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What happens in the winter‌ is an arresting mix of aerial, theatre and dance and treads a delicate path through the minds and bodies of two women who refuse to stop flying.


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What  Happens  In  The  Winter  (  WHITW)   Conceived  by  expert  aerial  choreographer  Vicki  Amedume,  What  Happens  In  The  Winter  is  a  tale  of  two   women  reaching  the  winter  of  their  lives.  Their  stories  unravel  through  a  mix  of  aerial  circus,  text  and   dance.  The  producDon  takes  us  through  their  life  choices  as  physical  arDsts  and  women,  and  how  they   navigate  geEng  older  in  a  career  and  a  culture  which  idolises  youth.  In  the  wake  of  London  2012  where   athleDc  bodies,  strength  and  physical  challenge  were  the  darlings  of  the  naDonal  media  the  piece  takes  a   wry  and  poignant  look  at  what  happens  once  that  strength  and  spotlight  have  faded.   Profoundly  moving  and  engaging,  with  beauDful  aerial  choreography,  WHITW  is  performed  by  Lindsey   Butcher  and  Ann  Dickie  and  is  based  on  their  real  life  stories  of  love,  loss  and  performance.  It  has  been   created  with  acclaimed  theatre  director  Gemma  Fairlie,  and  with  text  by  Sonia  Hughes.   Upswing  is  a  mulD-­‐disciplinary  circus  company  that  uses  circus  in  the  most  theatrical  ways.  Shows  have   explored  old  skool  hip  hop  and  young  love,  through  African  mythology  to  an  Olympic  descent  of  Nelson’s   column.  The  aerial  and  circus  world  of  Upswing  is  poignant,  unpredictable,  and  eloquent.   The  producDon  is  accompanied  by  a  series  of  parDcipatory  sessions  that  invite  older  members  of  the   audience  to  explore  circus  skills  in  workshops.  Upswing  has  always  engaged  with  marginalised  groups   through  circus  skills  and  carried  out  research  for  WHITW  through  a  programme  of  work  in  partnership  with   Entelechy  Arts,  working  with  groups  of  older  people.                        Created  in  associa-on  with  ARC  in  Stockton-­‐on-­‐Tees  and  the  Albany  in  London,  with  the  support  of  the  Hangar  Arts  Trust.  

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Opening  night:  21st  March  2013  –  ARC,  Stockton-­‐on-­‐Tees   22nd  March  -­‐  ARC,  Stockton-­‐on-­‐Tees   8th  April  –  The  Lowry,  Salford  Quays   12th  April,  MAC,  Birmingham   25th  and  26th  April,  The  Albany,  London   30th  April  and  1st  May,  Jacksons  Lane,  London  

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CreaDve  biographies

 

Vicki  Amedume  is  the  arDsDc  Director  of  Upswing  and  a  Movement  Director.     Having  trained  as  an  aerialist  at  The  French  NaDonal  Circus  School  Chalon  en  Champagne  and  at  Circus   Space  London,  Vicki  performed  and  created  tradiDonal  and  contemporary  circus  work  as  well  as  outdoor   performance  and  touring  theatre.  She  founded  Upswing  as  a  vehicle  to  create  cross  art  form  work  that   uses  circus  skills  as  an  expressive  vehicle  and  has  worked  as  an  aerial  consultant  and  director  with  a   number  of  companies  including  The  RSC  (Liale  Eagles),  The  NaDonal  Theatre  of  Scotland  (Peter  Pan)  and   Chichester  FesDval  (Barnum).  

Gemma  Fairlie  is  a  director,  movement  director  and  dramaturg.  Past  direcDng  work  includes  a  criDcally   acclaimed  sell  out  run  of  Hangover  Square  at  the  Finborough,  Eden's  Empire,  a  new  play  at  the  Finborough   Theatre,  Silence  by  Moira  Buffini  (TOP,  Straeord  and  Arcola),  For  Every  Passion  Something  (RSC  Learning   Residency  in  USA)  and  Julius  Caesar  project  for  RSC  Learning  in  Michigan.  Assistant  director  credits  include   the  Royal  Shakespeare  Company's  producDons  of  King  Lear  and  The  Seagull,  directed  by  Trevor  Nunn,   (world  tour  and  sell  out  runs  in  Straeord  and  London),  the  RSC's  Regional  Tour  of  Julius  Caesar  and  The   Two  Gentlemen  of  Verona,  and  Anthony  Neilson's  Realism  for  the  NaDonal  Theatre  of  Scotland  and   Edinburgh  InternaDonal  FesDval.  She  won  the  Gate  Theatre's  direcDng  bursary  in  2004  and  is  an  Associate   PracDDoner  with  the  Royal  Shakespeare  Company's  EducaDon  department.  

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CreaDve  biographies

 

Sonia  Hughes  (Writer)   Sonia  began  her  arDsDc  career  in  1999,  as  a  performance  poet  but  soon  sloped  off  into  the  world  of   theatre  with  her  first  major  show  Weeding  Cane  developed  at  the  Green  Room  and  Royal  Exchange  Studio.   She  has  most  Dmes  wriaen,  a  few  Dmes  directed  (Song  of  Songs)  and  occasionally  performed  in  shows   (and  the  coloured  girls  sing..,  0.0008).  She  has  worked  as  a  writer  with  leading  contemporary  theatre   company,  QuaranDne,  on  their  last  four  theatre    shows  including  the  award  winning  Susan  &  Darren.  Her   work  is  usually  rooted  in  the  reality  of  the  lives  of  the  performers,  non-­‐ficDonal  but  highly  theatrical.   She  is  currently  working  as  writer  and  performer  on  the  new  QuaranDne  show  EnDtled  co  -­‐commissioned   by  the  Royal  Exchange,  Sadlers  Wells  and  The  Curve.   Mika  Handley  (Designer)   Mika  Handley  is  a  BriDsh  theatre  set  and  costume  designer,  based  in  London.   She  studied  Technical  and  ProducDon  Arts  at  the  Royal  ScoEsh  Academy  of  Music  and  Drama,  and   furthered  her  studies  in  theatre  design  on  the  Motley  Theatre  Design  course.   She  was  a  finalist  for  the  Linbury  Biennial  Prize  for  Stage  Design  in  2007,  where  she  was  awarded  the  Royal   Opera  House  prize.   Recent  Design  credits  include:  The  Lialest  Quirky  (Straeord  Circus  &  the  egg:  Bath  Theatre  Royal),  Props  &   Costume  Designs/Makes  for  Guardian  Weekend  Magazine  &  The  Observer  Magazine-­‐  cover  and  feature   pictures,  Kaleidoshow  (The  Old  Market,  Brighton)  Headlands  (Colchester  Mercury  Theatre/Hal  Co.),  Lincoln   Road  2010  (Eastern  Angles  Tour),  A  MidSummer  Nights  Dream  &  The  Comedy  of  Errors  (Blenheim  Palace,   Oxford  School  of  Drama),  50  Ways  to  Leave  Your  Lover  tour  (Bush  Theatre,  Norwich  Playhouse,Oxford   North  Wall,  LaDtude  FesDval),  Associate  Designer  for  Andersen's  English  (Out  of  Joint/Hampstead  Theatre-­‐ UK  Tour)  Assistant  Designer  credits  include:  The  Brothers  Size  (Young  Vic/ATC),  Don  Carlo  (Royal  Opera   House).  In  2008,  designed  for  a  JMK  Directors  Award  proposal  for  Playboy  of  the  West  Indies,  which  won   the  Ian  Ritchie  FoundaDon  Award.  

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Cast  biographies

 

Lindsey  Butcher   Since  graduaDng  from  London  School  of  Contemporary  Dance,  Lindsey  has  worked  with  numerous  dance,  opera,  physical   and  street  theatre  companies  both  in  the  UK  and  internaDonally  as  dancer,  aerialist,  teacher,  choreographer  and  advisor.   These  include;   Extemporary  Dance  Theatre,  Random  Dance  Co  (Brighton  FesDval),  Walker  Dance/Park  Music,  Darshan  Singh  Bhuller,  Charlie   Morrissey  &  Small  Wonder,  Vincent  Dance  Theatre,  The  Royal  Opera,  Royal  Danish  Opera,  English  NaDonal  Opera,   Glyndebourne  Opera,  Slovenia  NaDonal  Opera  and  most  recently  Siobhan  Davies  Dance  Company.   Graeme  Clint  (performer  and  rigger)   Graeme  is  an  accomplished  performance  arDst  with  a  substanDal  body  of  work  as  a  Dancer,  Circus  Performer,  Aerialist,   Rigger,  Choreographer,  Teacher  and  Mentor  for  over  15  years.   Graeme  completed  his  dance  training  at  Middlesex  University  (London)  where  he  gained  a  Degree  in  Dance  Performance.   During  his  Dance  training  Graeme  worked  with  the  highly  acclaimed  dancer/choreographer  Christopher  Bannerman.  He  also   performed  and  co-­‐choreographed  with  a  London  based  Performance  Company  called  ‘White  Monkey  Trip’  including  at  the   ‘ResoluDon’  and  ‘EvoluDon’  seasons  at  ‘ The  Place  Theatre,  London.   Graeme  works  on  many  aerial  performances  as  a  harness  based  aerialist  and  rigger,  with  companies  such  as  ‘Scarabeus’  and   ‘UpSwing  Aerial  Theatre’  to  name  but  a  few.   For  the  last  three  years  Graeme  has  performed  as  a  sDlt  dancer  with  ‘F.I.P.A’  on  their  summer  UK  Tours  of  ‘Nature’s  Icons’   and  ‘Ramayana’   Other  Theatre  credits  include  Sadler  Wells  with  Craos  Mor  –  ‘Gravity,  a  love  story’,   ‘The  Place’  Theatre,  London  in  Genau-­‐‘ResoluDon!’   ‘Peter  Pan’  @  New  Vic  Theatre-­‐Newcastle-­‐under-­‐Lyme   Ann  Dickie   Ann's  career  began  as  a  dancer  in  pantomime  in  the  late  60's  before  joining  Zurich  Ballet  Theatre,  Switzerland  (1969-­‐1972),   and  Tanz  Forum,  Cologne,  Germany  (1972-­‐1977).  Returning  to  England  she  danced  with  (the  then)  Ballet  Rambert  unDl  1980   before  going  on  to  perform  with  ManDs,  Gateway  to  Freedom,  Imminent  Dancers  Group,  and  YB  Dance.  She  was  a  founder   member  of  Second  Stride,  co  founder/director  of  Lurching  Darts  Dance  Company  and  an  independent  dance  arDst.     In  2000  she  founded  From  Here  to  Maturity  Dance  Company  to  create  dance  opportuniDes  for  older  dancers  and  to  counter   ageism  in  the  dance  world.  

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Quotes  

“with  terrific  input  from  aerial  experts,  Upswing,  this  is  one  hell  of  a  ride’   ****  -­‐  Guardian  (on  New  Vic’s  Wicked  Lady)   “Uaerly  spellbinding."  *****  -­‐    News  of  the  World  (on  NaDonal  Theatre  of   Scotland’s  Peter  Pan  on  which  Upswing  was  Movement  Director)   “demonstrate  the  real  possibiliDes  that  emerge  when  circus,  dance  and   theatre  meet  and  meld.”    Guardian  (on  Fallen)   ‘Dance  company  soars  in  uplizing  performance  of  an  inspiraDonal  story’     Manchester  Evening  News  (on  Fallen)  

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For  more  informaDon  please  contact  Camille  Bensoussan:   camille@upswing.org.uk   020  7613  4843  

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