2021 - 2022

EMERGING centres on the relationship between a trans-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.


Combining dance, aerial skills and excerpts from letters written to each other, they 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 a universal story about a parent-child relationship, coming of age and independence. It’s an intimate experience of the power of creativity to facilitate profound change.

“Our transitions together have been for different lengths, different 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”. 

Emerging is created in consultation with young gender diverse and trans young people and their parents/carers.

Scarabeus Slideshow.mov from Scarabeus Aerial Theatre on Vimeo.

Images and video by Sky Neal, slideshow by Henri T.