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. We use the human body as an expressive tool to entertain, inspire curiosity and ignite a desire to build connection.

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Circus is an art form like no other, its broad appeal alongside its unique combination of risk-taking, trust and collaboration creates a space for everyone to see the incredible possibilities in themselves and others.

Our productions blend this amazing art form with physical theatre, acrobatics, memorable music and multimedia to create fresh experiences with narrative punch. We are an award- winning company and committed to creating unexpected and world-class experiences for the audiences we meet.

We are passionate about expanding the possibilities of circus not only as an art form but as an evolving and adaptive set of practices that can help us imagine and shape the world we want to live in.

Through our productions and creative engagement programs, we aim to unite people from different backgrounds – audiences, artists and participants all come together to uncover the extraordinary potential in humans and create the new stories that can connect us as communities.

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