In Many Hands dives into the tactile and the multi-sensory, inviting its 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.
Kate McIntosh is a Brussels-based artist who practices across the boundaries of performance, theatre, video and installation. Her works often focus on the physicality of both performer and audience, the manipulation of objects and materials, and the development of direct relations with and between audience members. McIntosh’s practice is guided by her ongoing fascinations with the misuse of objects, playfulness with the public, a love of theatrical images 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, Koen De Saeger
Artistic advice: Dries Douibi, Gary Stevens
Studio Assistance: Lucie Schroeder
Drawings: Daria Gatti
Production: Sarah Parolin, Linda Sepp
Production assistance: Jana Durnez, Anneliese Ostertag, Mara Kirchberg
Finances: Laura Deschepper, Ingrid Vranken
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), théâtre Garonne – scène européenne (FR), 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
In collaboration with Cirko – Center for New Circus
Supported by TelepART Mobility Support
Image: Mandy Lyn, Unknown