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Catch Me

2021: An interview with UPSWING

We are so excited to be welcoming Upswing to bOing! Festival 2021 with their brand new show Catch Me.

We caught up with the company to find out more about the event ahead of the festival…

How did Upswing begin?

“Upswing is a contemporary circus company that was formed to tell new stories in extraordinary ways. We exist to unite people from different backgrounds, uncover the extraordinary potential in humans and explore the ideas and stories that can connect us as communities. Upswing’s Artistic Director Vicki Amedume founded the company so that diverse artists and stories had a space to grow.”

Tell us about Catch Me

“Catch Me explores ageing, race and gender in ways that are as playful as they are profound. It is a poignant duet between an older woman and a younger man. Follow them as they discover the possible dynamics of joy, vulnerability and risk that could exist between them. Catch Me asks how we see each other and who we value.”

What can families expect?

“Join Upswing for a poetic mix of dance, circus and acrobatics, performed in public spaces for all ages. Part-installation, Part-performance, Catch Me follows an an older woman and a younger man as they move together through a landscape of abandoned chairs. This 20-minute performance uses sound, set design and storytelling to encourage you to ask: Who is of value? Who is capable of what? Who cares for whom? And how do we see each other?”

What does it mean to you to come to bOing! ?

“bOing! connects the dots between everything that we love at Upswing – fresh performances and creative activities that bring communities together in a public space that’s accessible to all. This year’s festival is going to be a culmination of all of these things – and that alongside such a long period of time away from these experiences means it’s going to be an extra special one! We can’t wait!”

Why do you think access to the art by children and young people is so important?

“Access to the arts by children and young people is so important because it can influence real, positive change for everyone involved. It allows young people to imagine and shape the world they want to live in and, with all arts but especially circus, it enables them to see beyond any self-perceived limitations. Access to arts helps young people to tell new stories about themselves in ways they didn’t know were possible, share them and witness others discovering theirs too. It encourages the next generation of thought-leaders, as one of our 8-year old workshop participants said: “I learnt you can do anything if you try”. “

Also in summary, please describe your performance in 5 words?

“(A) Duet exploring age, race (and) gender.”

Click here to find out more about the show.