About Us


An elderly white woman with short grey hair is holding onto two aerial ropes.

Upswing is a leading contemporary circus company, whose productions and creative engagement programmes use circus to unite people from different backgrounds, uncover the extraordinary potential in humans and explore the ideas and stories that can connect us as communities.  

Circus is a tool 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.

We exist to expand 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.

An older woman is flung into the air by a younger man in at outdoor performance space. They both smile

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.

“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 Dela Amedume, Upswing’s Artistic Director

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