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Nicole Alivojvodic Reviews Backbone On Now Until November 4th

1 Nov

BackboneIf you think you’ve seen crazy strength and fitness levels before, think again. The international hit “Backbone”, from renowned Australian circus company Gravity & Other Myths, literally tosses around the perception of what strength is, where it comes from, and how it’s measured. With an ensemble of 10 performers and 2 on-stage musicians, “Backbone” had the audience’s jaws on the floor on opening night at Vancouver Playhouse Theatre. Fun for the whole family, this masterpiece of a show is a celebration of human interconnectedness and is somehow very moving without any spoken word.

The performers all work together to bring this beautiful production to life and make their incredible feats of strength and flexibility look graceful and dance-like. It isn’t until the music quiets and lights are bright that you can hear them gasping for air and see the sweat dripping. The impressive acrobatics are enhanced by sound and light effects which get the audience leaning forward, fully engaged in what’s happening on stage and scared that if they look away for just a second they might miss something. From doing dozens of backflips in a row to throwing each other around like toys to creating 3-person high human pyramids while completely blind, “Backbone” is wild and daring. It’s also charmingly informal! While the performers pull their stunts off perfectly in sync, the way they relate to each other is like friends having a great time instead of like professionals hard at work. Not only is it stunning, “Backbone” is actually quite funny too! You absolutely don’t want to miss this unique show, testing the limits of physical, emotional, individual and collective strength.  Backbone is on now until November 4th. For tickets,  visit The Cultch.

By Contributing Writer: Nicole Alivojvodic

A Simple Space Gravity & Other Myths At The York Theatre October 13-24

7 Oct

SimpleSapceThe York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, presents A Simple Space Gravity & Other Myths from October 13 – 24. This show is a multi award winning Australian acrobatics ensemble. The company creates engaging works of acrobatic art. The group was formed in 2009 in Adelaide, South Australia and creates and directs their own work which moves away from traditional circus and theatre models towards fusion of acrobatic physical theatre. This ensemble has an international reputation for their amazing work and tour all over the world including the United Kingdom, Sweden, Argentina, New Zealand and throughout the USA.

On October 13th, you have the opportunity to experience this raw, frantic and at the same time delicate performance which features seven incredibly skilled acrobats. You get to witness first hand how they thumb their noses at the rules of gravity. This intimate presentation is supported by live percussion. A Simple Space is a truly unique experience not to be missed.  The show kicks off on October 13 at 7:00 pm and continues till October 24th at the York Theatre. Tickets are available at The Cultch from $20.  To learn more about this acrobatic ensemble, visit Gravity & Other Myths.

“Mind blowing physical theatre”
Talk Fringe

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