Artists announced for Testing Ground: Experiments in Dance, Nov 2019!

We received a great many applications from fantastic dance artists and companies from across the city and beyond. Thank you to everyone who applied. We are delighted to now announce the artists who will be taking part in Testing Ground: Experiments in Dance at Circomedia, 28th November 2019.



Katie Anderson and Adele Le Gallez dancing
Photo by Jamie Corbin

Two women sit in the aftermath of a murder. As the confusion of their sudden outburst settles, they look at the world around them. This world that taught them to be silent. To smile through it. To agree.

Katie Anderson and Adele Le Gallez choreographed and perform TEETH as the final act of a trio of movement, MOUTH/SKIN/TEETH, which explores the reasons why a 16 year old girl bludgeoned her mistress to death in 1849, making her the last person to be publicly hung in Britain.


Morph Dance Company | Untitled

Subhash dancing
Photo by Mickael Marso Riviere

Subhash Viman Gorania and Ryan Ledger are finding a choreographic language for two bodies coming from completely different disciplines. Ryan is a contemporary dance artist and Subhash trained in classical Indian dance, Bharatanatyam and Kathak. Morph Dance Company aim to explore and discover a range of social issues that have shaped society through inequality, fear, conformity, perception and compliance.


Take 2 Dance Theatre | Order Rodentia

Hannah and Lilia dancing
Photo by Sophie Kelk

‘The Trouble with the Rat Race, is that even if you win you’re still a rat’ – Lily Tomlin

Hannah Gingell and Lilia Blood are co-creators of Take 2 Dance Theatre. They aim to use the stage and dance to comment on social aspects of society. Order Rodentia, a duet which explores the Rat Race, is a playful development of an early version of the work created for Evolve Graduate platform in February 2019.


Freya Stokka | us.

Freya dancing
Photo by Anna Strickland

us. is about our society, us as a collective, and how we uphold our structural racism. Freya is exploring how to take interviews of Africans and African diaspora in the performance space, and how she can, through a movement lens, see and explore their stories.

Freya is a circus artist, specialising in dance, acrobatics and exploring the intersection of dance, circus and theatre. Although her work is based in text, her performances are placed in movement, and she aims to use the body to express both what we do have words for and what we do not have words for.


Carlota Matos | On the Way to Language

Carlota dancing
Photo by James Taylor-Mémé

On the Way to Language is an experimental movement piece and soundscape about language. Through a playful and abstract exploration of the body, it delves into different theories of language, language barriers and feelings of alienation experienced when moving to a foreign country.

Hailing from Porto, Portugal, Carlota is a multidisciplinary artist based in Bristol. She is part of the theatre company Play The Goat and also makes her own work in live performance, music and film.


Charlotte Perkins | How Do You Remember Everything?

Photo by Becca Head

Since graduating with a BA (Hons) in Dance from USW, Charlotte has begun working as a freelance dance artist and choreographer making contemporary dance more accessible for audiences with a visual impairment.

How Do You Remember Everything? offers a multi-sensory insight into the creation and performance of contemporary dance, reflecting on the sounds, similes and sensations created by the moving body.

Join us for what promises to be an intriguing evening of early stage dance pieces, and share your thoughts at a crucial stage in their development.

Thursday 29th November 2019 at 7.30pm
Circomedia, Portland Square

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.

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

For further information contact [email protected]