A destructive playroom
In Untried Untested, Kate McIntosh invites us to refresh our view of ourselves and the world around us. She wants to undermine the notion that the world is an instrument for us to use and misuse at will. The traditional hierarchy which places humans neatly at the top is destabilised in Untried Untested.
Untried Untested is an experimental playroom with bodies and other objects. The performers carry out candid examinations on themselves and each other - bringing them into situations that are funny, mostly unexpected and sometimes bluntly dangerous. Kate McIntosh likes breakable things.
Kate McIntosh is an artist based in Brussels and working across the boundaries of performance, theatre, video and installation. From New Zealand and originally trained in dance, she has performed internationally since 1995 - appearing in the work of many directors, for example Wendy Houstoun (UK), Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre, Cie Michèle Anne de Mey (Belgium), Random Scream (Belgium), Simone Aughterlony (NZ/Switzerland) and Tim Etchells (UK).
Since 2004 Kate has focused on directing her own works - including the solos All Natural (2004), and Loose Promise (2007), and the larger performances Hair From the Throat (2006) and Dark Matter (2009). Her installation work includes De-Placed (2008 with Eva Meyer-Keller), and the participatory piece Worktable (2011). In this work she has enjoyed collaborations with Tim Etchells, Eva Meyer-Keller, Jo Randerson, Lilia Mestre, Charo Calvo, Diederik Peeters, and many more.
She has directed several short videos which have played at festivals and exhibitions the world over. She was also a founding member of the Belgian performance collective and punkrock band Poni.Together with Diederik Peeters and Hans Bryssinck, Kate is a founding member of SPIN - an alternative artist-run organisation that offers a production frame for independent artists.
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