Testing Ground

 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 and Circomedia. It is supported by Laila Diallo.

Each Testing Ground includes up to 5 pieces of dance/dance-theatre 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.

Our next Testing Ground will be in Spring 2020 (TBC).

If you would like to know more about Testing Ground please contact [email protected].



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Prototype: Experiments in Theatre was originally a collaboration between Theatre Bristol and Tobacco Factory Theatres. It is now run by Tobacco Factory Theatres and you can find more about it here.

It 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.