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Kate McIntosch - The World Between Us (working title)

Photo credit:Kate McIntosch

maa 04/03/2013 > vri 08/03/2013

In her new performance The World Between Us Kate McIntosh pits our culture’s cult of individualism and it’s glossy promise of self-discovery, freedom and competitive edge against the undeniable facts of our shared existence, complete with its tangle of social responsibility and frustrated dream of collective action.

Superheroes and cowboys, free markets and private capital float dreams of the individual’s powerful self-sufficiency in idealised landscapes of endless frontier, limitless growth, violence and free competition while mass-consumption breeds it’s own strange brand of conformist individualism.

But all our stories of prized individuality grind painfully against our sense of connection and collectivity - political, personal, ecological. It begs the question; how did freedom and independence get accepted as one desirable package? And are they really the same thing?

The World Between Us turns over and picks apart some of these tensions - creating a stage world that flips between cohesion and fragmentation, the singular and the multiple, the strength of solo and the need for solidarity. Mixing text, image and manipulated sound the performance looks back at how togetherness has been encouraged and disbanded in the past, and wonders how the dynamic of interdependence might be imagined in future.

The World Between Us 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.

Concept and performance Kate McIntosh
artistic advice Pascale Petralia, Tim Etchells & Gary Stevens
production co-ordination Ingrid Vranken
production SPIN
coproduction Pact Zollverein (D), Kaaitheater (B), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (D), Les Spectacles Vivants - Centre Pompidou (F)
with support of Vlaamse Overheid, Pianofabriek kunstenwerkplaats (B), Hebbel Am Ufer (HAU) (D).
SPIN is structurally supported by BUDA Kunstencentrum, for the period 2013 - 2016.

Première: 24 > 25/05/2013 – Pact Zollverein, Essen (D)

Performance dates:
2 > 3/11/2013   Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt (D)
9 > 10/10/2013   Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
2013 (dates TBC)  Kaaistudio’s, Brussels (B)
2013 (dates TBC)  Centre Pompidou, Paris (F)
2014 (dates TBC)  BUDA Kunstencentrum, Kortrijk (B)