Originally piloted at Chingford Foundation School, Scarabeus led a series of innovative sharing and performance events at the School, at the Lea Valley Festival and at an Olympics Conference at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in London. Using as a starting point issues that were central to this group of 20 young people (knife crime, bullying etc), we facilitated them to devise material combining aerial dance and forum theatre.
The young people used the vehicle of site-specific aerial performance to express their experiences and opinions to their peers and community.
Beyond Flying for me wasn’t just about learning new skills. To me and others this was a unique performance giving a message to the audience that teenagers aren’t stupid and we have our own views and this is our time to express it to them in a hilariously, disturbingly, entertaining way.Robert (Age 16), Chingford Foundation School
The creation of site-specific participatory theatrical experience has a significant ‘wow factor’ and a strong visual presentation of the art of the possible. Our experience with Scarabeus was unequivocally successful and resulted in outstanding process and performance work.Mark Morrall, Head of Chingford Foundation School