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 Dela Amedume, Upswing’s Artistic Director

Upswing is a UK-based, multi-award-winning contemporary circus company that exists to entertain, inspire curiosity, share urgent ideas and tell new stories in extraordinary ways.

an acrobat balances on someone's shoulders while a family audience watches.

Our 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.

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