Out Of Chaos

Winner of the "Helpmann Award 2019 for Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production"


Season: 24. August 2019 – 16. February 2020

Gravity truly seems to be nothing but a myth when the acrobats of multi-award winning company Gravity & Other Myths take the stage. They construct dizzying human towers, whirl each other through the air, and test the limits of circus with extraordinary strength and grace. Their debut work "A Simple Space" led to sold-out venues around the world and wowed audiences and critics alike. From August 2019, they will be presenting their newest work Out Of Chaos in Germany for the first time.

 

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A spectacular exploration of circus, Out Of Chaos grapples with the relationship between order and chaos in our lives. With touching sincerity and disarming unaffectedness, eight acrobats create exhilarating images and so fearlessly explore the limits of their own physicality that it takes your breath away. The performance is accompanied by a brilliant sound design, produced live on stage and partly in the audience. The result is a furious, interactive soundscape that harmonizes perfectly with the movements of the acrobats and evokes an even stronger connection between stage and audience.

Join into the fray with Gravity & Other Myths and experience an unforgettable evening with exciting acrobatics, a great deal of humor, and a sense of warmth and connection that is impossible to resist.

Ensemble: Martin Schreiber, Simon McClure, Lewie West, Lewis Rankin, Mieke Lizotte, Lisa Goldsworthy, Dylan Phillips, Amanda Lee

Composer/Musician/Vocalist: Ekrem Phoenix

Director: Darcy Grant

Designer: Geoff Cobham

Producer: Craig Harrison

Associate Directors: Lachlan Binns & Jascha Boyce

Costume Designer: Emma Brockliss

Assistant Lighting Designer: Max Mackenzie

Sound Designer: Mik LaVage

Out Of Chaos has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, administered by Australia Council for the Arts, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by Adelaide Festival, Ten Days on the Island Festival, Galway International Arts Festival (IRE), La Strada Graz Festival (AUT) & La Bréche, Pôle National Cirque de Normandie / Cherbourg-en-Cotentin (FR). Gravity & Other Myths received support from Arts South Australia.

Cast

Martin Schreiber, Out Of Chaos

Martin Schreiber Acrobat

Alongside competitive gymnastics, Martin has been involved in the circus community for most of his life both as a circus trainer and finally as a performing artist. As one of the founding members of Gravity & Other Myths, Martin has performed both nationally and internationally with skills that include pitching, floor tumbling and group acrobatics. Martin hopes to continue to create work and inspire audiences worldwide through the joy and spectacle of circus.

Simon McClure, Out Of Chaos

Simon McClure Acrobat

At age 10 Simon started down his acrobatic path and joined the Flying Fruit Flies Circus (FFFC) in Albury. After seven years of training he went on tour as a technician with the company Acrobat, while also teaching acrobatics at the FFFC. Simon has performed a number of acts in a variety of cabaret settings before joining Gravity & Other Myths in 2014 specialising in tumbling and group acrobatics.

Mieke Lizotte, Out Of Chaos

Mieke Lizotte Acrobat

Mieke specialises in high-energy hula hoops, combined with a knack for being thrown around, and an ability to turn herself inside out and upside down. She started her career at a young age in the small, yet talent-rich state of Tasmania, with a local youth circus: Slipstream Circus. After over six years performing and teaching circus across Australia, she moved on to train at the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne and the Beijing International Acrobatics School, where she trained intensively in hula hoops, flexibility, hand-balancing, and acrobatics. She has a genuine love for all things circus and her contagious smile will no doubt delight audiences everywhere.

Lewis Rankin, Out Of Chaos

Lewis Rankin Acrobat

Lewis has been very active since a young age with his involvement in sports and a love for the outdoors. He found contemporary dance later in life which he trained at Adelaide Centre for the Arts. Since graduating he has performed with Shaun Parker & Company, Leigh Warren & Dancers, Sandpit and numerous other independent Companies. Circus and Acrobatics is a recent discovery and now he is passionate about combining and evolving these different art forms.

Lewie West, Out Of Chaos

Lewie West Acrobat

Lewie is an Australian acrobat through and through. He probably literally has circus in his blood stream due to all the rosin, chalk and acrobat sweat he's accidentally ingested over the years. He started in Warehouse Youth Circus in Canberra before training at The National Institute of Circus Arts. After earning his Bachelor degree Lewie performed, created and choreographed with Circa for 7 years, finding time to sneak off and earn a Gold medal in Paris at the Mondial du Cirque de Demain or what his Mum calls "The Circus Olympics" for his solo aerial straps act. In spite of this, Lewie still considers himself to be mostly an ensemble acrobat and is very happy to come into "work" every day to create, move and play with the group.

Dylan Phillips, Out Of Chaos

Dylan Phillips Acrobat

Dylan, 18 years young, loves to create, challenge and move. Specialising in hand balancing and acrobatics he uses his long limbs to his advantage to create a unique style and evoke strong emotions in his audiences. At a young age Dylan fell in love with being on his hands and found circus as a platform to express himself both physically and creatively. Over the years Dylan has been a part of directing, creating, producing and has performed in many shows and productions around the world. Dylan has worked casually for different companies such as Gravity & Other Myths, Slingsby and Windmill but also with his own company Time in Space Circus. Dylan continues to grow and develop his knowledge, whilst being an active member within the Australian Arts Community.

Lisa Goldworthy, Out Of Chaos

Lisa Goldworthy Acrobat

Lisa, 23, specializes in Hula Hoop as well as Partner and Group Acrobatics. Having trained and loved circus since the age of 9, Lisa graduated from South Australia's Circus Centre in 2013. Shortly after, she joined Australia's leading contemporary circus, CIRCA. Over the course of 4 years with CIRCA Lisa has been a part of 11 different productions and has toured to 13 different countries. While not at CIRCA, Lisa has performed with other companies such as Briefs Factory, Slingsby Theatre company, South Australian Circus Centre, Time and Space Circus and a work with Jerome Bell. In addition, Lisa performs with her award winning co-founded company Point & Flex Circus. Some of Lisa's career highlights include Performing Opus at La TOHU in Montreal, creating and performing Circa's Close Up as part of 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, performing at the Sydney opera house on her 21st birthday and being named by respected arts journalist Lyn Gardner as 'the best hula hooper she has ever seen'. Lisa enjoys circus as a physical and creative outlet for her energy and ideas. She loves the family circus has given her and the sense of belonging that comes with being a part of this wonderfully crazy community.

Amanda Lee, Out Of Chaos

Amanda Lee Acrobat

After nine years of full time training and competing in national level artistic gymnastics, Amanda discovered her love for creativity and movement. Amanda left gymnastics to dance with Quantum Leap Youth Dance Company, and went on to study dance at the Victorian College of the Arts. After her housemates introduced her to the world of Contemporary Circus, Amanda then studied at the National Institute of Circus Arts specialising in hand balancing, and has since travelled the world performing with companies such as Time in Space Circus, and Circa Contemporary Circus. Amanda is driven to make exciting work to provoke thought in audiences of all demographics.

Ekrem Eli Phoenix, Out Of Chaos

Ekrem Eli Phoenix Musician

The music of composer Ekrem Eli Phoenix has been described by the press as "risk-taking and other worldly, bordering on performance art." Much of his work is concept-driven and explores voice, language and contemporary performance practice.

A native of Istanbul, Ekrem relocated to Australia in 2005 and has since been prolific both as an artist and an educator. As an avid researcher and young academic, he completed a PhD degree in composition at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, under the supervision of Dr Damien Ricketson. His career features collaborations with The Song Company, Ensemble Offspring, Force Majeure, Belvoir Street Theatre, Bell Shakespeare, Opera Australia, and Centre of Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice at University of the Arts, London.

Ekrem's works have been performed in venues including Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, St Mary's Cathedral, Cockatoo Island and Campbelltown Arts Centre. 'Sonolith #1', for solo-piano, opened Aurora New Music Festival, while 'Some Echo Still' toured Australia in 2015 and was performed at Canberra International Music Festival. His 2012 solo percussion piece "and we chart the topography of a moment" premiered at Sydney Opera House performed by Claire Edwardes.

In 2013, Ekrem composed and performed an endurance piece of 210 hours titled 'Hermitage'. He performed music continuously from sunrise till sunset for 15 consecutive days, while isolated inside Currie Harbour Lighthouse on King Island. Blurring the lines between performance and living, the resulting 14-hour documentary can now be viewed online.

A MODART Young Composers' Program participant and acclaimed for his experimental works, Ekrem is also an award winning composer for film, theatre and dance. His stage credits include Food, The Astronaut, Yellow Moon, Miss Julie, The Kiss, Cut and now Out of Chaos.

Ekrem was the resident composer at Murmuration, Sydney's first integrated performance company creating works alongside artists with and without disability between 2015 and 2018. Alongside his musical pursuits Ekrem also works in hospitals supporting patients experiencing cancer and heart ailments as well as palliative care.

About the company / creative team

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

GOM’s show A Simple Space has achieved huge international success, receiving multiple awards, and having performed more than 500 times across 24 countries. The follow up show Backbone, created in 2017, has already been nominated for multiple awards, had stellar reviews, and toured to festivals internationally.

GOM has a focus on community engagement and always tries to support the circus community in Adelaide, as well as local circus communities in cities we travel to.

Ensemble: Martin Schreiber, Simon McClure, Lewie West, Lewis Rankin, Mieke Lizotte, Lisa Goldsworthy, Dylan Phillips, Amanda Lee.

Composer/Musician/Vocalist: Ekrem Phoenix

Director: Darcy Grant
Designer: Geoff Cobham
Producer: Craig Harrison
Associate Directors: Lachlan Binns & Jascha Boyce
Costume Designer: Emma Brockliss
Assistant Lighting Designer: Max Mackenzie
Sound Designer: Mik LaVage


Out Of Chaos has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals
Initiative, administered by Australia Council for the Arts, in association with the
Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by
Adelaide Festival, Ten Days on the Island Festival, Galway International Arts
Festival (IRE), La Strada Graz Festival (AUT) & La Bréche, Pôle National Cirque de
Normandie / Cherbourg-en-Cotentin (FR).
Gravity & Other Myths received support from Arts South Australia.

In the press

"A spectacular exploration of circus and its relationship to order and chaos in our lives."
Limelight Magazine

"Conceptually brilliant and sophisticatedly simple... circus with a big, pounding heart and an honest, earthly soul."
In Daily

"Imaginative, expressionistic, thrilling and aesthetically refined."
Artshub
 
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