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    Kickstart Scheme jobs

    Upswing is recruiting for two roles, available through the UK Government Kickstart Scheme initiative. The scheme provides unemployed young people who are in receipt of Universal Credit, the opportunity to gain paid work for 25 hours a week over 6 months. To apply for either of these roles you must be aged 16-24 and in receipt […]

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  • Join Upswing’s Board of Trustees

    We are looking for people with passion, energy and commitment to join our Board. We would particularly welcome expressions of interest from people with knowledge and experience in: Chairing a Board of TrusteesHealth & Safety, Event and/or Theatre OperationsDigital Strategy – helping us plan how our digital work can be distributed and distilled effectivelyFundraising – […]

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    Call out for performers

    Upswing, an award-winning contemporary circus company, is looking for three brilliant performers for an extended R&D for a new creation.  About the project Falling together is a new circus theatre project combining circus and stand-up comedy to explore the politics of power and the complexity of identity. It has been conceived by Circus Director Vicki […]

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  • A man lies on his back in a puddle of mud and smiles

    SEASONS Digital launch

    Embark on a joyful exploration of nature with SEASONS Digital – our brand new free activity hub. Launching Monday 8th November at midday (GMT) Seasons Digital is live!  Click here to access It can be easy to feel disconnected from nature when we live in a big city, yet there are small and mighty pockets […]

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  • Meet our Seasons Cast

    Welcoming our brand new Seasons cast: Introducing Sian and Helena, who are joining Upswing to explore our changing relationship with nature and the world around us. Seasons will work across the live and digital space, and Sian and Helena will be touring live shows across libraries with us this summer. Read more on that here, […]

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    Big Village – Digital

    A new commission for Upswing and the UK/Australia Season with British Council Australia. A curated conversation: Sharing the Past – Developing the Future Supporting the development of global majority artists and companies, Big Village – Digital will profile and celebrate those that work outside the unspoken cultural values that prioritise the canon of ‘literary theatre’ and […]

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  • Catch Me’s New Cast

    Welcoming our brand new cast for Catch Me: Introducing Rachel and Alecsander, who are joining Upswing to discover joy, risk and unexpected connections in our poignant duet. Catch Me is an intimate and surprising take on age, race and gender – read more on it here or meet the cast below! Alecsander Nilsson Alecsander started […]

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    Spotlight On…

    Showcasing and celebrating the incredible freelance artists that Upswing has worked with: Discover what they’ve been up to and learn more about how you can get involved with their work here… Joana Dias Joana has collaborated with Upswing on many projects over the years – such as starring in our Bedtime Stories show and taking […]

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    Seasons Casting Call

    Upswing is looking for two brilliant circus performers for a new production for children and families – directed by Vicki Amedume. Seasons will be a brand new, small scale production touring libraries and outdoor spaces across the UK in 2021 and beyond.    Seasons will deal thematically with the relationship between humans and nature. We will use natural materials, wood, soil and stone to explore balance and imbalance and the fragility of the […]

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  • A white man stands smiling holding a ladder on stage with people around him

    Call Out For Crew

    Call Out For Freelance Stage Managers Upswing is one of the UK’s leading contemporary circus companies. We use circus to tell stories in extraordinary ways – amplifying and celebrating the skills, creative talents and stories of diverse artists and communities. We make performances and participatory experiences that connect people in unexpected ways. We are currently […]

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    Call Out For Performers

    We are an award-winning contemporary circus company looking for two performers to create a second cast for Catch Me – our outdoor touring, dance/acro-balance production. Expected working days are between June and September 2021 (see dates below). About Catch Me Originally created and toured in 2019, Catch Me is a 15-minute duet for outdoor spaces […]

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    Our 2020 Round Up

    Hello Friends, Wow, what a rollercoaster of a year this has been. We’ve endured 2020’s challenges with you all and have never before felt so connected to our community and our sector. This – among some other key activities – has truly been the highlight of our year. As we reflect on the challenges and […]

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    Catch Me live at GDIF

    We are so excited to let you know that we will be performing a NEW re-worked version of our 2019 show Catch Me, outdoors, live and in-person at Greenwich + Docklands Festival (GDIF) in London on Saturday 5th September. A few months ago we couldn’t envisage how we’d ever be able to create a show – let […]

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  • A female aerialist hangs from an aerial hoop in a black room

    Black Lives Matter

    Black Lives Matter – A Statement from Upswing Friday 19th June 2020 These have been challenging weeks since our last newsletter. Already reeling from the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on our communities and on our creative world, we have been wracked by the flood of raw pain and emotion being expressed through the […]

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    Isolation Self-Care

    Our team members are regularly finding support and assistance available for our mental health and well-being from various sources. Scroll down for links to advice, inspiration, useful articles and important support contacts. Be sure to keep an eye on this page as we come across and share more.  Headspace Covid-19  – Headspace is a mindfulness […]

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  • Two performers stand on a high chair. They hold each other's arms and balance, leaning backwards. A cityscape is behind them.

    Support Surgeries

    We’re here to help We are a small team, but we have a broad range of skills and knowledge that might be of help if you’re finding it hard to see a pathway forward in this difficult time. We’re currently offering free 45 minute 1-2-1 ‘Support Surgeries’ to freelance Circus artists, producers and creatives, and […]

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