Watch as a mountain of bodies crumble into an ocean of voice and towering human structures move with precision through an ever-changing web of rope. The Pulse, directed by Darcy Grant and composed by Ekrem Eli Phoenix, truly breaks new ground for circus arts, joining the extraordinary technique and skill of Gravity & Other Myths’ ensemble of twenty-four acrobats with the thirty-six exceptional local voices of the Orfeó Català Choir, conducted by Buia Reixach. The intricate, organic synchronicity of human movement and sound alludes to forces and ideas greater than ourselves. The result is a thrilling, unforgettable show that speaks to humanity’s ability to connect and help each other keep growing.
If the name of this company sounds familiar, that’s because they also appeared with Backbone at the 2019 edition of the Barcelona Grec Festival. The company, founded in Adelaide in 2009, has reached an audience of over 700,000 people worldwide in thirty-seven countries with their innovative shows. Their debut show, A Simple Space (2013) notched up its 1000th show early in 2023. Gravity & Other Myths approaches contemporary circus in a unique way and seeks to form a community with the artists in the countries they visit. That’s why they work with local companies, as is the case here, with a Barcelona choir providing the voices for what will be the opening act of Grec 2023.
A Gravity & Other Myths’ production.
Winner of the award for Outstanding Production, Outstanding Design and Best Circography at the 2021 International Circus Awards.
This project has been assisted by: The Australian Government's Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by, Adelaide Festival, Sydney Festival, Darwin Festival and GWB Entertainment Pty Ltd. The Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. MM Electrical Merchandising. House of Oz. The Government of South Australia, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure through Arts South Australia.
Ensemble: Alyssa Moore, Andre Augustus, Annalise Moore, Axl Osborne, Dylan Phillips, Emily Gare, Jackson Manson, Jacob Randell, Jascha Boyce, Joanne Curry, Jordan Hart, Joren Dawson, Joshua Strachan, Kevin Beverley, Lachlan Binns, Lachlan Harper, Lewis Rankin, Louis Gift, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Schreiber, Maya Tregonning, Megan Giesbrecht, Shani Stephens, Simon McClure. Choir: Orfeó Català Girls Choir. Choir conductor & soloist: Buia Reixach.
Director: Darcy Grant. Lighting and set design: Geoff Cobham. Composition: Ekrem Eli Phoenix. Conductor & soloist: Christie Anderson. Sound System Design: Mik Lavage. 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.