Consultancy and Co-labs

CONSULTANCY AND COLLABORATION

At Upswing we are passionate about helping other companies use circus to tell their stories. Our shows often cross boundaries with theatre, music, film and dance, and collaboration with artists from these sectors makes that possible.

From individual training to full stage direction to equipment design, Upswing has a wealth of experience in bringing circus elements alive in a safe and professional manner.

We can support your production with technical advice, bespoke rigging, casting, training, providing artists and creating acts, or add a skilled circus consultant, choreographer or movement director to your creative team.

To find out how you can get involved, contact camille@upswing.org.uk


CURRENT PROJECTS

Flight Paths works with Extant, award-winning British East Asian theatre company Yellow Earth and writer Glen Neath to explore how aerial movement, music and narrative interact to produce accessible live performance.

Inspired by blind itinerant performers called Biwa Hoshi from medieval Japan, Flight Paths showcases the incredible skills of four visually impaired artists as they explore stories of migration to the UK, both physically and verbally.

“The politics of access are woven into the bones of the work. This beautiful and complicated process is a reminder that artistic practice can, in small and delicate ways, serve to effect vital social change.”
Vicki Amedume


Royal and Derngate and Kenny Wax Productions
Worst Witch: Circus Direction

“…A superb aerial sequence has Maud and Mildred dangling from trapeze-like broomsticks and clinging to a hula-hoop moon” The Guardian

“..There are many stand out scenes to look forward to, for example the acrobatic scene with flying brooms and trapeze hoops” Onstage Northants

“…There is no greater example than the spectacular, funny and downright brilliant scene in which Mildred and Maud find themselves high above the stage battling to stay on their brooms.” The Northants Telegraph


PREVIOUS PROJECTS

Cameron Mackintosh Productions and Chichester Festival Theatre
Barnum: Circus Consultation

“Gordon Greenberg’s striking production transforms the small Menier Chocolate Factory theatre into a big top and circus ring…you should want to roll up, roll up to Barnum.” The Independent

“The singers and dancers fill the arena with constant, teeming life and close-up feats of acrobatic wonder.”  What’s On Stage


New Vic Theatre

“Upswing taught us to fly. In a theatre in the round, that’s no mean feat. And when your heart’s in your mouth due to the dangerous things you’re asking people to do, there’s no one better to have by your side than a calm, open-minded, thoughtful collaborator who knows exactly how to bring your wild vision to life.” Theresa Heskins, Artistic Director, New Vic Theatre

Astley’s Astounding Adventures: Co-Direction, actor training, choreography and direction of circus sequences

Dracula: Aerial design and choreography

“For the third time in her tenure at the New Vic, Theresa Heskins has brought in aerial company Upswing to lift a show to new heights…For Dracula, aerial director Vicki Amedume produces some stunning sequences” British Theatre Guide

Peter Pan: Aerial design, actor training and aerial choreography

“It’s heart-in-the-mouth stuff as they fly above the stage. With imaginative staging and an innovative approach to the story, this is a class production.” The Stage

“The overhead action is so visually outstanding that it’s worth the price of admission on its own.” The British Theatre Guide

Wicked Lady: Aerial design and direction

“Equating sex, riding, freedom and flying, with terrific input from aerial experts, Upswing, this is one hell of a sexy ride taken at a real gallop.” The Guardian

Royal Exchange Theatre

“It has been an absolute pleasure, and thank you for all your help, advice and support. The flying sequences have come together really efficiently and very effectively…we have learned a lot from you to take forward.” Keith Broom, Technical Manager, Royal Exchange Theatre

Orlando: Aerial design and choreography

“The evening turns Woolf’s fiction-softened argument into air that fills your lungs, becoming a magnificent celebration of transcending as well as trans-gending.” The Telegraph

Into The Woods: Aerial consultation

The Royal Shakespeare Company

Little Eagles: Aerial consultation

“The sight of a Sputnik model rotating like a silver ball and an aerially suspended Gagarin spinning through the cosmos is exhilarating.” The Guardian