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  • Hiring Now: General Manager

    We are seeking an efficient and reliable individual to join the team as General Manager This role comes at an exciting phase of growth for the company, expanding our touring networks across the UK and internationally. At the same time, we’re relocating to Stoke-on-Trent, a city with deep roots in circus history. We’re seeking a …

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  • Call-out for Host (understudy)

    Upswing is looking for a talented and dynamic cover/understudy host for Showdown, a circus theatre production at Chamäleon Theater in Berlin. The Role: We are looking for a cover/understudy who can be available from 22 May to 28 July 2024. We are seeking an engaging individual who can work with a live audience, hosting the ‘gameshow’ at …

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  • A circus artist spins around inside a cyr wheel under a blue stage spotlight

    Circus Artist Call-Out

    Upswing is seeking experienced artists for future show cover in the following main disciplines: Cyr WheelSingle point aerial disciplines (i.e. straps, dance trapeze, aerial pole)TeeterboardBanquine We are looking for several artists to cover various tracks so please respond if you are highly skilled in one of the disciplines above and have experience working as a …

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  • A big group of people throw their hands up in dance wearing brightly coloured carnival costumes - led by charlene low our workshop leader

    Meet our workshop leader

    For the last two decades, Charlene Low has been on a mission to spread the joy of moving to music. As a choreographer, facilitator, and director, she focuses on making movement accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities, young people, families and older people at different stages of dementia. In her work, Charlene pushes herself …

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  • Athena and Showdown

    Writer and stand-up comedian Athena Kugblenu is penning the script for Showdown – Upswing’s new project in development. Athena is one of those rare souls that can make you gasp, laugh out loud, and think about something on a deeper level – all at the same time. Her trademark style of storytelling involves artfully creating tension …

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  • Afrikan Boy and Showdown

    Introducing Shola Ajose AKA Afrikan Boy – Grime artist, lyricist and collaborator on Showdown, our newest project. From Grime to Afrobeat, Hip-Hop to Spoken Word, Afrikan Boy’s music shifts genres effortlessly. Bass heavy sounds of urban London, rhythmic Nigerian beats and playful, political lyrics make for a sound that is undeniably Afrikan Boy. Showdown is Upswing’s …

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  • A new programme with New Vic

    This year we’ll be bringing circus home with our old friends at New Vic Theatre Our partnership with New Vic has been going strong for over 14 years. We first collaborated in 2009 on Bryony Lavery’s The Wicked Lady, and went on to create Astley’s Astounding Adventures together, as well as other projects. Based in …

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  • Vicki Dela Awarded MBE

    Upswing’s Artistic Director Vicki Dela Amedume has been recognised for her services to circus with an MBE in the Jubilee Honours List 2022. ”This award feels more like a recognition of the circus sector and its value to society than of my work alone. Circus is able to connect and empower people in extraordinary ways, and we’ve seen …

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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. It can be easy to feel disconnected from nature when we live in a big city, yet there are small and mighty pockets always around us; whether it be grass springing from a cracked pavement, a tall tree …

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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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  • 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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  • A group of people in different costumes stand holding hands on a dark stage.

    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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  • A series of images showing artists, performances, zoom meetings and the team.

    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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  • A caucasian female in her sixties and a black male in his twenties stand outside

    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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  • 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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