Lake life


  • 11.04 > 22.04.2023

For the first time, Kunstenfestivaldesarts com­mis­si­o­ned a pro­ject for a mixed audien­ce of young peo­p­le and adults, invi­ting artist Kate McIntosh to cre­a­te a new uni­ver­se to be expe­rien­ced. In this col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with BRONKS, McIntosh and sce­no­grap­her Nadia Lauro craft an immersi­ve lands­ca­pe that offers fresh ways of see­ing and being together. How chan­ge­a­ble and fluid are we? How do we tan­g­le with each other and the world? 

Lake Life is a col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve game, a puzz­le, and a cele­bra­ti­on – step in with two feet and may­be lea­ve with three. The game is trans­for­ma­ti­ve, ima­gi­na­ry and real. The audien­ce is invi­ted to explo­re unpre­ce­den­ted spa­ces, a dream­li­ke world of ima­gi­na­ry bodies and self-trans­for­ma­ti­on, whe­re alte­red sen­ses beco­me pal­pa­ble and the boun­da­ries of iden­ti­ty are fluid. 

While the socio-phy­si­cal fra­gi­li­ty cre­a­ted by the pan­de­mic may be expe­rien­ced dif­fe­rent­ly by young and old, the (re)discovery of trust, fun, and free ima­gi­na­ti­on is a col­lec­ti­ve con­cern. How can we break free from the roles we’re expec­ted to play in the out­si­de world? What con­nects us all? Perhaps it’s the pos­si­bi­li­ty of ima­gi­ning a new world whe­re we can rein­vent our ways from scratch…

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, BRONKS | A pro­ject by: Kate McIntosh in col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with Arantxa Martinez | Visual instal­la­ti­on: Nadia Lauro | Sound design: Charo Calvo | Light design: Eduardo Abdala | Artistic advi­ce: Harun Morrison, Sarah Parolin | Technical direc­ti­on: Koen De Saeger in col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with Tatiana Carret | Sound engi­neer: Eric Desjeux | Studio assis­tan­ce: Maria O’Herce, Ashley Van Pouke | Drawings: Dari Gatti | General mana­ge­ment: Sarah Parolin | Production mana­ge­ment: Niamh Moroney | Administration: Laura Deschepper, Elie Agniel | Commissioned and pro­du­ced by Kunstenfestivaldesarts | Production: SPIN | Coproduction: BRONKS, Kaaitheater, Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER, PACT Zollverein, Festival d’Automne à Paris, T2G Théâtre de Gennevilliers Centre Dramatique National, MDT, SPRING Performing Arts Festival, BIT Teatergarasjen, SCHÄXPIR Festival,, Teatro Municipal do Porto | Residency: KWP Kunstenwerkplaats | With the sup­port of: Backbone Berlin GbR | Funded by the Flemish Community Commission (VGC) | Thanks to: Hans Bryssinck, Diederik Peeters, Laura Deschepper, Anna Rispoli, Marnie Slater, Caroline Daish, Britt Hatzius | Special thanks to: all the volun­teer audien­ces who hel­ped us in the pro­cess, and Sabine Zahn & Joshua Rutter for loaning the prac­ti­ce Ghost Head from the Unwritten Library

© Dari Gatti