Tower and Pole Image by Marleen Hiels

Sun 18 October


This is an open air performance.

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The Lowry’s iconic waterside setting becomes the stage for three of the most exciting new outdoor dance and circus productions.

Humanhood’s Sphera, Ockham’s Razor’s Together and Joseph Toonga’s Born to Protest will all be performed as you journey on a 360 degree, 60 minute journey around the outside of the building.

Choreographer – Joseph Toonga
Producer – Emily Crouch
Performers – Cache Thake, Stefano A Addae, Tanaka Bingwa

COVID-19 Safety information is available and The Lowry would encourage all audiences to read these in advance of your booking and in preparation for your visit. You can find that information here.

There is flat access to the audience space. The performance is in daylight and will include loud soundscapes.

About each performance

Humanhood: Sphera

This exploration of astronomy through dance considers the relationship between the visible, bright side of the Moon and humankind. Echoing the rising and falling of the tides, two liquid bodies change and morph under the influence of the Earth’s orbiting sphere: the Moon.

Ockham’s Razor: Together

In 2013 circus company Ockham’s Razor brought the show Not until we are lost to The Lowry. The show featured a glass tower with one performer trapped inside and another outside. The one inside climbed, turned and spun in his own world as the other tried to reach him through the glass, to befriend him and ultimately liberate him.

For 2020, the company have revisited this piece about the human desire for connection, the value of kinship and the hope we offer each other. Performed outside for a socially distanced audience we bring our unique brand of circus back to Salford to reflect on the times we find ourselves in and the solace to be found together.

Joseph Toonga: Born to Protest

Born to Protest is part of a Hip Hop dance theatre sequel curated by Joseph to highlight black excellence. It responds to the relentless incidents that continue to occur today and simultaneously champions cultural identity and challenges racial stigmas.

Born to Protest is about occupying a public space to show the true representation of black men, the hypersensitivity of the black male body in space, and magnify that by a mass group of performers. On the one hand we see them as intimidating, dangerous and a unique breed, through the presumptions and supposed threat they pose in our society. Yet Joseph dismantles these presumptions, showing their fragility and vulnerability from constantly battling to prove themselves against the social stereotypes and the oppression of one’s self this causes.

Confronting individuals with their unconscious bias and bridging a primal political conversation.

Born to Protest was awarded the Stomping Ground Commission (The Place, DanceEast, DanceXchange, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival) and will be in creation from March 2021 ahead of touring from May 2021.



Will the show be performed outside or is there cover for the audience?
The performance will take place outside in all weathers. There will be limited cover for the audience or performers. We ask that audiences do not use umbrellas to avoid blocking the view of other members of the audience.

How far and how long will I have to walk?
You will need to walk around 400m around the building in the course of the 60 min performance. This will be a flat, accessible, safe and secure route. Lowry team members will be present to host and direct. If you have access requirements, limited mobility or any other access queries please call our access line on 0333 320 2838 or email:

Will there be seating to watch the show?
Audiences will be standing. There will be limited seating provided for rest periods. There will be space to accommodate all mobility tools and requirements. Please advise at time of booking if seating, mobility tool or wheelchair space is required.

Can I bring my own chair (for comfort rather than mobility)?
We ask that you do not bring your own seating / folding stool etc. This is to ensure the safety of all the audience in the event of evacuation.

What happens if the weather is bad?
The performance will take place in all but the most extreme weather conditions. Please dress accordingly. We recommend bringing warm clothes, waterproofs with hoods, layers and enclosed shoes. This is October so the weather may be changeable!

Decisions about cancelling performances due to extreme weather conditions, may not be made until one hour prior to the performance start time, as conditions can change at the last minute. In the event of extreme weather conditions which prevents the performance taking place safely, the company and venue will contact you as soon as possible. Please make sure you have supplied your contact phone number and email at the point of booking. If the weather is forecast to be, deteriorating or bad, we recommend that you check your emails and phone messages before setting off for the venue.

Can I take photographs and / or film during the event?
Photography and filming is allowed ONLY up to the start and after the end of the performance. Photography and filming is NOT allowed during the live performance.

Will there be access to toilets?
Toilets are available in Quayside MediaCityUK (formerly The Lowry Outlet Mall), across the plaza from The Lowry building. Please allow at least 15 minutes to visit these facilities. Please note that The Lowry building will not be open to the public.

Will there be any refreshments available to purchase?
There will be no refreshments on sale. We recommend bringing a refillable water bottle. NB the live performance is 60 minutes long. No picnics or alcoholic or general beverages will be allowed.
What should I bring and what should I leave at home?
We recommend bringing a refillable water bottle, rain protection (not umbrella) and wear warm clothing, flat, comfortable shoes. Otherwise bring as little as possible. Please note that large bags, suitcases and buggies will not be allowed. All mobility tools are welcome.