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Testing Grounds

Testing Grounds

Testing Grounds is seeking short EOIs from performers and performance makers. We are seeking performances suitable for a bar/cabaret context and roving performances for a bustling event.

The performance is for a three night event called ‘Futuropolis’ in early October at Testing Grounds. Think trade fair, scientific demonstration, infomercial, an expo – Futuropolis is like a world fair on a local scale. This is all about showcasing the amazing skills and knowledge that exists in Melbourne’s creative community. We want ideas that are fun and easy to understand. We want your performance to inspire people to dream about new possibilities for the future. This includes the First Nations, queer and culturally diverse knowledge that make our world a better and more interesting place.

Performance art, stand-up comedy, live music, traditional dance, contemporary dance, choirs, circus, clowning, monologues, mascots and more. Everyone is invited to apply.

We have $500 per performance to spend (inclusive of your artist fee, superannuation and production costs). Priority will be give for people who can participate in all three nights but we encourage you to apply with your idea, even if you can only commit to one.

Bar/cabaret style performances will have a maximum limit of 60 minutes. Roving performances will last all night with scheduled breaks.

There is no control over light and sound in this environment. We can provide a PA and sound tech but performance set-ups should be minimal. Audiences need to be able to drop in and out of your performance and still understand what is happening.

EOIs for a mascot are highly encouraged.

Submit an EOI via the form below. Applications due by Monday 9th of August 11:59pm.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of COVID restrictions, we are only accepting EOIs from people based in Victoria.

Erick Mitsak & Robbie Avenaime, ‘Percussion Games’, 2019

Jane Morley, ‘Precarious Bodies’, 2018

Submit your expression of interest

Give us a snapshot of your performance. Use simple language and give us your best and bold idea. Don’t worry too much about logistics at this point. If we want to progress with your idea we can flesh out the nitty gritty details later. It is outdoors. It will be loud. It is a night market environment.

Upload a photo, a sketch, a short video to help communicate your idea. A synopsis is better than a script.

Email testing-grounds@theprojects.com.au if you need any assistance of have any questions.

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Roshelle Fong, ‘Nomnomnom’, 2019