Dec 21: SOLSTICE!, Studio 12, 2525 Eighth Street, Berkeley
“Solstice!” is an East Bay favorite holiday alternative since 2005. Produced every other year, this is the 7th production. “Solstice!” celebrates the longest night of the year with music and dance by some of the Bay Area’s finest performers. This year enter into a winter’s night, complete with dancing stars, a moon goddess and snowbirds. Aerialists performing in this show are UpSwing Company members Kirstin Brown, Helen Fitanides, Alissa Kaplan Soto, Helium Valentine and the Teens Who Fly. Experience the tour de force music of Mark Vickness’ intricate, layered guitars and David Worm’s soaring, blues-inflected vocals (Glass House), Amar Singh Khalsa’s magical flute, Sahib Amar Kaur Khalsa’s deeply moving viola and Dan Cantrell’s virtuosic abilities on the accordion and musical saw. Critic's Choice in Dec 2017 issue of The East Bay Monthly
SEPT 28: FUNDRAISER & SITE SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE AT CLASSIC CARS WEST, 411 26th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Join UpSwing from 5–7 PM for the cocktail hour. Enjoy delicious comfort food by Hella Vegan Eats and an outside beer garden featuring craft beer on tap, photo booth, an art exhibition and amazing classic cars along add on the music of Dave Worm and the aerial dance of UpSwing and you have a cocktail hour like no other. This is sure to be a night to expand the senses. UpSwing will host a fundraising raffle of gift certificates from Bay Area vegan restaurants during this 5-7 PM cocktail hour. Dave Worm and Mark Vickness of Glass House will perform music at 5:30 PM. UpSwing’s aerial performance begins at 6 PM.
JUNE 14: IMPROV NIGHT at Studio 12, 2525 Eighth Street, Berkeley, CA 7-9PM FREE Bring a dish to share at the Pot Luck dinner afterwards
7th Annual show of UpSwing Aerial Dancers working alongside with OneVoice Circle Singers and Bay Area musicians to create a show in the moment in front of the audience.
APRIL 26: OPEN REHEARSAL & RECEPTION AT Studio 12, 2525 Eighth Street, Berkeley, CA 8:30-9:30PM FREE UpSwing Company shares insights and performances of newest work in this intimate studio showing.
APRIL 20: 25 POINTS OF VIEW: A PEEK INTO DANCE-MAKING at 605 Addison St, Berkeley, CA An exciting day of dance and creative process featuring 25 local choreographers in celebration of Luna Dance Institute's 25th anniversary, offering a peek into dance-making and the fundamental value of creativity. more details to follow..
MARCH 18: "POP UP" PERFORMANCE UpSwing's Teens Who Fly perform at Luna Dance Institute's Silver Jubilee Dance Party, March 18th, 8-11pm at the David Brower Center, Berkeley. Seniors Moriah Godes and UpSwing Company dancer, Helen Fitanides, dance in 2 original aerial pieces during the "pop up" performances between 8-10 PM. For tickets go here
DEC 9: 2ND FRIDAY NIGHT ART PARTY AT THE SAWTOOTH..UPSWING SITE SPECIFIC IN THE GRAND HALL It's winter, enter an atmospheric world. 7-8 PM performance by UpSwing Company in the Grand Hall at the historic Sawtooth Building, 2525 Eighth Street. Art ~ Music ~ Aerial Dance ~ Live Music ~ Mingle ~ Explore the Sawtooth Building on the 2nd Friday evening of the month as artist open their doors and share their work. FREE event
NOV 4: COCKTAILS, AERIAL DANCE & KILLER VIEWS Assemble restaurant & UpSwing Aerial Dance Company team up for a magical night, Friday Nov. 4th, 2016 from 4:30-7 PM. Located at 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond, CA 94804, is a unique setting with beautiful and inclusive views of the entire Bay Area. Upswing will perform newest work in progress and offering an opportunity for you to hear what inspired the dance. Friday Nov 4th, experience the sweeping vistas that extend from the East Bay Hills to the city of San Francisco as we assemble for this one of a kind special benefit for Upswing. The Richmond shipyards take us to the land’s end. Cocktails, small bites, sunset views over the water give a perfect setting for UpSwing’s "Teardrops".
AUGUST 19-21: SAN FRANCISCO AERIAL ARTS FESTIVAL UpSwing Company performs in the San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival, Bay Area’s premiere aerial arts event, featuring internationally recognized aerial artists and exciting new artists breaking into the field. Performance is at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture’s Gallery 308 on August 19 and 20, 2016. Produced by Zaccho Dance Theatre, this biennial festival brings together spectacle, daring athleticism and poetry to create a dynamic three day performance event.
AUGUST 17: IMPROV NIGHT 7-8 PM - POT LUCK AFTER6th Annual show of UpSwing Aerial Dancers working alongside with OneVoice Circle Singers and Bay Area musicians to create a show in the moment in front of the audience. UpSwing Company & students improvise together with One Voice Circle Singers and musicians Dan Cantrell & Gary Muzinski. FREE EVENT, BRING A DISH TO SHARE
APRIL 24: FREE PERFORMANCE AS PART OF "DANCE-A-RAMA" 4-5 PM @ STUDIO 12 UpSwing Company and students perform in "Dance-A-Rama" as part of a FREE performance in celebration of Bay Area Celebrates National Dance Week. Choreography by Jennifer "Jem" Alvarado, Kirstin Brown, Ashley Foster and Artistic Director Cherie Carson.
Dec 19-21: SOLSTICE! at STUDIO 12, 2525 Eighth Street, Berkeley, CA “Solstice!” is an East Bay favorite holiday alternative since 2005. Produced every other year, this is the 6th production. “Solstice!” celebrates the longest night of the year with music and dance by some of the Bay Area’s finest performers, and includes a Solstice-inspired visual arts installation by Alissa Kaplan-Soto. Enter into a winter wonderland with tree spirits, a moon goddess and snowbirds. Experience the music of Dave Worm and Mark Vickness (Glass House) and Amar Singh Khalsa & Sahib Amar Kaur Khalsa. And see the holiday inspired Teens Who Fly dance their L-O-V-E of the holiday!
NOV 14: VALLEY FIRE BENEFIT PERFORMANCE at San Rafael Gymnastics, 139 Carlos Dr, San Rafael, CA raising $$ for victims of the Valley Fire in Lake and Napa counties)
August 12: IMPROV NIGHT UpSwing Company & students improvise aerial dance to the improvised music of One Voice Circle Singers and musicians Amar and Sahib Amar Khalsa.
May 3: DANCE A RAMA UpSwing performs with UpSwing students as part of a FREE performance in celebration of Bay Area Celebrates National Dance Week.
DECEMBER 6: WINTER MOON Rockabelly and The Playthings present a winter show, with guest artists Ego Embra, Upswing Aerial Dance Company, and special guest artists. This event combines belly dance, aerial, and pole!
August 13: IMPROV NIGHT UpSwing Company & students improvise aerial dance to the improvised music of One Voice Circle Singers and musicians Amar and Sahib Amar Khalsa.
July 18-26: Festival of Aerial Arts at Vault Houston - Upswing invited as guest performers and led "Dynamic Duo" workshop
July 9: Send-off Cocktail Party for UpSwing Company, wine & cheese, showing of dance and wine raffle. Fundriaser for UpSwing Company performance at Houston Festival of Arts July 18, 19th and workshop on the 20th.
April 27: DANCE A RAMA UpSwing performs "Inside the Circle", 8th Street Studios, Berkeley 2-3 PM as part of a FREE performance in celebration of Bay Area Celebrates National Dance Week.
April 26: WHAT'S UP! Performing in the show…Kirstin Brown, Helen Dickson, Katherine Sardinha, Beth Zuckerman, Teens Who Fly, UpSwing Company. FREE performance in celebration of Natl. Dance Week.
Feb 19: ROOF Gala Community Awards - UpSwing Company guest performance at Red Oak Opportunity Foundation (ROOF) Awards Gala for 2013-14 Grantees. Studio 12, Berkeley, CA
Dec 21: Winter Solstice Celebration is a holiday favorite and the perfect way to celebrate the longest night of the year. The show includes music and dance by some of the Bay Areas finest performers and includes an original visual arts installation specific to the Solstice. 2 shows...one night! Studio 12, Berkeley, CA
August 17: UpSwing invited as guest performers at Open Air Festival, Vashon, WA
August 10: TICKET TO FLY! Company and friends perform in a night of innovative aerial performance and dance! For your viewing pleasure we present trapeze, bungee and rope, aerial silks, belly dance, hoop dance, and much more! Studio 12, Berkeley
April 27: What's Up! Free, Exciting Aerial Performance "What's UP!" is a stellar performance & where you can see the best of what aerial is all about - beautiful, powerful, graceful and lively. Studio 12, Berkeley, CA
February 6: ROOF Awards Ceremony UpSwing Company performs for Red Oak Opportunity Foundation Awards Ceremony. Studio 12, 2525 Eighth Street, Berkeley, CA
Dec 12: UpSwing premiers newest work in 12.12.12, Studio 12, Berkeley, CA
July 28, 29: UpSwing invited as guest performers at Open Air Festival, Vashon, WA
On July 29 from 10:30-12 (noon) Rope and Harness workshop
April 29: Dance-A-Rama at Studio 12, Berkeley, CA...Show celebrates National Dance Week Sneak preview of new aerial dance work "Chandeliers"
May 5 & 6: UpSwing guest performers at Diamonds in the Rough, an interactive exhibit of art, innovation and industry, American Steel Gallery, Oakland, CA - performing "Chandeliers"
Dec 21: Winter Solstice Celebration at Studio 12, Berkeley, CA
Dec 2 & 3: NY Aerial Festival, Manhattan Movement Arts Center, NY - performing "Inside the Circle"
Nov 29: NY Aerial Festival, Laguardia Performing Arts Center, NY - performing "Inside the Circle"
August 20 & 21: Fundraiser for The Tea Dancers - performing "El Once de Vestido Baras" or "The Dress of 11 Yards", Eighth Street Studio, Berkeley, CA
June 26: YELP's Sunset Showdown-summer event at Craneway Pavilion, Richmond, CA
Jan 15 & 16: Seven UP - Inaugural Performance featuring works by choreographer/director, Cherie Carson