An intimate sculptural image of a dancer's bald head in profile. He's lying back on the ground, eyes closed. He seems to be having an intense experience - his fingers are scrunched and gnarly, poised mask-like in front of his face.
Image: Chantal Guevara


Matthew Hawkins

READY is the given name of Matthew Hawkins’ ever-evolving solo project. Blessed with viable working space during our lockdowns, Matthew trained daily and was struck anew by how much of the span of his existence has taken the form of self-devised dance practice.

Thinking to expose the essence of his observation and mindful of ways in which to reframe his habit, he then came into possession of a boxed CD set of Beethoven piano sonatas. Never having had the time before, Matthew’s dad had purchased the set to enjoy at his life’s end. The discs had, by now, rested unheard for some time, but their inheritance would fuel a fresh experience. As it happens, Beethoven’s keyboard ecology of majestic sunsets, runaway trains, tempests, farewells, dancing elephants and alert chicanery is conveyed with a sense of timing that’s vital in riveting conversation.

READY now adds a voice to the conversation, structuring its pace and its accumulation around a given sonata-sequence’s changes of tone and topic. Each of the randomly selected ten CDs has a mind of its own. Hawkins chooses whether to fully amplify the music or play it quietly to have it merge with other present noises. Variation also informs the performance’s locale – sites have included the home, the studio, a busy museum foyer and an abandoned branch of Debenhams. READY starts from a place of self-care and develops exquisitely, holding its space and time amid ideas about the nature of authorship – and perhaps fatherhood too.

When and Where

Fri 26 May, 4pm | Sat 27 May, 5pm

Meeting Point: Universal Hall Foyer
The Park Ecovillage, Findhorn, IV36 3TZ

Age: 5+ (Guideline)


Weekend Performance Pass (3 days) £45
1-day Performance Pass £18

This performance is included with the purchase of either of the ticket options listed. If booking on a 1-day pass, take care to select the option for the day you wish to attend.

BOOK: Weekend Performance Pass (3 days) £45
BOOK: 1-Day Performance Pass (FRIDAY) £18
BOOK: 1-Day Performance Pass (SATURDAY) £18