Commissions Phoenix From The Flames - Upswing

Upswing teamed up with the New Vic to devise PHOENIX FROM THE FLAMES, closing this spectacular event with a stunning aerial display. The finale was performed in front of 13,000 people during Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Olympic Torch event at Hanley Park.

Inspired by the Pottery industry, the piece saw aerialists perform 18 metres in the air while a team of dancers took over the stage.


“…thank you for producing and presenting a truly outstanding piece of theatre that really did make the most of our moment to shine, and show our city in such a positive light to both our local audiences and the national and international media that covered the event.”  

John Holmes, Strategic Manager of Culture, Tourism & Events – City of Stoke-on-Trent

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