Using aerial skills and choreographed movement to explore gender identity, Emerging is the latest production from pioneering company Scarabeus Aerial Theatre.
The show premieres at The Lowry, Salford (October 7-8) before a nationwide UK tour ending at the London International Mime Festival in 2023.
Co-commissioned by The Lowry and LIMF, the show concerns the relationship between transgender son Naissa and his mother Daniela through a complex, life-changing process.
Artistic director and performer Daniela Essart said: “With Emerging we want to tell our story and also give voice to others navigating similar journeys – and to let them know they aren't alone. We want to highlight the nuances, fragility and ferocity in their journey."
The production highlights a parent’s desire to support her child through their transition, while balancing the fear of irreversible changes, as well as being a universal story about parent-child relationships.
Founded in 1988, London-based Scarabeus has produced pioneering outdoor and indoor performances that fuse aerial skills, visual theatre and choreographed movement.
Steve Cowton, head of theatres at The Lowry, said: “The Lowry is very proud to have co-commissioned this significant new show. We've worked with Scarabeus Aerial Theatre before and they make incredibly exciting contemporary circus shows.
The show contains themes of gender diversity and a recommended minimum age for audience members is 12.
There will also be a live-streamed performance on October 8 at 8pm