All Ears

Kate McIntosh
Performance, 2013

Concept and Performance: Kate McIntosh

Dramaturgy: Pascale Petralia, Tim Etchells

Sound: John Avery

Light: Chris Copland

Technical Direction: Simon Stenmans

Production Co-ordination: Ingrid Vranken

Production: SPIN

Special thanks for the 'Now' score, courtesy of Tim Etchells.

Coproduction: Pact Zollverein (D), Kaaitheater (B), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (D), Les Spectacles Vivants - Centre Pompidou (F)

with support of: Vlaamse Overheid, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Pianofabriek kunstenwerkplaats (B), Hebbel Am Ufer (HAU) (D)

SPIN is structurally supported by BUDA Kunstencentrum for the period 2013 - 2016.

Thanks for artistic advice: Gary Stevens, Simon Bayly, Palli Banine, Caroline Daish, David Helbich, Anna Rispoli // and for practical help: Anette De Wilde, Chloë De Vos, Sandra Oklobdzija, Pierre Willems, Bennert Vancottem, Ignaas Vancottem, Dries Bellinkx, PACT production team.

A House On Fire Project, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

©Robin Junicke

... a richly imagined and stunningly performed examination of the relationship between the individual and the collective.”
Marijn Lems, Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond

For All Ears Kate McIntosh sets up the stage as an improvised adhoc laboratory for a series of unusual recordings and acoustic experiments, using everyday objects and materials. Chairs are dragged, paper is torn, glasses are toppled. Sounds are gathered, recorded and played back – the action of one part of the performance providing soundtrack, background or atmosphere for another. Along the way McIntosh – as combination curious scientist, mischievous questioner and eclectic storyteller – leads us on a distinctive journey through a diverse landscape of ideas.

There are parables of human and animal behavior, fragments on crowd control and linguistics, jokes about politics and group dynamics, maps of birds and traffic jams, stories about systems, societies and social interactions. At the heart of the piece – in the silence between the sounds recorded, at the centre of the listening crowd – are questions about who we are alone and how we are together, about what it might take to change a culture and what we could be missing in the push for individual self-sufficiency.

All Ears is driven by McIntosh's ongoing fascination with destruction and creation, sense and nonsense, the whole and the fractured - by her playfulness with the audience, and her love of theatrical images. With an off-beat humour and moments of lucid thought, the performance balances on the thin line between experiment and entertainment.

"...[the audience members play] with a wonderfully senseless soundscape of chairs scraping over the floor and shattering porcelain. Finally Kate McIntosh holds up a gigantic microphone into the silence after the storm. It's in this beautiful moment of 'nothingness' that the togetherness of everyone in the space becomes apparent."
Melanie Suchy, WAZ, 29/05/13

©Meg Lavender
©Robin Junicke
©Robin Junicke
©Sandra Kormann
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©Robin Junicke

Past

14.03.2018
28.01.2017

Kaaitheater, Brussels (BE)

29-30.09.2016

Actoral, Marseille (FR)

24.10.2015

Globalise: Cologne, Köln (DE)

10.10.2015

Fierce Festival, Birmingham (UK)

10-12.09.2015

Bats Theater, Wellington (NZ)

03-06.09.2015

Arts House, Melbourne VIC (AUS)

08.04.2015

PACT Zollverein, Essen (DE)

18-19.03.2015

Theatre Garonne, Toulouse (FR)

06-07.03.2015

BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen (NO)

20.11.2014

PACT Zollverein, Essen (DE)

17.10.2014

Sin Culture Centre, Budapest (HU)

14-15.10.2014

BRUT, Vienna (AT)

15-16.08.2014

far festival des arts vivants, Nyon (CH)

10.06.2014

Festival Latitudes Contemporaines, Lille (FR)

12.04.2014

Societaetstheater, Dresden (DE)

29-30.03.2014

BO:M Festival, Seoul (KR)

14-15.03.2014

Frascati Theater, Amsterdam (NL)

12-13.02.2014

Vooruit Kunstencentrum, Gent (BE)

06-08.11.2013

Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)

02-03.11.2013

Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt (DE)

23-25.10.2013

Kaaitheater, Brussels (BE)

04.10.2013

BUDA Kunstencentrum, Kortrijk (BE)

12.09.2013

Inkonst, Malmö (SW)

12-14.07.2013

Santarcangelo Festival, Santarcangelo di Romagna (IT)

24-25.05.2013

PACT Zollverein, Essen (DE)