A Simple Space
A Simple Space perfectly describes the stage when you enter The West Australian Spiegeltent at the heart of The Woodside Pleasure Garden, but what the cast from Gravity & Other Myths create on that stage in the next 60 minutes is anything but simple.
From the moment the performers enter the space there is a sense that this is not a familiar circus format. The opening sets the tone for the whole performance as the acrobats dart, dive, and weave erratically performing death defying stunts while simultaneously joking and playing with each other.
While spectators laugh, clap, and gasp it feels like the performers are unafraid of the risk, though it’s clear that as they strive for higher heights things can, and must, go wrong. The craft is in controlling who crashes and when.
These seven acrobats (and accompanying percussionist) make up one tightly tuned ensemble that push their bodies, and audience expectations, to the limit. Rather than sterilised and seamless this bare bones show is full of light, laughter, comradery, and exceptional stunts.
It’s hard to pick stand outs from such a highly skilled group but the graceful elegance of hand balancer Annalise Moore and the impressive punch of Josh Strachan emphasised the skill of everyone on stage.
Watching these bodies chase, leap, flip, and fly it’s not only the performers who soar to unexpected heights.
A Simple Space shatters limits and fills the big top with joy.