Those with high blood pressure may want to steer clear of “A Simple Space.”
The circus act, performed by Australian acrobatic ensemble Gravity & Other Myths, had me on the edge of my seat with my hands over my mouth, not breathing, eyes wide, for the entire hour-long performance.
Each member of the ensemble exhibits a nearly unfathomable level of control over his or her body. Whether they’re stacked three high, seeing who can do the most backflips or throwing the two women, Jascha Boyce and Rhiannon Cave-Walker, around like rag dolls, Gravity & Other Myths create art with their bodies, each of which is a work of art in itself.
The beauty of this performance comes from the realization that our bodies are blank canvases. And just like any other piece of artwork, the level of beauty we can create with them depends on the amount of work we put in. And past the beauty of each individual body, the members of Gravity & Other Myths create masterpieces when they come together to perform.
Beyond the art of the performance, “A Simple Space” is such a charming show because of the humor the group brings. In one bit, they distribute plastic balls to the audience members. Then, they each do a handstand, the crowd throws the balls at them, and whoever is able to stay in their position longest wins.
These good-natured little contests are interspersed throughout the performance, breaking up the more choreographed pieces, which are jaw-dropping in their complexity and physicality.