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 this year.
A Simple Space is contemporary circus at its absolute best and returns to the 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 multisensory 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.
A Simple Space 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 bet on a new dynamic which is strong, cheeky, daring and demonstrates the most innovative and immersive circus experience.
A Simple Space is on at Underbelly Southbank Festival, London, SE1 8XX from Fri 5 April – Sun 5 May (not Mondays), 7.30pm (Tues-Fri), 3pm & 6pm (Sat and Sun)
Admission: from £16.50 preview, from £19 Tues and Weds, from £23 Thurs-Sun
Photos: Chris Herzfeld