The Lowry, Salford
Began as a solo project by Cath Hawkins, “Small Things” about exploring performance in every day places, improvisation and small objects on a trolley, supported by the Zion Arts Centre, Manchester and The Lowry, Salford, North West Arts and DIGM.
“Fascinating”…..”It’s like found art, found objects”…..”Musical objects lost in phrasing, stillness, action, a soft Kaleidoscope”…..”She is a good dancer but a bit daft”…..”Gets one thinking and thinking again.”
“Up-country” followed, and the founding of the Small Things Dance Collective to create a dance performance sensitive to places and situations around and about what was then a new, striking silver building. An improvised clutter of manic movement and small things in different sizes, landscapes and viewpoints was created by Cath Hawkins, Lisa Dowler and a specially formed group of eight young women from the Leigh area. The audience followed the performance around the outside and inside of the building. The sounds of the area were recorded with Jenny McCabe and Bryony Rogers captured the event on film. Dance, visual artists, volunteers, the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh and also Yr 6 pupils of nearby St Luke’s Primary School also made valuable contributions to the project.