SAAL Biennaal 2021: Kate McIntosh “To Speak Light Pours Out”

Sakala 3 · Sakala 3, Tallinn, 10133 Tallinn, Harju maakond, Estonia

They say when we’re all in the same space listening together, our heartbeats might end up synchronizing. But our breathing will not, our breathing will stay polyrhythmic.
They say listening might be the most complex of all human behaviours.
To listen is a state of tension.
(Listening across difference.)
(Listening further than you can see.)*

Mixing the work of different writers, composers and performers, “To Speak Light Pours Out” is a performance that immerses the audience in a powerful listening space; creating a sonic world that channels the energy of rhythms, voices, texts, and their meanings.
With the physical pleasure and disorientation of polyrhythmic beats and the raw energy of voices that layer up sonic and spoken images, the tensions are both political and poetic, liberating and activating.

“To Speak Light Pours Out” is an invitation to enjoy the sharp energies of positive disturbance and resolute possibility, a shout-out to the lust for transformation, resistance, and new shapes of being.

…like everyone, everywhere, was getting what they wanted.**

She pushes her fingers into the mud and listens as hard as she can,
until sometimes the mud makes its way up her throat and out of her mouth.
The words are wet and rich and full of power. Words that makes worlds.
(To name, to change, to strange.)***

*To Speak Light Pours Out (quote: Kate McIntosh)
**To Speak Light Pours Out (quote: Rebecca Tamás)
***To Speak Light Pours Out (quote: Rebecca Tamás, Kate McIntosh)

“McIntosh's works are often highly interactive and immersive performances that physically engage the audience in an elegant and subtle way. Her performances explore and celebrate the co- presence of people and their interdependence and are extremely political in this regard. Their idea of a fundamentally and inescapably interconnected humanity goes hand in hand with an idea of community that defies simplifications and codifications, allows differences, is aware of its margins and does not seek consensus and compromise.
In “To Speak Light Pours Out” the audience is again immersed in the role of the spectator. In a sequence of musical episodes, an acoustic space opens up, in which a kinesthetic experience is created primarily through rhythms. This soundscape as well as sung and spoken texts and the physicality of the performers move between playful and direct, gentle and confrontational.”

Thomas Frank, artistic director Residenz, Schauspiel Leipzig.


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. 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.

A project: Kate McIntosh
In collaboration with: Ghyslaine Gau, Arantxa Martinez, Anja Müller, Stina Fors
Light design: Minna Tiikkainen
Sound design: Stefan Schneider
Stage realisation & studio assistance: Anda Skrejane
Music composition: Katharina Ernst, Beatrice Graf
Text by or inspired by: a.o. Season Butler, Jo Randerson, Rebecca Tamás, Bek Coogan, Paul B. Preciado, Tim Etchells, Astrid Korporaal, Elders of the Hopi Nation, Alice MacKenzie, Ebba Petrén
Production direction: Sarah Parolin
Light, sound, stage direction: Michele Piazzi
Administration: Laura Deschepper
Artistic advice: Tim Etchells, Sarah Parolin
Cooks: Hìla Lahav, Silvia Feliziani, Wim May
Photographer: Christian Schuller, Rolf Arnold, Daria Gatti, Kate McIntosh
Production by: S P I N vzw
Coproduced by: Kaaitheater, Vooruit Kunstencentrum, BUDA Kunstencentrum, PACT Zollverein, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Residenz Schauspiel Leipzig, Black Box teater, BIT Teatergarasjen, Rosendal Teater, SPRING, Wiener Festwochen
Funded by: Vlaamse Overheid, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie
supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
Residency: Tanzfabrik, Centrale Fies_Passo Nord
Thanks to: Hans Bryssinck, Diederik Peeters, Laura Deschepper, Elisa Demarré, Josh Rutter, Gäel Santisteva, Lazara Rosell Albear, Pieter Ampe, Ntando Cele, Jonathan Bepler, Steve Heather, Andy Wright, Marc Lohr, Kazehito Seki, Fritz Welch, Daria Gatti, Daniel Blanga Gubbay, Daniela Bershan, Valentina Desideri, Emily Beausoleil, Jacopo Lanteri, Lola Rubio, public in private studio
S P I N is structurally supported by BUDA Kunstencentrum for the period 2017 – 2021
Premiere: 16.10. 2020 PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany

Duration: 90’

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