A group of children sit together. One balances a dried plant in their hand and smiles as it touches their face.

Seasons is a unique creative programme exploring our changing relationship with nature and the world immediately around us; using music, visual design and circus.

Working across the live and digital space, Upswing will create performances that ignite the imaginations of young audiences and help us to look at the world from a different perspective.

During 2020, Upswing have been resident in Brent Libraries, working in collaboration with schools and families thinking about their local environments and ecosystems. Those participating in the residencies have worked with professional artists to contribute ideas and inspiration to the development of three new productions – a new live performance for libraries; a new show for theatres and an online experience for children and young people that delves deeper into the topics that underpin the live performances.

Online Experience // Spring 2021 Brent

A digital participatory project for families. Working with a local spoken word artist and composer, we will produce an interactive audio trail connecting audiences to the environment and surroundings on a walk to their local library. The piece will have additional downloadable circus videos.

We will also create a learning resource pack for teachers and local educators to go alongside the digital work to inspire and create their own responses.

A woman balances her feet on an aerial rope, holding herself off the sandy ground.Live Experience for Libraries // Summer 2021

A touring piece that can adapt to each library setting and create a unique experience for the space.

We will work alongside the team at the Libraries to create a resource pack for artists creating new work for and in libraries – sharing our experiences.

Touring Theatre Production // 2022 and beyond

A new touring theatre production for children and families. Seasons considers where time and nature meet in a rapidly-changing environment creating a circus show like no other – taking us on a fantastical journey through weather, time, change and balance.

Seasons is funded by John Lyons Charity, the London Community Foundation and Brent London Borough of Culture 2020: