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The Pulse


A pulsing, monolithic work of scale that unites audience, acrobat and choir into a single organism for a moment in time...

A shimmering mass of 30 acrobats and 30 Choir members unite and divide becoming spectacular systems and organisms of muscle, bone and voice.

The home-grown company that has conquered the world, brings together all three of its core ensembles plus a choir of 30 voices. The Pulse is the wholly Australian work of scale that we’ve been longing for. The Helpmann award-winning creative team responsible for Out of Chaos - director Darcy Grant, designer Geoff Cobham and composer Ekrem Eli Phoenix - reunite to extend and amplify the signature spirit of this unique company: visceral, poetic, heart-stopping feats… Dispatched by your best mates.

Epic passages of seemingly impossible levels of cooperation and humanity, repeat, stretch, blossom and decay alluding to forces much greater than ourselves.

Watch as a mountain of bodies crumbles into an ocean of voice. Towering human structures move with precision through a pulsing web. Cobham’s sentient lighting design, combined with Grant's inspired crowd management and Phoenix's driving score, create an intricate, organic synchronicity of human movement and sound - all to the beat of your own pounding pulse!

It’s the heart-starter we all need.

It’s a work of breathtaking magnitude; an absolute masterpiece, one of those shows you will remember for the rest of your life.
The List
The show is, in essence, a tribute to human connection and how we help each other grow.
The Scotsman
Gravity & Other Myths are the masters of the astonishing.
Circus with a big, pounding heart and an honest, earthy soul.


Director: Darcy Grant

Lighting & Set Designer: Geoff Cobham

Composer: Ekrem Eli Phoenix

Conductor: Christie Anderson

Creative Ensemble: Alyssa Moore, Amanda Lee, Andre Augustus, Annalise Moore, Axl Osborne, Benton Adams-Walker, Chris Carlos, Dylan Phillips, Emily Gare, Ellen Grow, Jackson Manson, Jacob Randell, Jascha Boyce, Joanne Curry, Jordan Hart, Joren Dawson, Joshua Strachan, Kevin Beverley, Lachlan Binns, Lachlan Harper, Lewis Rankin, Lewis West, Lisa Goldsworthy, Lyndon Johnson, Margot Mansfield, Martin Schreiber, Maya Tregonning, Megan Giesbrecht, Rachel Boyd, Shani Stephens, Simon McClure, Tom Adams-Walker

Choir: Aurora (Young Adelaide Voices)

Company Producers: Jascha Boyce, Jacob Randell, Darcy Grant

Executive Producer: Torben Brookman

Sound System Design: Mik Lavage

Production Manager: Belinda Respondeck

Technical Director: Marko Respondeck

Show Information

Show Duration: 70 minutes

Audience Suitability: General

Stage Size: Min 20m wide x 16m depth / Height clearance of 9m to grid

Venue: Designed for proscenium arch theatres with 600+ capacity

Complete description, touring budget, and technical specifications supplied on request.


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

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Touring History

  • Adelaide Festival - Adelaide, Australia
  • The Playhouse, Darwin Entertainment Centre - Darwin, Australia
  • Sydney Festival - Sydney, Australia
  • August 8 - 9
    Edinburgh International Festival - Edinburgh, Scotland
  • June 29 - July 1
    Grec Fest - Barcelona, Spain
  • July 5 - 8
    TOHU - Montreal, Canada
  • July 17 - 22
    Festival Theatre, Kingfisher, University of Galway - Galway, Ireland
  • July 28 - August 1
    La Strada Festival - Graz, Austria
  • May 3 - 5
    Ruhrfestspielhaus Großes Haus - Recklinghausen, Germany

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which we make our work, the Kaurna people.

We honour their Elders, past, present and emerging, and acknowledge that the Indigenous people are the first artists of Australia.

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

Supported By

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