21 Dec 2022

Scarabeus Aerial Theatre


Sunset image with the text 'Festive Greetings and have a Happy Winter Solstice' over the top and snowflakes dotted around.
‘What a year of highs and lows, of massive swings, at times challenging to be handled even by an accomplished aerialist… I feel I was on fire and under fire at the same time, working very hard to keep grounded, when everything around me was spinning at great velocity. It has also been a year of great accomplishments, as you shall read below. A massive thank you to our collaborators, colleagues, audience, participants and supporters, because of you we are here to tell our stories…’  - Daniela Essart, Artistic Director


Emerging has been with us for over three years, a work of care, love and courage. We created the performance with our amazing team, we premiered it at The Lowry and then we decided to cancel the rest of the tour to protect the mental health and wellbeing of our main collaborators. 

After sometime of reflection, we are now giving a legacy to this work by creating a digital version of Emerging the performance, and offering three micro-commissions to young and emerging queer, transgender and non-binary artists.
Please join us on 3 & 4 February 2023 at Jacksons Lane DON’T MISS IT!

We’re thrilled to announce our Take Flight programme has been chosen as a Co-op Local Community Fund cause. The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects across the UK: every time members buy selected Co-op branded products and services, 2p for every £1 spent goes to your membership account and 2p goes to support to local causes like our Take Flight programme.

The more Co-op members that choose us as their cause, the more money we can raise for our crucial Take Flight programme. So if you’re a Co-op member, or shop at the Co-op and would become a member (it only costs £1 and you get loads of benefits) then please visit our cause page and choose us!

Our young aerialist have really outdone themselves this year, they've grown, progressed and produced! After a year of practicing and working together they created a wonderful end of year showcase: 'JOY IS...' a collection of aerial choreography on hoops, cocoons, silks and Chinese pole. 
This year has seen us visit three brilliant Primary Schools in Islington: Ambler Primary SchoolGrafton Primary School and Pakeman Primary School.

We support families that are living under difficult circumstances or have complex needs, working with them to form stronger bonds, feel less stressed, less anxious, and more able to have fun as a family. It has been such a pleasure to share our skills with families that felt grateful for this offer.

“It’s allowed me to connect with my daughter. The highlight of my week”
We were thrilled when our Flying Families programme was shortlisted for the Best Family Arts Activity by Family Arts - Fantastic for Families Awards. It was wonderful to meet all the amazing youth, community and arts organisations that offer such a huge range essential services and projects to their local communities. 
We have been finally able to roll out our Flying into Physic programme in full. We worked with a total of 10 schools in Barnet, Brent, Camden and Islington, where over 450 children were able to experience science in an exciting and engaging way. A huge thank you to all the teachers and school staff for supporting us and of course to all the children who joined in enthusiastically.

“The children absolutely LOVED it! Science has never been more fun."  
Year 5 class teacher.
Our Artistic Director Daniela Essart was awarded a Develop Your Creative Practice award, to help her further her writing skills for future productions and develop her filmmaking and editing skills for future collaborations. A huge thanks you to Arts Council England. Image by Satya Films.

Thank you!

To the fantastic team of artists, tutors, composer, producer, marketing and PR consultants, riggers and technicians who are a joy to work and collaborate with.
To our amazing board of trustees who has helped us to successfully navigate the challenges over the year.
To our funders for making our performances and participation programmes possible: Arts Council England (ACE) Project Grants, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, AG Manly Charitable Trust, The Portal Trust, The Ogden Trust, The Vintners Foundation, Amourers' & Brasiers Company, John Lyons Charity, The Mayor of London's Young Londoners Fund and National Lottery Community Fund.

And to you! Keep being a part of our journey…
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Scarabeus Aerial Theatre
129 St. John's Way
London, N19 3RQ
United Kingdom