Daniela Essart, Artistic Director

Daniela is the artistic director and co-founder of Scarabeus Aerial Theatre. Since 1988, she has directed and co-devised all of the company’s production. Daniela graduated in Theatre and Film Studies at Turin University in Italy, and completed an MA in Performing Arts at Middlesex University. She trained in Physical Theatre with Jacques Lecoq, Philippe Gaullier and Monica Pagneux, as well as acrobatics, stilts, aerial techniques, abseiling and yoga.

With Technical Director Søren Nielsen, Daniela has developed a vision for a performance language that fuses aerial dance and stilts choreography with visual theatre with a narrative. She creates site responsive and touring performances, which have an intensely visceral response to space, place and text. Daniela has worked collaboratively with a range of established and up and coming artists from different fields and has collaborated with companies such as Candoco Dance Company, National Youth Theatre, Little Angel Theatre, Srishti Dance Creations and more.

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Søren Nielsen, Executive Director

Søren is the executive director and co-founder of Scarabeus Aerial Theatre, a long established multidisciplinary aerial performance company, and one of the UK leading exponents of site responsive aerial performance in unusual places. Søren started as a performer specializing in stilt dance, acro balance on stilts and aerial techniques such as trapeze and harness (vertical dance).

In the last 10 years Søren’s work for Scarabeus has involved site specific shows rigged in unusual location such as buildings, trees, tall ships, aerial structures and even a disused satellite dish. Søren also works regularly as a rigging consultant, rigger and trainer for other companies including: WacArts, Walk the Plank, Graeae Theatre and Greenwich and Docklands Festivals, The Circus Space, High Performance Rigging, Wildworks and Battersea Arts Centre, The Generating Company, Gravity and Levity, Emergency Exit Arts, and Cirque du Soleil.

Nikki Rummer, Fundraiser

Nikki Rummer provides fundraising support and development management within the voluntary sector.  Over 14 years, she has secured over £5m for revenue and capital projects in the arts, disability, homelessness and domestic and sexual violence sectors.  Her work has led to six-figure gifts from the National Lottery Community Fund, the Department of Health and the Department for Education, as well as trusts and foundations.  When she is not fundraising, Nikki works as a circus artist within Britain’s growing contemporary circus sector with companies including Barely Methodical Troupe and Superfan.  As co-founder of circus collaboration Nikki & JD, she has co-created and performed in awarded winning piece, Knot, and has since been working on solo projects in 2020