Join the Dots

A space for circus, theatre and performance companies to gather feedback on a recent piece of work

Upswing created Join The Dots so that artists and companies could evaluate their creative practice with others. It was developed with the underlying principles that:

– Self-evaluation is at the core of improvement
– Rigorous and constructive feedback by peers is mutually beneficial
– As artists, makers, producers and programmers, we are all striving for continuous quality improvements

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What is the process of Join the Dots?

A group of collaborators, partners and critical friends come together to provide feedback on a recent piece of the companies work. The process is led by someone who has not seen the piece of work and who impartially guides the discussion. The panel are asked to consider three aspects of this recent work, providing a range of viewpoints and discussing its place within the wider circus, theatre and performance space. Join The Dots can help you to ‘zoom out’, push the boundaries of your artform and enhance the quality of your work.


The process was designed by Upswing in 2014 as a collaborative approach to gathering feedback on a recent piece of work. The Join the Dots Framework has now been adapted to work with outside companies and artists, with considerable freedom to implement and develop a bespoke model that best fits the priorities and needs of any artist or company.

Read Lyn Gardner’s article about Join the Dots on The Stage

To meet with the Upswing team and discuss how you can book Join the Dots to support your artistic evaluation, please contact: info@upswing.org.uk