Gravity really does seem to be nothing but a myth when the acrobats of multiple award-winning company Gravity & Other Myths from Australia take the stage.
In 2019, they thrilled our audience with their very distinctive circus style once before. Now they are finally returning to the Chamäleon stage with their latest circus work, The Mirror, followed by the return of their acclaimed production, Out of Chaos.
Conceptual sophistication has become one of the trademarks of Gravity & Other Myths. Their performances are full of nuanced imagery, brought to life through high-energy acrobatic choreographies. At the center, however, lie the warmth and personalities of the artists, who are all part of a tight-knit ensemble. Together, they let us take part in their world through great honesty, humor and vulnerability.
Gravity & Other Myths’ newest work, The Mirror, is the company’s most physically and conceptually ambitious challenge to date. Together with director Darcy Grant, the artists explore the idea of self-love and the value we place on our external vs. internal selves. “The world is full of examples of inaccessible art by brilliantly incomprehensible masters, hedonistic entertainment that forces itself upon you.” says Darcy Grant. “Together we look for possibilities that can temper and question the often hard line between these worlds and in doing so we inevitably reflect on how we see ourselves in the equation.” How can we push beyond our physical limits while also deeply questioning why we do so at all? How much does our self-love depend on how we are perceived by others? The Mirror is both a nod to the extremes that people will go to please others and a reflection on the hidden parts of ourselves that make us unique.
The Mirror is currently in the creation process, but you can buy tickets for this performance now. Director Darcy Grant accompanies the creation process with his camera – take a look behind the scenes in our journal.
We are incredibly excited to not only premiere this piece on our stage but support it in its creation as a co-producer.
Director: Darcy Grant
Set & Lighting Designer: Matt Adey
Associate Designer: Lachlan Binns
Composer: Ekrem Phoenix
Costume Designer: Renate Henschke
Creative Producer: Jascha Boyce
Sound Design: Mik La Vage
Age Recommendation 12+
Content Note: The performance explores themes of sexuality and contains depictions of mild nudity.
Lighting Note: Stroboscopic lighting effects are used during the course of the production, which may pose an increased health risk to those at risk of epilepsy.
Audio Note: Our theater has a modern sound system, which is why the volume can be higher. If you are sensitive to the volume, our team will be happy to provide you with ear protection.
Co-Produced by: Chamäleon Berlin
In the Press
Cirque du Soleil with a fistful of grit.
This likeable, highly talented troupe is a perfect fit for the Chameleon.
Broadway World Adelaide
The incredible skill of this ensemble is exceptional.
A Company in Residence
From August to December 2022, Gravity & Other Myths (GOM) will present two productions under the motto “A Company in Residence”. With this we continue a format whose first edition has inspired us and our guests enormously in the past year. Designed as a production concept, “A Company in Residence” aims to support the creative work of the artists and at the same time present our audience with outstanding, newly created or adapted productions.
Gravity & Other Myths is an acrobatics and physical theatre company pushing the boundaries of new circus. Through a series of disarmingly accomplished ensemble works, GOM has evolved to become an established and respected Australian company, challenging the ecology of new circus through conceptual sophistication and acrobatic virtuosity while nurturing human connection.
Formed in 2009 by a group of young Adelaide artists with a passion for circus and physical theatre, the past 12 years have seen GOM successfully consolidate a meteoric introduction to the arts sector through steady growth, six critically acclaimed works and broad global success having toured to 37 countries with a collective attendance in excess of 750,000. The circus industry, the wider arts community and audiences worldwide have embraced the unique playfulness, honesty and physical mastery in the company’s work.
A Simple Space, our first work, has achieved huge international success, receiving multiple awards and having performed over 1000 times across 34 countries. GOM’s subsequent work, Backbone, has been touring for the past 5 years receiving awards (including 3 Helpmann award nominations) and critical acclaim worldwide. Out Of Chaos premiered in the 2019 Adelaide Festival, receiving the 2019 Helpmann Award for Best Physical Theatre. Out Of Chaos performed at the Chamäleon from August 2019 until February 2020.
Due to travel restrictions, GOM based themselves in their hometown of Adelaide throughout 2020/2021. This has allowed them the unexpected opportunity to invest in the creation of new work with the aim to diversify their current portfolio, while enabling them the time to reconnect with South Australian audiences.