Kate McIntosh

Lake Life

Archive 2023

French premiere


A project by Kate McIntosh in collaboration with Arantxa Martinez
Visual installation, Nadia Lauro
Sound, Eric Desjeux
Lighting, Eduardo Abdala
Artistic advice, Harun Morrison, Sarah Parolin, Tim Etchells
Technical direction, Koen De Saeger, Tatiana Carret
Sound research, Charo Calvo
Studio assistant, Maria O'Herce, Ashley Van Pouke
Drawings, Dari Gatti
Maps, Marzia Dalfini
Harness, Karolien Nuyttenss
With the participation of Ghyslaine Gau
Voices, Manah Depauw, Anja Müller
General Management, Sarah Parolin
Production management, Niamh Moroney
Administration, Laura Deschepper, Elie Agniel

Produced by SPIN (Brussels); Backbone Berlin GbR (Berlin)
Coproduced by Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels); BRONKS (Brussels); Kaaitheater (Brussels); Viernulvier Kunstencentrum (Ghent); PACT Zollverein (Essen); Festival d'Automne à Paris; T2G Théâtre de Gennevilliers Centre Dramatique National; MDT (Stockholm); SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht); BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen); SCHÄXPIR Festival (Linz); figuren. theater. festival (Erlangen); Teatro Municipal do Porto
With the support of Backbone Berlin GbR; Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie (VGC) / Résidence Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie (VGC); GC Pianofabriek (Brussels)

The T2G Théâtre de Gennevilliers, Centre Dramatique National and the Festival d'Automne à Paris are co-producers of this performance and are co-presenting it.

In Lake Life, the performer Kate McIntosh, from New Zealand, turns her attention, for the first time, to the youngest sections of society via a surprising, interactive stage mechanism in which children, adolescents, adolescents and adults play together. They invent different modes of relating to each other, and collectively imagine the contours of a new world.

How much can we change? To what extent do we interact with others and the world around us? Kate McIntosh replies to these very topical questions by a show in the form of a game. In collaboration with the scenographer Nadia Lauro, we are invited to explore imaginary spaces, and to celebrate. Moving on from dance to performance, the Brussels-based performer, originally from New Zealand, has been developing a highly original, transdisciplinary practice which blurs the frontiers between stage and audience. In Lake Life, she turns her attention, for the very first time, to a mixed audience from all different generations, via an immersive and sensorial piece which unfurls a dream-like landscape before us. This landscape enables the audience to explore, in a physical way, questions such as transformation, self-perception and confusion with others. In this post-epidemic context, in which sharing, contact with strangers and trust, have been severely put to the test, the artist invites us to play together, and to create something in common. We are encouraged to go beyond our various assignations and prejudices, and to imagine the rules of a new world.

In the same place

T2G Théâtre de Gennevilliers – Centre Dramatique National
septembersept 19 - october – oct 19

Kurō Tanino
Maître obscur

Buy tickets

In what ways does the unstoppable development of artificial intelligence (AI) permeate our lives and behaviour? Kurō Tanino, playwright of the poetry of our everyday lives and the imperceptible movements of the psyche, brings to the stage a world in which technology reveals the depths of our unconscious.

T2G Théâtre de Gennevilliers – Centre Dramatique National
octoberoct 17 – 21

Katerina Andreou
Bless This Mess

Buy tickets

The choreographer Katerina Andreou draws upon the constant confusion and noise of the world as the driving force in this her first group piece. Playfulness, absurdity, fiction and poetry arise from within this mental and emotional state. 

T2G Théâtre de Gennevilliers – Centre Dramatique National
novembernov 7 – 11

Satoko Ichihara
Yoroboshi: The Weakling

Buy tickets

Taking his inspiration from traditional Japanese forms, playwright and director Satoko Ichihara brings us a puppet theatre for today's world. It is a troubled one, in which the story revolves around the ambiguous nature of the dolls. In this modern tale, loneliness, suffering and sexuality are the driving forces behind these puppets the various weaknesses of which makes them ever more human.

T2G Théâtre de Gennevilliers – Centre Dramatique National
novembernov 14 – 25

Marcus Lindeen, Marianne Ségol
Memory of Mankind

Buy tickets

By reconstituting four perfectly extraordinary, but very real, stories Marcus Lindeen and Marianne Ségol raise questions about the notion of memory. Their unique form of theatre, in which spoken words of a personal nature are exchanged and feed off each other, is scrupulously crafted and philosophical in equal measure. 

T2G Théâtre de Gennevilliers – Centre Dramatique National
decemberdec 5 – 16

Alice Laloy
Le Ring de Katharsy

Buy tickets

There are no puppets in this large-scale new work by puppeteer Alice Laloy. Instead, we encounter humans which have been transformed into avatars and then thrown into a ring In order to compete in increasingly violent matches. This mise en abyme, at the frontier between wrestling-inspired ritual and video game scenario, invites us to question the limits of a society which simply follows orders.