Shortening of the season Showdown / Cancellation of the performances of Showdown

Dear Chamäleon guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Chamäleon Berlin, with the support of Upswing London, have decided to shorten the run of the co-production “Showdown” at Chamäleon Theater Berlin.

The decision is in response to a confluence of unforeseen events including, but not limited to, injuries and illnesses within the artistic team. The continuation of the season is unfortunately not possible under the current circumstances.

We formally apologize to you and all Chamäleon guests for the inconvenience caused.

Please contact our ticket hotline at or by telephone on +49 30 4000 590. We will be happy to convert your booking into a voucher or refund the purchase price at short notice.

The Chamäleon Theater will celebrate the start of the winter season in August with the world premiere of Wolf by Circa Contemporary Circus, as well as its own 20th anniversary. We hope that we will be able to welcome you again at this time.


Seven contestants but only one winner. Who will be the “Face of Circus”?

In Showdown, seven acrobats compete every night in a hyper competitive talent show, all vying to be crowned the “Face of the Circus”. Guided by an ever smiling host, the audience is invited to join in, vote and choose the winner of the coveted prize. As the game progresses, we learn more and more about the individual and shared experiences of the contestants, seeing connections and conflicts emerge as they gradually begin to question the game itself….

Powerful and relatable, Showdown uses narrative driven contemporary circus to satirise our contemporary casting show culture and the commodification of identity. Standout acrobatics combine with sharply funny spoken word elements penned by rising comedy star Athena Kugblenu, all set to a captivating soundtrack of UK hip hop, grime and Afrobeat by London-based musician Afrikan Boy.

The first collaboration between award-winning British company Upswing and the Chamäleon, Showdown is a playful exploration of power and competition that sweeps us along in the process.

Age Recommendation: 12+
Language: The show contains spoken word in German and English
Duration: 100 mins. incl. intermission

Content note: Potentially sensitive topics like racism are discussed.
Lighting Note: Stroboscopic lighting effects are used during the course of the production, which may pose an increased health risk to those at risk of epilepsy.
Audio Note: Due to our modern sound system, the volume can be higher. If you are sensitive to the volume, our team will be happy to provide you with ear protection.


A Co-Production by Upswing & Chamäleon Berlin
Directed by Vicki Dela Amedume
Written by Athena Kugblenu
Music by Afrikan Boy
Photos by Andy Phillipson

Kindly supported by the British Council

Further supported by:

About the Company

Upswing is a leading UK-based, multi-award winning contemporary circus company telling new stories in extraordinary ways.

Founded by Vicki Dela Amedume in 2006, the company brings together highly talented acrobats from a wide range of backgrounds and positions and strongly advocates for greater representation and diversity in circus. With each production, they strive for authenticity in the representation of diverse experiences, expand the possibilities of circus as an art form and use it to shape the world we want to live in.

Their recent work includes outdoor spectacle Ancient Futures, co-produced with Unlimited Theatre and the award-winning films Common Ground and Circus Flavours on Screen as well as internationally acclaimed family favourites The Ramshackle House and Bedtime Stories.

The company is also active outside of theaters and festivals, sometimes staging its circus performances in nursing homes, on rooftops, or in public libraries. Amedume was awarded the title of Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2022.

Showdown is the first co-production between Upswing and the Chamäleon. The show premiered in March 2024 on the Chamäleon stage.


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