Gravity Dolls is a collaboration between Tim Rutty and Tarah Carey. The pair was first introduced in 2012 when a mutual work and study place brought them together. After developing respect and appreciation for each other’s work, the pair investigated the possibility of collaborating to blend their passions for theatre and circus. This passion sparked a vision to create stories that encompass the entire performance space, challenging the laws of gravity and invoking a sense of magical realism in their play, and thus, the name Gravity Dolls was born. The work of Gravity Dolls is an ongoing exploration of storytelling that draws from circus, movement, design and text to create stories that unfold in, around and above the audience.
In addition to creating and performing in their own shows, Gravity Dolls are available for private and corporate functions as roving entertainers, and host a variety of educational programs – from private lessons to team-building workshops for schools and professional groups.
Growing up in the small town of Maryborough, QLD, Tarah spent most days in a gymnastics leotard. Competing at a state level, Tarah continued training until Theatre Residency Week with QLD Theatre Co redirected her passions towards a career in the performing arts. She then went on to study a bachelor of acting at USQ after successfully auditioning in 2005, and was a nominee for Best Actress at the Queensland New Filmmakers awards in 2008. Since moving to Melbourne Tarah has been acting, writing and producing across both theatre and circus.
Despite the rumours, Tim was not raised by wolves. He has however spent most of his life upside down and above the ground. Starting out in gymnastics at age six, Tim received the Circus Oz Graduate Award when he completed his Bachelor of Circus Arts at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) in 2013. In the years since, Tim’s love for physicality has seen him perform circus internationally and regularly around his home city, Melbourne.