019
    Keyano College Theatre & Arts Centre - Fort McMurray, AB, Canada
  • 2019
    La Comète Scène Nationale - Châlons-en-Champagne, France
  • 2019
    La Villette - Paris, France
  • 2020
    La Scène Nationale - Mâcon, France
  • 2020
    Nouvelle Scène Nationale - Cergy, France
  • 2020
    Le Radiant Bellevue - Caluire et Cuire, France
  • 2020
    Théâtre le Forum - Fréjus, France
  • 2020
    Théâtre - Fos sur Mer, France
  • 2020
    Centre Culturel Juliobona - Lillebonne, France
  • 2020
    Théâtre Beausobre - Morges, Switzerland
  • 2020
    Théâtre Lionel-Groulx - St.Therese, QC, Canada
  • 2020
    Imperial Theatre - Saint John, NB, Canada
  • 2020
    The Playhouse - Fredericton, NB, Canada
  • 2021
    Festspielhaus - St.Pölten, Austria
  • 2021
    BALTOPPEN Live - Ballerup, Denmark
  • 2021
    Winterfest - Salzburg, Austria
  • 2022
    Semaphore Cebazat - Cébazat, France
  • 2022
    Théâtre de Cusset - Cusset, France
  • 2022
    L'espace 93 - Clichy sous Bois, France
  • 2022
    Theéâtre DE L’Allegria - Plessis Robinson, France
  • 2022
    Noisy le Grand, France
  • 2022
    Theatre De Rungis - Rungis, France
  • 2022
    Le Volcan - Grande salle - Le Havre, France
  • 2022
    Le Pin Galant - Mérignac, France
  • 2022
    Gare Du Midi - Biarritz, France
  • 2022
    Le Pôle - Mont de Marsan, France
  • 2022
    Odyssud Blagnac - Blagnac, France
  • 2022
    Théâtre de Nîmes - Nîmes, France
  • 2022
    TEAT ile de La Réunion - Saint-Denis, Réunion
  • 2022
    Arendal Kulturhus - Arendal, Norway
  • 2022
    Nøtterøy Kulturhus - Nøtterøy, Norway
  • 2022
    Ibsenhuset - Skien, Norway
  • 2022
    Bærum Kulturhus - Bærum, Norway
  • 2022
    Drammen - Drammen, Norway
  • 2022
    Grand Théâtre de Provence - Aix-en-Provence, France
  • 2022
    Maison de la Danse - Lyon, France
  • 2022
    Carré Léon Gaumont - Saint Maxime, France
  • 2022
    Haugesund Konserthus - Haugesund, Norway
  • 2022
    Stavanger Konserthus - Stavanger, Norway
  • 2022
    Larvik - Larvik, Norway
  • 2022
    Moss Kulturhus - Moss, Norway

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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