Feel the heat, hear every breath, and be immersed in every moment. This is the enticing invitation issued to UK audiences by highly acclaimed Australian circus company, Gravity & Other Myths as they bring A Simple Space to headline the Underbelly Festival Southbank from 5 April – 5 May this year.
A Simple Space is contemporary circus at its best and returns to the Underbelly Festival Southbank with an entirely new cast, redeveloping the show and bringing fresh dynamism as new relationships are explored. Shunning the traditional glitz, glamour and grand spectacle, instead stripping the true essence of circus back to its core as seven acrobats push their physical limits without reserve through a performance which is simultaneously raw, frantic and delicate. Honesty is the essence behind A Simple Space as audiences are immersed, brought in so close as to surround the stripped back stage for a multi-sensory intimate experience as the acrobats push their bodies to the absolute physical limit. Driven by an original live percussive soundtrack, the reality of failure and weakness is introduced as the usual guards are broken down and through raw, visceral performance personal narratives are conveyed and explored.
The show is the original production from internationally renowned circus company Gravity and Other Myths (Backbone, Out of Chaos) which since premiering at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013 has gone on to tour the world securing critical and audience favour in equal measure. A Simple Space captures and champions the GOM founding ethos which focuses on human connection and acrobatic virtuosity. The show is a true product of the ensemble which creates it and as the new season will feature an entirely new cast including the finest Australian acrobats, audiences can look forward to a new dynamic which is strong, cheeky, daring and demonstrates the most innovative and immersive circus experience.
A Simple Space runs from 5 April – 5 May 2019. Tickets are available from www.underbellyfestival.com
Photo credit: Steve Ullathorn