Galway International Arts Festival presents The Pulse

30 June 2023

Galway International Arts Festival presents The Pulse from world-renowned acrobatics and physical theatre company Gravity & Other Myths.

Featuring 60 performers, don't miss this gravity-defying show, from 17–22 July, at the Festival Theatre, Kingfisher, University of Galway as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2023.

Gravity & Other Myths who astounded audiences in 2019 with daring acrobatic feats in Out of Chaos, now make a very welcome return to Galway with the biggest indoor show ever presented by GIAF, The Pulse, featuring a company of 60 performers including the 30 strong, all-female Orfeó Catalá Choir.

The Pulse is a hugely ambitious and monumental work of scale that has wowed critics with five-star reviews at the Adelaide and Edinburgh festivals. This jaw-dropping, pulsating performance will take place in the spectacular new Festival Theatre at the Kingfisher at the University of Galway, the biggest indoor temporary venue the Festival has ever created, purpose built for this phenomenal production. The Pulse, directed by Darcy Grant and composed by Ekrem Eli Phoenix.

The mass of acrobats and choir members unite and divide, becoming a spectacular being of muscle, bone and voice as a mountain of bodies move through an ocean of sound. It’s raw, it’s real, it sings, it sweats, it pulsates.

Towering human structures move with precision through a pulsing web of noise and light where seemingly impossible levels of cooperation deliver incredible physical feats. Witness an intricate, organic synchronicity of human movement and sound – all to the beat of your own pounding pulse.


‘Gravity defied in spectacular fashion’

Sydney Morning Herald


‘An absolute masterpiece’

The List


The Times


Venue: Festival Theatre, Kingfisher, University of Galway

Dates: 17–22 July, 8pm

Tickets: €25–€37.50

Duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes approx. No interval

First Thought Backstage: 19 July Post–show talk with the company

Galway International Arts Festival would like to acknowledge the support of its principal funding agencies the Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland; its Drinks Partner Heineken; and Education Partner University of Galway.

This project (The Pulse) has been assisted by The Australian Government's Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by, Adelaide Festival, Sydney Festival, Darwin Festival and GWB Entertainment Pty Ltd The Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body MM Electrical Merchandising Georgie Black The Government of South Australia, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure through Arts South Australia.