Huge temporary theatre being built to house epic spectacle The Pulse


From this week's Galway City Tribune

From this week's Galway City Tribune

Huge temporary theatre being built to house epic spectacle The Pulse Huge temporary theatre being built to house epic spectacle The Pulse

More than 60 performers will take to the stage of the specially created Festival Theatre at University of Galway from July 17-22 for The Pulse, the latest show from the renowned acrobatics and physical theatre company Gravity & Other Myths.

The Australian company return to Galway International Arts Festival, having previously visited in 2019, when they performed daring acrobatic feats in Out of Chaos.

The Pulse is bigger again – it’s the biggest indoor show ever presented by GIAF and the 60-strong company includes the 30-strong, all-female Orfeó Catalá Choir.

GIAF’s Artistic Director Paul Fahy describes the show as “a hugely ambitious and monumental work of scale that has wowed critics with five-star reviews at the Adelaide and Edinburgh festivals”.

The Times has described it as ‘astounding’, while the Sydney Morning Herald stated that it defied gravity ‘in spectacular fashion’ and The List called it ‘an absolute masterpiece’.

It will be staged in the new Festival Theatre in the Kingfisher Club at the University of Galway.

It’s the biggest indoor temporary venue the Festival has ever created and has been purpose-built for this production.

The Pulse, directed by Darcy Grant and composed by Ekrem Eli Phoenix, features a mass of acrobats and choir members uniting and dividing, becoming a spectacular mas of muscle, bone and voice as a mountain of bodies move through an ocean of sound.

Audiences can expect to see “towering human structures move with precision through a pulsing web of noise and light where incredible physical feats are delivered courtesy of seemingly impossible levels of co-operation”, according to Paul Fahy.

It’s on at 8pm nightly from July 17–22  at the Festival Theatre in the university and tickets are now on sale from

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