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The Broad Stage in Santa Monica presents the Los Angeles premiere of the internationally renowned company Gravity and Other Myths, based in Australia, that pushes the boundaries of contemporary circus with its award winning Backbone on Friday, October 25 at 7:30pm and Saturday, October 26 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm.
In Backbone, the company (literally) tosses around the perceptions about the meaning of strength, in what InDaily calls “a genre-defying, thought-provoking, visual extravaganza … so intensely beautiful it makes you proud to be human.” 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 a celebration of human connectedness: sexy but sincere, raw yet utterly disciplined, Backbone is proof you can’t do the impossible without spending a little sweat.
Backbone won the award for Outstanding Achievement at the Australian Dance Awards, and was a Helpmann nominee for Best New Work, Best Choreography and Best Lighting Design (2017).