How did you get involved in this very unusual form of theatre?
I was born in Turin in Italy, at the foot of the mountains. It was second nature to me to go climbing, so by the time I was an early teenager, I had done a lot of mountaineering. Mountains are in my blood; when I first visited Denmark, the lack of mountains really bothered me – in Turin every time you look along a street you can see the Alps in the background.
At university I studied film and theatre and was lucky enough to receive some of my training from students of Jacques Lecoq, one of the leading exponents of physical theatre - using the body rather than words to express ideas.
Later I was chosen to participate in some Europe-wide theatre projects and I ended up in London because it offered the best opportunities to study circus skills. I was drawn to aerialism, particularly trapeze work, because of means of expression it offers.
In 1988 I met my partner Søren Neilsen, the other artistic director of Scarabeus, at a physical theatre convention.
Why did you choose to settle in Archway?
Because of our daughter. I first got to know the area when I started coming to the pregnancy yoga classes at the Active Birth Centre. Then, once she was born we found that there was a fantastic facility here, the Archway Children's Centre. Nasso Christou, who leads it, is a visionary. I went to visit the centre and, when they learned of my work, we started to collaborate.
And how would you describe the work of Scarabeus?
Although we are best known for our highly individual, site specific, performances (such as the one on Archway Tower in October) at the heart of our work is engagement with children, young people and families. For example, Airborne Families is a project we've taken to twenty Islington schools, helping families to bond through unusual and fun activities - aerial dance, physical theatre and yoga.The next joint project between Scarabeus and the Archway Children's Centre will be Into the Woods which will explore a local woodland through physical interaction. There will be two locations, Hargrave Park School - where flying skills will be taught - and Highgate Woods. We'll be creating dens and giant spiderwebs as a way of exploring the woods.
Details of Into The Woods will be published in March (and will feature on this website)