EMERGING centres on the relationship between a trans-son, who has experienced gender dysphoria 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, N and D 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.

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

“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”. N

“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”. D

Photography & Slide Show by  Henri T

We are currently in the process of creating Emerging as an immersive piece and would be very interested in hearing from programmers, producers and venues who’d like to join us on this journey. Please contact us if you’d like to be involved.

As part of Emerging, we are working closely with Gendered Intelligence and Mermaids engaging young people in aerial workshops ‘Flying Free’ – offering young people a safe space to experience aerial skills for the first time, with other gender diverse young people.

Emerging teaser funded by Arts Council England & Paul Hamlyn Foundation 

Research & Development April 2021, funded by Arts Council England. Supported by the National Centre for Circus Arts