Acrobats defying gravity

GRAVITY: Acrobat Jascha Boyce is supported by fellow members of Gravity and Other Myths in a unique move. The group will be performing in Whyalla on Saturday.

GRAVITY: Acrobat Jascha Boyce is supported by fellow members of Gravity and Other Myths in a unique move. The group will be performing in Whyalla on Saturday.

One of the most important factors in an acrobatic act on stage is the element of trust.

Fortunately the acrobats which comprise circus act Gravity and Other Myths are close friends with one another and have been for some time.

That trust they have gives them the confidence to pull off moves like you see pictured on the right.

Jascha Boyce, the girl being held merely by the hands of the other performers, says she always has faith in her friends to support her.

“There’s always little moments of making sure where I am in the air and trusting the people around me, but we have been doing this for such a long time that I’m comfortable standing on people’s heads in the air,” she said.

Jascha and the rest of the crew will be bringing their new show Backbone to the Middleback Arts Centre this weekend, which will showcase a new style of circus.

“It’s a little bit of everything. There’s really intricate movement and incredible acrobatics, our company is known for group acrobatics and working as a team – we’re like a big family,” she said.

“You can see the way we relate to each other in the real world on stage as well.”

Fellow acrobat Lachlan Binns said Backbone explores a variety of different strengths, including physical strength, mental strength and strength of character.

“Acrobatics is something you can do with other people, and that’s what I’ve really loved about it. I’ve been able to do what I love with my friends for a long time,” he said.

“I’ve always been a bit of a thrill seeker so this is a chance to show what I can do for people all around the world.”

The acrobats have also run a series of workshops around Whyalla both at schools and in public.

Backbone will be showing in Whyalla on Saturday, April 14 at 7pm. For tickets contact the Middleback Arts Centre on 8644 7300.