Kate McIntosh (1974) is an artist who practices across the boundaries of performance, theatre 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 off-beat humour.
Originally from Aotearoa 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.
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), In Many Hands (2016) and To Speak Light Pours Out (2020). 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, Jo Randerson, Lilia Mestre, Charo Calvo, Minna Tiikkainen, Mikko Hynninen, John Avery, Bree Van Reyk, Arantxa Martinez, Josh Rutter and many more.
She was artist in residence at Kaaitheater in Brussels 2017 – 2021.
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), Simone Aughterlony (NZ/CH), 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 co-director and founding member of SPIN — an artist-initiated production and research platform in Brussels, which also organizes public gatherings for knowledge exchange.