Emerging centres on the relationship between Naissa, who has experienced gender dysphoria for as long as he can remember, and his mother, Daniela, as they embark on a journey into the unknown.

Combining dance, aerial skills and excerpts from letters written to each other, Naissa and Daniela harness their art to better understand both themselves and each other, as they navigate their relationship and a 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.


“Ever since I can remember gender has always
been something constantly clouding my mind.
When I was younger it was less of an issue
because I passed as a boy. Whenever I’d be
referred to as a daughter it made me want to
explode, like I had lost and someone had
reminded me who I was supposed to be”.

“Will you 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”.

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 have worked closely with Gendered Intelligence and Mermaids, engaging young people in aerial workshops ‘Flying Free’ – offering young people a safe space to try out aerial skills for the first time, be with other young people who are like them and bring families together.

Research & Development April 2021, funded by Arts Council England

Supported by  National Centre for Circus Arts.