29 Jul 2023

Scarabeus Aerial Theatre

 

Summer is upon us and we're enjoying the long days, the pale sunshine and the riot of colours and scents exploding everywhere!

We've managed to conjure, dream and bring to fruition a number of projects that we'd love to share with you.
Image by Henri T
TAKE FLIGHT IS BACK!
We're thrilled to announce Take Flight will be back in action from this Summer. Missed out last time? Then sign up to our August taster sessions here with the full programme starting in the Autumn. Take Flight is our FREE inclusive aerial training programme for ages 13-25, supporting young people with their physical and mental health while learning new skills. 
SONGBIRD
We have just released our eagerly anticipated short film, a journey from dark to light, from feeling alone to belonging somewhere. Created and performed by Take Flight participants, directed by Sebastian Whyte, Whispering Rebel
Songbird is supported by the Media Trust and funded by John Lyons Charity.
stitching communal needlework with vertical dance
We are so excited to be working on an aerial dance theatre collaboration between Quilt ClubGravity & Levity, Scarabeus and local community. Our recent R&D was on a jaw-dropping triptych patchwork quilt, created by The Quilt Club. The next stage will be to wrap a building or fa├žade with a huge patchwork quilt, which a team of aerialists will animate. Keep an eye on our socials for updates! 
We've learnt so much working with Grafton Primary School on our new experiential participation programme, Shifting Point. Run in collaboration with Tender, Shifting Point was delivered across 6-weeks, helping Year 5 students better understand Healthy Relationships and giving teachers the resources and confidence to teach using an arts-based approach. We're looking forward to continuing the pilot programme in Shortstown School, Bedford, this Autumn.
 
'Creating an environment where the children feel safe and comfortable is paramount to children participation and their opening up, and that is exactly what happened.' 
- Grafton teacher
PROGRAMME UPDATES
We've visited schools across London this year with our Flying into Physics and Flying Families programmes, it's been wonderful to work with a number of new schools - bringing aerial to a whole new generation! We can't wait to get back to it in the Autumn term with Argyle Primary School, Samuel Rhodes Primary School and Hungerford Primary School. Plus keep an eye out for a new participation programme coming soon!
NEW ADDITIONS TO THE TEAM
We would like to give a huge welcome to our newest members to the Scarabeus core team, the team that makes it all happen! Multitalented Amy Nicholls, our new Programme Manager, is a contemporary circus producer, fundraiser and co-director of Lavrak Circus. Equally multitalented Lauren Carter, senior tutor in Flying Families, Flying into Physics and Shifting Point is our new Programme Assistant.
Thank you to our funders for making our performances, films and participation programmes possible: Arts Council England (ACE), The Foyle Foundation,
Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, NCEL Winter Pressure Fund, Cloudesley, City Bridge Trust, BBC Children in Need, The Armourers and Brasiers Gauntlet Trust, The Portal Trust, Media Trust, John Lyon's Charity and National Lottery Community Fund and Awards for All Fund.
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