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DOCH Open Lectures Kate McIntosh

Welcome to DOCH Open Lectures series of autumn 2019! Meet Kate McIntosh, a Brussels-based artist who practices across the boundaries of performance, theatre, video and installation.

Kate will give a brief introduction to her artistic practice as a performance maker, and focus on recent works that explore the physical involvement of audience members, and the politics implicit in this. She will also speak about her use of objects and materials as tools to build meaning and narrative, as the protagonists within cycles of destruction and construction, and as a medium for relation between audience members.

A portrait of Kate McIntosh


Kate McIntosh (1974) 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. 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 humour.

Originally from New Zealand and trained in dance - since 2004 Kate has developed an internationally recognized body of stage and trans-disciplinary work which tours extensively in Europe as well as to Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.

In Many Hands, Photo: Dirk Rose

Her stage works include the performance solos All Natural (2004), Loose Promise (2007), and All Ears (2013) and the group performances Hair From the Throat (2006), Dark Matter (2009), Untried Untested (2012), In Stereo (2015 with Bree Van Reyk) and In Many Hands (2016). Her installation works include the video-installation De-Placed (2008 with Eva Meyer-Keller), and the interactive-installation Worktable (2011).

Within these creations she has invited collaborators such as Tim Etchells, Eva Meyer-Keller, Arantxa Martinez, Jo Randerson, Lilia Mestre, Charo Calvo, Minna Tiikkainen, Mikko Hynninen, John Avery and many more.

She is currently an artist in residence at Kaaitheater in Brussels.

Beside her own practice, Kate was a founding member of the Belgian performance collective and punkrock band Poni, and has collaborated as a performer with many directors including Tim Etchells (UK), Wendy Houstoun (UK), Antonia Baehr (DE), and Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre.

Kate holds an MRes in Performance and Creative Research from Roehampton University (UK) and regularly teaches performance practice within various university courses.

Kate is also a founding member (together with Diederik Peeters & Hans Bryssinck) of SPIN - an artist-run production and research platform in Brussels, which also organizes public gatherings for knowledge exchange.

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Worktable, Photo: Kate McIntosh

DOCH Open Lectures

Artists, thinkers and teachers connected to DOCH's Dance Department share their works and thoughts in various forms. DOCH Open Lectures are open to the public, free and don't require a reservation. Welcome!

Autumn program

  • Jyoti Mistry 26 September
  • Kate McIntosh 10 October
  • Jaamil Olawale Kosoko 6 November

All of the DOCH Open Lectures series are held at DOCH Brinellvägen 58 room G at 5.30 pm.