Thu 30 April - Sat 2 May

WEEK 53: Scarabeus Aerial Theatre - POWERFLEX

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Why not make a WEEK 53 night of it and book for some of our other incredible WEEK 53 shows including Pietro Marullo’s Wreck on Thursday night,  or Ontroerend Goed’s LIES and The Faction’s Pericles in Libya for the same evening for just £15 for two shows?



Performance times to be confirmed 

Powerful or powerless? Ascending to or descending from power? Balancing power?

A site responsive promenade performance.  A vertical journey suspended on the exterior of The Lowry, where the building transforms itself into a vessel for exploring power in its various manifestations and symbolism.

The stunning architecture of The Lowry becomes the site where the performers create a visual manifestation of how we find power within ourselves; what it means living and balancing power at the edge and how can we summon its positive aspects: energy, strength, grace, dignity, potency… by ultimately flexing our muscles to fly!

An enthralling immersive aural and visual experience for residents, accidental passers-by and a gathered audience. Run with us, fear for us, be with us…

The professional cast of aerialists will be joined in some parts of the piece by a group of CAT dance students that are being trained specifically for this commission.

About Scarabeus

Since 1988 Scarabeus have produced pioneering outdoor work fusing aerial skills with visual theatre and choreographed movement in both site-specific and touring performances. Scarabeus creates spectacular thought-provoking and unforgettable productions dealing with contemporary narratives aimed at awaken empathy, ethical and political consciousness in our wide range of audience.  Alongside our professional performances we run an extensive participatory programme for young people and families and a training platform for aspiring aerialists/performers.


Artistic director – Daniela Essart

Co-choreographers – Lindsey Butcher and Beatrice Perini

Technical director – Søren Nielsen

Riggers – Joe White, Tom Radcliffe, Søren Nielsen

Performers – Beatrice Perini, Hauk Pattison, Lindsey Butcher, Jamie Higgins, Kat Cooley, Rachel Ní Bhraonain, Vicky McManus

Lighting designer – David Wimpenny