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"In Many Hands", by Kate McIntosh

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"In Many Hands", by Kate McIntosh

From 03 to 04 December 2019

Wednesday 04 December:
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 03 December:
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

La Casa Encendida
Ronda de Valencia, 2



This performance brings the audience into a tactile, multi-sensory situation - with the invitation to collectively handle materials and immerse themselves in corporeal phenomena. “In Many Hands” is both an exploration of vibrant physicality, and a subtle social experiment that brings strangers into unspoken communication.

Recent visitors to Kate McIntosh's works have been involved in many ways. Some broke apart domestic objects and made new inventions from the fragments (“Worktable” installation 2011). Other audiences examined a kind of collectivity - throwing furniture across the stage, uniting as an orchestra of rain-makers, collecting their own bacteria, and imagining themselves as birds (“All Ears” performance 2013).

The invitations in these works sprang from Kate's ongoing curiosity to bodily involve an audience, and to imagine a social space where individuals might explore their own agency as well as a communality. Her new project “In Many Hands” wades further into these experiences.

With “In Many Hands” Kate dives into the tactile and the multi-sensory, inviting the audience to test, touch, listen, search and sniff. This project steps away from the stage - instead bringing the audience into a series of aesthetic sensory situations, and inviting them to experiment with materials and encounter physical phenomena themselves. If one really does learn-by-doing, then what's learned here is a sensitization of nerves, a tuning of attention, a priming of curiosity. “In Many Hands” is part laboratory, part expedition, part meditation - as it unfolds, visitors take their time to engage and explore as they wish, following their noses and curiosities.

As always, Kate's work is guided by her ongoing fascinations with the misuse of objects, playfulness with the audience and an off-beat humour.

  • Concept & Direction: Kate McIntosh
  • Developed in collaboration with: Arantxa Martinez, Josh Rutter

  • Presented with: Lucie Schroeder
  • Sound: John Avery
  • Light & technique: Joëlle Reyns
  • Technical direction tour: Michele Piazzi
  • Artistic advice: Dries Douibi, Gary Stevens
  • Studio Assistance: Lucie Schroeder
  • Drawings: Daria Gatti
  • Production: Sarah Parolin, Linda Sepp
  • Finances & distribution: Ingrid Vranken
  • Production assistance: Jana Durnez, Anneliese Ostertag, Mara Kirchberg

Produced by: SPIN

Coproduction: PACT Zollverein (DE), Parc de la Villette (FR), Kaaitheater (BE), Vooruit Kunstencentrum (BE), BIT Teatergarasjen (NO), Black Box Teater (NO), Schauspiel Leipzig (DE), far° festival des arts vivants (CH), House on Fire Network (EU), and the Open Latitudes Network (EU).

Supported by: Vlaamse Overheid, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN), Pianofabriek kunstenwerkplaats (BE), Tanzfabrik (DE)

SPIN is structurally supported by BUDA Kunstencentrum for the period 2017 – 2021

Thanks to: Tom Bruwier, Martin Pilz, Andrea Parolin

Kate McIntosh is a Brussels-based artist who works across the boundaries of performance, theatre, video and installation. Originally from New Zealand and trained in dance - since 2004 Kate has developed an internationally recognized body of stage and transdisciplinary work. Her stage works include the performances All Ears (2013), Dark Matter (2009), and In Many Hands (2016). Her installation works include the interactive-installation Worktable (2011). Within her creations she has invited collaborators such as Tim Etchells, Eva Meyer-Keller, Jo Randerson, Lilia Mestre, Charo Calvo, Diederik Peeters, Minna Tiikkainen, Mikko Hynninen, John Avery and many more. Beside her own practice, Kate was a founding member of the Belgian performance collective and punkrock band Poni, and has collaborated as a performer with many directors including Tim Etchells (UK), Wendy Houstoun (UK), Antonia Baehr (DE), and Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre.

The performance will be in English

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