Fusing skillful aerial work with acrobatics, dance, theatre and multimedia to tell new stories and create powerful collective experiences.

Never content with the ordinary, Upswing have spent fifteen years creating non-traditional experiences that bring people together through circus, and we’ve inhabited some very unusual spaces along the way.

A performer swings on a trapeze high above a stage

We have toured theatres and festivals with Bedtime Stories, Catch Me and Circus Flavours, but you may also see an Upswing piece realised as a digital circus trail in a local park or a pillowfight in a library.

We’ve taken adults in care homes on a journey through zero-gravity ‘space travel’ and featured Global Majority artists on screen in our award-winning film.

Through all of our work we seek to create experiences that are truly communal, interactive and allow the worlds we build to meet the audiences that inspire them

With co-commissioners and producers including Stratford Circus, National Theatre, Roundhouse, Channel 4 and Hull UK City of Culture, Upswing have created an electrifying portfolio of work that regularly tours nationally and internationally.

Committed to the belief that great circus is about connecting people, Upswing’s performances never fail to create a powerful sense of community, even if it’s just for a night.


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