Artists announced for Testing Ground: Experiments in Dance 2018!

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. Presented in live and screen formats, incorporating dance with spoken word, this is a piece motivated by parental illness and all the thoughts and fears it brings.

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




Join us for what promises to be a brave and bold evening of early stage dance pieces, and share your thoughts at a crucial stage in their development. Find out more here.

Testing Ground: Experiments in Dance
Circomedia Portland Square
11 October 2018

Get your tickets here.

Testing Ground: Experiments in Dance was set up in 2009 as a platform for dance artists to test out early stage work in front of a friendly and supportive audience, and have the audience’s thoughts feed in to a crucial stage of their work’s development.

Hannah Gingell. Photo by Sophie Kelk


Testing Ground runs bi-annually and is a collaboration between Theatre Bristol, Circomedia and BathDance. It is supported by Laila Diallo and Karla Shacklock.

For further information contact [email protected].