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 that challenges assumptions about age, race and gender – It asks who is allowed to be vulnerable, and who do we see as strong?
Read more about Catch Me here.


Because of the context of the piece, we are specifying ethnic/racial/gender/age identities for these two roles.

Performer 1:
– Male-identifying
– A dancer or acrobat with a strong presence and partnering skills
– Background or training in dance or circus
– Playing age of 30 or under
– Ethnically diverse and we particularly encourage applications from performers of Black African or Black Caribbean diaspora/heritage.

Performer 2:
– Female-identifying
– A dancer
– Playing age of 50 and over
– Caucasian
– Experience of partner/contact work is an advantage but is not essential.

Show/Touring Details

Upswing uses circus to tell new stories in extraordinary ways — amplifying and celebrating the skills, creative talents and stories of diverse artists and communities. When COVID-19 interrupted our return tour of Catch Me festival performances in 2020, we re-created the piece in a ‘socially-distanced’ manner for a few special performances last year. This re-created version ensures social distancing and COVID-19 safety for our performing artists and crew while remaining truthful to the original ideas of the piece.

We are looking to set a second cast for this socially distanced version to tour in Summer 2021. Applicants will need to be available for all the rehearsal/performance dates (below). While there will be less flexibility in this process as the production must remain the same for both casts, Upswing very much wants to work with performers who are happy to experiment and muck in where needed. We value the people that we work with and aim to create a challenging yet fun working environment.

Expected Rehearsal Dates (5 days total)

Wednesday – Friday 30 June – 2 July 2021
Monday – Tuesday 5-6 July 2021

Proposed Performance dates (including possible travel days)to be confirmed at contract

8-11th of July 2021 (possible travel on 12 July)
16th -17th July 2021
23rd – 25th of July 2021
27th to 29th of August 2021
4-5 September 2021
10-11th September 2021
17th to 19th of September 2021

Applicants must have availability for ALL the above dates. In addition, please indicate additional non/available dates for June – September as we may add more performing dates.

Performers will be paid at ITC/Equity rates. This is a London-based production; travel, accommodation, per diems to be covered for performances outside London.  We welcome applications from those outside London or outside the UK (non-UK based performers must have the right to work in the UK), but we are unable to cover audition/rehearsal expenses for artists coming from outside London or overseas.

How to apply

To apply please send a headshot, video links of your work and a CV or performance/work history to with “Catch Me Casting 2021” in the subject line.

– Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday the 14th of May 2021.
– Shortlisted applicants will be notified by Tuesday the 18th of May.
– Auditions will be on the 20th of May in Deptford, London between 9 AM and 5PM. Recall will be on the 21st of May at the same venue.

If you have any questions, please email

If you are experiencing any access concerns or issues, please email us we will be able to discuss this further.

We look forward to hearing from you, thank you for taking the time to apply.