Artists announced for Testing Ground TEN: Experiments in Dance 2019!

We were overwhelmed with applications from fantastic dance artists and companies from across the city and beyond. Thank you to everyone who applied, we are delighted to announce who will be taking part in the next Testing Ground: Experiments in Dance at Circomedia, 2nd May 2019.

Photo by PLSS Photography


Thania is a performer and dance movement psychotherapist, originally from Puerto Rico.

4 parts Gin
All parts Puerto Rican
and a Queer Cherry on top

Under the guise of bravery achieved through lavish drinking habits, Mixology explores intimate perspectives of discovering one’s queerness and as a result, encountering intriguing family histories, multiple microaggressions and a strong sense of identity.


Photo by João Ricardo Aguiar


Maria de Jesus Rocha has over 25 years experience in acting, dancing, teaching and coaching using pre-expressive, clowning and physical theatre techniques. Now Maria works as part of NOS Three Theatre Company in Bristol.

MARIAS portrays Maria’s experience working in a mental health hospital, narrating the drama of women with mental disorders, their relationships and their isolation.



Unfortunately Opia Dance Theatre have had to pull out due to illness.



Delicia Sefiha makes work through AllouAqui Dance Theatre which she directs alongside dance artist Xavier De Santos and theatre practitioner Samuel De La Torre. They are interested in creating work that merges contemporary movement with theatrical elements and that shifts between a real and a surreal world.

Candle Monster is a work-in-progress solo piece revolving around memories, time and nostalgia. Inspired by dark dreams of endless running and warm dreams of family time, the piece exposes and satirises the feeling of nostalgia.


Photo by Harriet Aston

HARRIET ASTON | Introducing

Harriet Aston’s company consists of actors, dancers, singers, a visual artist, a puppeteer and a poet. Over the past four years they have performed short works within a gallery-based sculpture exhibition.

The sculptures provide the starting point for creating words, action and sense place for the performance. Small elements of sculpture have been wearable, but in Introducing some of the sculptures have transformed into costumes. Performing in these shapes creates creatures that have their own way of moving and expressing themselves.


Photo by Siân Goldby

SIÂN GOLDBY | Wilderness

Siân is an interdisciplinary performance maker and researcher, who makes work which sits between dance, live art and film, and is deeply influenced by philosophical theories of being-in-the-world.

Wilderness is a site-specific performance work designed for spaces-in-between. It explores the absurdity and obscurity of human endeavour, and our objective relationship with, and alienation from, the natural world.


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.

Testing Ground: Experiments in Dance
Circomedia, Portland Square
Thursday 2nd May 2019

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, Circomedia and BathDance. It is supported by Laila Diallo and Karla Shacklock.

For further information contact [email protected]