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Defying gravity at Adelaide Festival: Gravity & Other Myths’s ‘The Pulse’

Gravity & Other Myths's 'The Pulse'. Photo by Darcy Grant.

Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide.
26 February 2021. 

In a time of limited crowds and social distancing, The Pulse felt liberated and effervescent. Sixty performers all sharing the space, filling our senses with strength, spectacle and sublime vocals. The sheer number of performers almost felt contraband; like a rich, guilty pleasure at these times, and I revelled in every moment.

Gravity & Other Myths's 'The Pulse'. Photo by Darcy Grant.
Gravity & Other Myths’s ‘The Pulse’. Photo by Darcy Grant.

Gravity & Other Myths certainly defy gravity. The cast of 30 talented acrobats were as much contemporary dancers as they were athletes and circus performers. A series of dance solos showed their individual strengths, beautiful lines and impeccable training, juxtaposed with cheeky vaudeville snippets, tumbling, 30-people-deep pyramids and death-defying drops and leaps. Their strength, balance and overall commitment is astounding, but what impressed me even more was their fluidity, grace and performance quality, as they created a seamless theatrical experience. 

Gravity & Other Myths's 'The Pulse'. Photo by Darcy Grant.
Gravity & Other Myths’s ‘The Pulse’. Photo by Darcy Grant.

The sounds of Aurora, Young Adelaide Voices, were just beautiful. Hypnotic and powerful, they built the landscape for an exhilarating spectacle. With such powerful live vocals on stage, we as an audience were enveloped in every element of the performance, and truly felt its mighty heartbeat. Acrobat, choir and audience all ventured on a visceral, surreal, yet authentic journey celebrating life and showing gratitude, particularly at this time, for our strong pounding hearts, our pulse. 

The Pulse was just what I needed to kick start my heart again, after such a tough year for the arts in 2020. Thank you to Gravity & Other Myths and Aurora for enlivening our thirsty souls. 

By Deborah Searle of Dance Informa.

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