Fertile Ground the North East's inspiring and aspiring contemporary dance company.
2018 Fully Grounded


Fertile Ground (FG) is the North East’s only early career repertory dance company employing dancers who are based or trained in the NE. FG offers performances and workshops across the North-East region and beyond, showcasing great talent performing in theatres, galleries and outdoor spaces.


FG proudly announces the appointment of Malgorzata Dzierzon and Renaud Wiser as the new Artistic Directors of the company. Malgorzata and Renaud bring to Fertile Ground exceptional choreographic artistic vision, leadership and curatorial ambition. Both are members of New Movement Collective, a London based Associate Company to Rambert Dance, and have worked internationally as well as closer to the FG stomping ground in the North East.


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Fertile Ground is recruiting four emerging professional dancers for its 2018/19 season. Artistic co-directors Malgorzata Dzierzon and Renaud Wiser are looking for dance artists in the early stages of their careers and with strong connections to the North East of England (native to, trained or have worked in the NE region).

To access full information on how to apply click here.


Fully Grounded is our new double bill of world premieres by choreographers ReGina Wielingen and Robby Graham. Exploring ‘Borders and barriers real and imagined between peoples and cultures’ – gritty dance for gritty times, the new ensemble performs across the region with the premiere on Wednesday April 25th, Arts Academy, Bede Campus, Sunderland College!

The inspiration behind Leemte and Flashpoint

“An entertaining and engrossing evening of dance (…) performed with skill and feeling.” (Fully Grounded 2018) – British Theatre Guide

There is a whole range of emotions here as the dancers move separately or together, in twos, three together and one isolated, or all together in harmony—or even disharmony. Click here to read the full review.

“Bring on the next five years – absolutely fabulous!” – Audience member, Lucia season launch event 2017

“Listening to dancer Emma Palmer speak…, it was clear how the investment in dance in the North East has nourished her from school to becoming a professional. This company, who go from strength to strength, truly are the face of home grown North East dance- and they look good.” – Rosie Bradford Events Manager The Bowes Museum May 27th 2016 The Witham Barnard Castle.

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