This performance will be available to watch in person or online via Lowry Digital.
EMERGING centres on the relationship between a transgender son, who has questioned his gender identity for as long as he can remember, and his mother, as they embark on a journey into the unknown.
“Our transitions together have been for different lengths and paces. I feel ready for this, and I never want to hurt you. I love you so dearly, and I want you on my journey with me”.
“Please take me by the hand and guide me through the appearing and disappearing of you, because this is what I fear the most; to lose you my child”.
Scarabeus Aerial Theatre combine aerial dance and visual theatre with excerpts from letters written to each other in an immersive multimedia performance. Artistic director Daniela and son Naissa harness their art to better understand both themselves and each other, as they navigate their relationship and a complex life-changing process.
While sensitively exploring the themes of gender identity and representation, EMERGING is an intimate and epic experience of the power of creativity to facilitate profound change, created in consultation with young gender diverse and trans people and their parents/carers
Co-commissioned by The Lowry and the London International Mime Festival.
Supported by Jacksons Lane and the National Centre for Circus Arts.
Funded by Arts Council England & Foyle Foundation
Running time approximately 1 hour.
Livestream on Sat 8 October
BSL Interpreted by Emma Jane Heap | Saturday 8 October 2022 at 8pm (online & in-person)
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“It’s totally beautiful. I burst into tears right at the end… Loads of layers, nuances, delicacies, possibilities and opportunities here. I love to see a work that is creative and equitable, that really listens to both parent and young person perspectives, and honours the messiness and complexity of them.”
Lindsey Dreyden – Webby and Emmy award winner producer of Trans In America
“I love the relationship between mother and child. The hope that it brings, that my mother may also accompany me on my journey through life/gender/identity.”
Young transgender person
“It’s inspiring the way both sides are able to freely express themselves whilst showing so much love for each other.”
Parent of transgender young person
“An intimate and layered spectacle.”
Donald Hutera about Depths of my mind
Artistic director & performer Daniela Essart
Performer & collaborator Naissa Essart Nielsen
Choreographer & movement director Becky Namgauds
Dramaturgs Tessa Walker & Jimmy Justice
Video & projections designer Marisa Zanotti
Sound designer & composer Domenico Angarano
Assistant String Composer Matt Holborn
Lighting designer Joshua Harriette
Costume designer Giulia Gallon
Aerial apparatus design Joe White
Technical Director & Rigger Søren Nielsen
Aerial Riggers Graeme Clint, Søren Nielsen & Joe Garcia
Production & stage manager Sam Rush
Project documentation Henri T
Engagement producer Fae Fitchtner
Emerging Producer Flora Herberich
Why we have created Emerging
“With Emerging we want to not only tell our story, but use our artform to give voice to others who are navigating similar journeys and to let them know they are not alone. We want to highlight the nuances, the fragility and ferocity in this journey, bravery and fear, determination and dignity. We are making Emerging because we aspire to live in a world where gender diverse, non binary and trans people are visible, valued and live safe and fulfilled lives”. Daniela Essart, Scarabeus artistic director
About the company
Scarabeus Aerial Theatre has created for over 30 years visually arresting and transformative performances. We conjure into existence thought provoking, unforgettable productions and participation projects dealing with contemporary narratives, aimed at awakening empathy and ethical consciousness in our wide range of audiences.