Flying Mothers of Archway

For their Hostings commission Scarabeus worked with a group of mothers from Archway Childrens' Centre to make an aerial performance. During weekly workshops the mothers, all from different corners of the world, explored their feelings about landing in Archway and about being a mother. Over four months the mothers went from being aerial novices to public performers, progressing from feelings of instability generated by dangling in the air, to developing a collaborative confidence for testing, talking and production. In a little known sky lit loft on an Archway backstreet they left the ground enveloped in stretchy fabric harnesses to perform a delicate aerial choreography.