Sensuous experiences as the audience take matters into their own hands.
The audience must leave their personal belongings in the wardrobe before entering.
Kate McIntosh's 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. Kate'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 humor.
With In Many Hands Kate dives into the tactile and the multi-sensory, inviting the audience to test, touch, listen, search and sniff, in the company of strangers. 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.
“… develops a subtle and intelligent community.” - Bettine Trouwborst, WAZ
“After about 45 minutes, there is probably no one in the room whose hands are not completely filthy… A rare and wonderful offer to concentrate on yourself without losing sight of your fellow human beings.” - Lisa Kerlin, kultur.kino.ruhr
“Kate McIntosh connects the people in her audience without having a word exchanged - without even knowing each other's faces.”- Rozemarijn van Kalmthout, tumult