Contemporary Circus | Sunday, Nov 15, 2015 | 3:00 PM | $22-40
BlackRock’s MainStage as you’ve never seen it before! For this unique performance, the stage will be extended and you will have a chance to be a part of the action with special onstage seating. In A Simple Space seven acrobats from the multi-award winning Australian acrobatics ensemble Gravity & Other Myths push their physical limits without reserve in a performance that’s simultaneously raw, frantic and delicate.
Supported by live percussion in a performance presented so intimately that you can feel the heat, hear every breath, and be immersed in every moment, A Simple Space promises to leave you breathless and exhilarated! Instead of fine-tuning the performance with makeup, lighting and contrived theatrical overlay, the cast have deliberately gone the opposite. The audience is brought in close to surround the stripped-back stage. In that space the acrobats are pushed to the physical limit, breaking down their usual guards and introducing the reality of failure and weakness. With nothing left to hide behind, personal narratives come through naturally. This honesty is the essence behind A Simple Space.
Formed in 2009 in Adelaide, South Australia, Gravity & Other Myths creates and directs their own work with emphasis on an honest approach to performance, moving away from traditional circus and theatre models, towards a fusion of acrobatic physical theatre. In 2013 Gravity & Other Myths Premiered A Simple Space at the 2013 Adelaide Fringe Festival winning the weekly award for Best Circus and receiving a nomination for Best Circus Overall.
This event will take place in our Main Stage theater and a limited number of seats will be available on the stage itself. This is the second of two performances. The first performance will be on Saturday, November 14 at 7:00 pm
Gravity and Other Myths is providing a free, introductory workshop for children 8 and above. The workshop will teach basic tumbling, group pyramids, and handstands at both a beginner and intermediate level. Students will cartwheel, stand on their hands and learn to work together to create counterbalances and human pyramids in a safe and supportive environment. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting sports clothing is preferred (eg shorts and t‐shirt).
This engagement of A Simple Space is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.