Thursday 11th October
TESTING GROUND: EXPERIMENTS IN DANCE is back. Now in it’s ninth year, it is a chance for dancers and choreographers to test out their exciting new ideas in front of an audience.
Each show is very different, you’ll find that some of the works-in-progress are already quite polished and some are still quite fragile. You might want to offer some feedback on what you’ve seen and understood. You might want to chat to the choreographers about their ideas and how they do what they do. Most of all though: please come to have fun. Expect an informal evening with lots to think about and enjoy.
Testing Ground is presented in Partnership with Theatre Bristol, Circomedia and Bath Dance. It is supported by Laila Diallo.
Naomi O’Connor shares an evolutionary, immersive dance-theatre piece based on a 21 day poem that explores the themes of a woman coming into flower; the emotions connected to letting go, things dying off and rebirth.
TRUAN JAY MATHIAS | Shadows
A brand new piece combining dance exploration and contact juggling. Truan is new to performing dance and hopes to elevate his contact juggling performance through a strong movement style. Here at Testing Ground he’s aiming to find out if it’s working…
TIM LO | Somebody’s Child
We’re all somebody’s child. This piece is motivated by parental illness. To spark conversation, inspire more people to think about and accept our parents’ ageing minds and bodies, investigate our relationship with them, learn how to live with their illnesses. I hope to encourage appreciation for our parents’ perfections and flaws.
HANNAH GINGELL | Cutting off the Bunny Ears
“You’re looking, but what you’re really doing is filtering, interpreting, searching for meaning.” – Ed Solomon.
An abstract performance exploring illusion which invites you to sit back and try to process the apparent nonsense going on in front of you.