Physical theatre with 24 bodies and 26 voices

Performed by Gravity & Other Myths, a company that routinely eludes earth’s forces and a euphoric symphony of strength, sinew, and song, it sends humans into the air and hearts into mouths.

One of Australia’s finest boundary-pushing, jaw-slackening circus company reveal their most ambitious show yet. Gravity & Other Myths’ The Pulse is packed to the brim with visceral, poetic and heart-stopping feats of strength and agility.

Watch as a mountain of bodies crumbles into an ocean of voice and towering human structures glide with precision through five kilometres of pulsing computer-controlled web, complete with reactive, intense lighting design and composer Ekrem Eli Phoenix’s soundtrack, made to mimic the beat of your (racing) pulse.

This project was supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund — an Australian Government initiative.

Cast

Alyssa Moore, Amanda Lee, Andre Augustus, Annalise Moore, Axl Osborne, Benton Adams-Walker, Chris Carlos, Dylan Phillips, Emily Gare, Ellen Grow, Jackson Manson, Jacob Randell, Jascha Boyce, Joanne Curry, Jordan Hart, Joren Dawson, Joshua Strachan, Kevin Beverley, Lachlan Binns, Lachlan Harper, Lewis Rankin, Lewis West, Lisa Goldsworthy, Lyndon Johnson, Margot Mansfield, Martin Schreiber, Maya Tregonning, Megan Giesbrecht, Rachel Boyd, Shani Stephens, Simon McClure, Tom Adams-Walker, Aurora (Young Adelaide Voices), VOX (Sydney Philharmonia Choirs)

Creative Team

Director Darcy Grant
Designer Geoff Cobham
Composer Ekrem Phoenix
Conductor Christie Anderson
Company Producers Jascha Boyce, Jacob Randell, Darcy Grant
Executive Producer Torben Brookman (GWB Entertainment)
Sound System Design Mik LaVage
Production Manager Belinda Murphy
Technical Director Marko Respondeck

“The skill, artistry and daring on display is breathtaking” ★★★★.5

LIMELIGHT

“The level of skill and agility is sublime as performers clamber up human towers and leap fearlessly between them, eliciting regular gasps from the audience. But it’s the sheer scale that’s most impressive, the regularity with which these feats are performed as the improbably tall human structures simultaneously evolve and collapse on different parts of the stage.” ★★★★

SCENSTR

“At the throbbing heart of The Pulse is the beauty of endless renewal, depicted as bodies and voices unite, retreat and reconnect in a monumental display of synchronicity and skill.”

INDAILY

“Just as I was wondering if this display, although spectacular, was going to turn into a one-trick circus, it moved into a fast and flourishing finale featuring an amazing willowy figure – and it was all over in a roar of applause. Perfect timing to the end.” ★★★★★

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

“An enigmatic fusion of movement, dance and voice that builds from a steady rhythm to tumbling freneticism… an astounding spectacle of arts at the most professional and inspiring level.” ★★★★.5

GLAM ADELAIDE

“[E]xceptional live performance.”

THE AU REVIEW