About Us


“For me as a black artist and maker, one of the most pressing problems we have is to see beyond the surface. Circus creates a democratic space to explore the extraordinary qualities that bind not divide us.”
Vicki Amedume, Artistic Director

Upswing is a leading contemporary circus company with a vision for a more connected future.

Our productions weave aerial, theatre, dance, text and multimedia to create fresh experiences with narrative punch. We are an award-winning company and committed to creating world-class experiences, but our dream goes further than this.

We believe society can be improved by closer physical and emotional connection. Our productions and creative engagement programs unite people from different backgrounds – audiences, artists and participants all come together to discover new narratives that create diverse and powerful temporary communities.

It is circus’s unique combination of risk-taking, trust and collaboration that reveals our potential to achieve the extraordinary together. We harness this broad appeal: fearless, precarious and uncompromising, contemporary circus is an art form like no other. We believe it has the power to impact real change and create space for people to see the incredible potential in themselves and others.

Upswing is a registered charity. We are a National Portfolio Organisation receiving support from Arts Council England.