Setting up the stage as an improvised adhoc laboratory for a series of unusual recordings and acoustic experiments, using everyday objects and materials, Kate McIntosh’s All Ears will be presented at Arts House from 3 September 2015.
All Ears is about being in a crowd and being an individual in a group as chairs are dragged, paper is torn, glasses are toppled – these sounds are recorded and played back along the way. In the silences in between, questions arise about who we are alone and how we are together; about what it might take to change a culture and what we might miss in the push for self-sufficiency.
As curious scientist, mischievous questioner and eclectic storyteller, McIntosh creates a distinctive journey made of parables, fragments and jokes: of human and animal behaviour, of crowd control and linguistics, politics and group dynamics, birds and traffic jams, societies and social interactions. With both lucidity and off-beat humour, All Ears beautifully balances on the thin line between experiment and entertainment.
As a founding member of SPIN, the artist-run production and research platform based in Brussels, Kate McIntosh originally trained in dance and has performed internationally since 1995 working as an artist across the boundaries of performance, theatre, video and installation.
“a richly imagined and stunningly performed examination of the relationship between the individual and the collective.” – Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond
Concept, Text & Performance: Kate McIntosh Dramaturge: Pascale Petralia and Tim Etchells Sound Designer: John Avery Lighting Designer: Chris Copland Technical Director: Akim Hassani Production Coordinator: Ingrid Vranken Producer: SPIN Now score courtesy Tim Etchells
Arts House – North Melbourne Town Hall, Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Season: 3 – 6 September 2015
Bookings: (03) 9322 3713 or online at: www.artshouse.com.au
Image: Kate McIntosh in All Ears – photo by Robin Junicke