About us

Dancer hanging from a suspended silk in a forest
Scarabeus is an arts charity based in Islington which has pioneered the use of site-specific aerial theatre performance across the UK and internationally for over two decades.

Established in 1988 by husband and wife Soren Nielsen and Daniela Essart, Scarabeus’ vision has grown with its founders. Our work with the local community has always been at the core of our artistic vision, but having our own child in 1999 prompted us to think even more deeply about young people and making a difference at the grassroots (or in the air!).

We believe in the power of culture and creativity to transform the lives of children, young people and families. We believe in early intervention, and that disadvantaged children and families should be offered high quality, empowering opportunities that might be difficult for them to access otherwise. Using structured programmes combining aerial skills, physical theatre and yoga, we help building self-confidence and aspirations in a supported environment, which improves their chances in life.
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