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ALL EARS (2013)

Kate McIntosh

"... 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


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photo: Robin Junicke
CREDITS

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.

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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.

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DATES

28.01.2017
Kaaistudio's, Brussels (BE)

29 - 30.09.2016
Festival Actoral, Marseilles (FR)

24.10.2015
Globalize:Cologne Festival, Cologne (DE)

10.10.2015
Fierce Festival, Birmingham (UK)

10 - 12.09.2015
Bats Theater, Wellington (NZ)

03 - 06.09.2015
Arts House, Melbourne (AU)

08.04.2015
Pact Zollverein, Essen (D)

18 - 19.03.2015
Theatre Garonne, Toulouse (F)

06 - 07.03.2015
BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen (NO)

20.11.2014
Pact Zollverein, Essen (D)

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
Latitudes Contemporaines, Lille (F)

12.04.2014
Societaetstheater, Dresden (D)

29 - 30.03.2014
Festival BO:M, Seoul (Korea)

14 - 15.03.2014
Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)

12 - 13.02.2014
Vooruit, Gent (B)

06 - 08.11.2013
Centre Pompidou, Paris (F)

02 - 03.11.2013
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt (D)

23 - 25.10.2013
Kaaistudio's, Brussels (B)

04.10.2013
BUDA Kunstencentrum, Kortrijk (B)

12.09.2013
Inkonst / Malmö (SW)

12 - 14.07.2013
Santarcangelo Festival, Santarcangelo di Romagna (IT)

24 - 25.05.2013
Pact Zollverein, Essen (D) - PREMIERE