Testing Ground: Experiments in Dance

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Testing Ground is a platform for dance artists and companies, emerging or established, to test new performance ideas in front of a live audience.  It provides a place for new work to be shown and encourages an opportunity for an open discussion on the work presented.

Testing Ground is presented in partnership with Theatre Bristol, Circomedia and Bath Dance. It is supported by Laila Diallo.

Each Testing Ground includes up to 5 pieces of dance/dancetheatre work that are between 5 and 15 minutes in duration.

We aim for the platform to be highly supportive and nurturing for the artists involved, and an interactive opportunity for audiences, offering them an insight into new work.  We endeavour to bring together an interested and relevant audience (including promoters, producers and programmers) in order to open up a genuine dialogue that will help develop the work further.  All performers will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their work through a question and answer session with the audience.

The focus of this Testing Ground is dialogue and experiment.  It is a platform to present the beginnings and possibilities of work and to share that through dialogue with the audience. Therefore there will be no lighting specials, no riders and no early get-in. Testing Ground is just that - not a showcase event. Whatever stage of development your work is at, we are interested to hear from you.

The next Testing Ground will be 23 November 2017 at Circomedia.

Deadline for applications: 5pm 16 October 2017

Below you can find details of our Call Out and Application Form below.

Download Call Out

Download Application Form

Complete Equality & Monitoring Survey

If you have any queries or need your application form in an alternative format contact


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Prototype: Experiments in Theatre is a collaboration with Tobacco Factory Theatre. It takes place twice a year at the Tobacco Factory and allows theatre-makers from Bristol and further afield to experiment with new ideas in front of an audience. There are three to five short extracts of new work each time. It is a forum for genuine experiment rather than a showcase. The event has proved popular with audiences because it is informal, fun and a great way to see lots of different styles of performance all in one evening. After the shows, the artists who have presented work have a chance to ask questions of their audience to get feedback.

The range of work presented is very varied and includes emerging and very experienced artists.

2013 Prototypes

  • Sunday 14th April
  • Sunday 17th November

2014 Prototypes

  • Sunday 23 March 

2015 Prototypes

  • Sunday 8th February


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