A Simple Space (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

A Simple Space

Up-close acrobatic thrills from Australian company Gravity & Other Myths

Hailing from South Australia, Gravity & Other Myths is a wonderfully strong, fit young company who want the audience to be close enough to see the pleasurable prowess, and the occasional strains or tensions, underlying their acrobatic games.

Lasting just 40 minutes, the show takes place on a simple baize-green stage lit by long-necked adjustable lamps. What gives the back-to-basics production values a boost is our proximity to a handful of performers who are damn good at what they do.

It’s all structured loosely round twin themes of friendly competition (skipping rope-stripping; who can backflip the longest; last man standing on his hands while being pelted by the punters with rubber balls) and co-operative trust (four men are human scaffolding, elevating a long bar round which the company’s lone, inscrutably calm female rotates; one male, flat on his back, later props her up on his hands while another man stands on the first’s stomach). You may have seen some of this before, but probably never so amazingly near.

Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, until 26 Aug (not 22), 1.30pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

A Simple Space

Australian troupe Gravity & Other Myths present a gritty circus performance.