Testing Ground by Theatre Bristol

Thursday 11th October

Tickets £5
Ages 12+ 

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.

We were thrilled to receive applications from fantastic dance artists and companies from across the city and beyond. Thank you to everyone who applied, we can now announce who will be taking part in the next Testing Ground: Experiments in Dance at Circomedia, 11th October 2018.

Tim Lo. Photo by Elkie Rose McCrimmon

This programme features a fantastic line-up of ambitious artists and pieces including: dance-theatre, circus skills, film and illusion. We’re delighted to announce the line up:


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.


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…

Naomi O’Connor. Photo by Mark Leake

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.

Truan Jay Mathias. Photo by Ben Johnston

For more information on wheelchair access, assistance dogs, induction loop, young children, babies and relaxed performances please see our accessibility pages here or email boxoffice@circomedia.com

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