VICKI DELA, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
“I fell in love with Circus because of it’s artistry. I stay in love with circus because it is a space for people to explore human connection – and to see the potential for the extraordinary in other human beings.”
Vicki Dela Amedume initially trained as a research scientist, entering the circus world in 1997. She performed and created aerial and circus based work in the UK and worldwide and has worked across all spheres of circus from traditional touring tented circuses to large-scale outdoor spaces and intimate touring indoor theatre. She founded Upswing to bringing new artists and experiences to the stage and beyond that reflect a dynamic, modern world. Always looking for innovative ways to stretch the art form, Vicki Dela is a dedicated leader in the sector working widely to develop new and emerging artists with guest lecturing at Kings College London, Central School of Speech and Drama, School of Circus and Dance of Stockholm University, The National Centre for Circus Arts and Circomedia, Bristol alongside Upswing’s own innovative Artist Development Programmes including Circus Circus Circus and Circus 50:50 . Vicki Dela is a 2016/17 Clore Fellow, 2019/20 Fellow of The British Council Intersect programme and Chair of the The Baring Foundation Arts Committee.