Lake Life

Kate McIntosh
Performance, 2023

a project by Kate McIntosh
in collaboration with Arantxa Martinez
visual installation Nadia Lauro
sound Eric Desjeux
light design Eduardo Abdala
artistic advice Harun Morrison, Sarah Parolin, Tim Etchells
sound research Charo Calvo
technical direction Koen De Saeger
in collaboration with Tatiana Carret
studio assistance Maria O’Herce, Ashley Van Pouke
drawings Dari Gatti
cards Marzia Dalfini
harness Karolien Nuyttens
voices Kate McIntosh (EN), Manah Depauw (FR/NL), Anja Müller (DE), Ana Libório (PT)
with the participation of Ghyslaine Gau
general management Sarah Parolin
production management Niamh Moroney
administration Laura Deschepper, Elie Agniel
a production by SPIN (Brussels)
coproduced by Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), BRONKS (Brussels), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Viernulvier Kunstencentrum (Gent), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Festival d’Automne à Paris (Paris), T2G Théâtre de Gennevilliers Centre Dramatique National (Gennevilliers), MDT (Stockholm), SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), SCHÄXPIR Festival (Linz), (Erlangen), Teatro Municipal do Porto (Porto).
funded by Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie (VGC)
residency GC Pianofabriek (Brussels)
thanks to Hans Bryssinck, Diederik Peeters, Laura Deschepper, Anna Rispoli, Marnie Slater, Caroline Daish, Britt Hatzius, Sheena McGrandles, Barbara Greiner, Frida Laux
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

premiere May 18th, 2023 kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium

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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. Lake Life contrasts the fragility and uncertainty of today's time with the (re)discovery of trust, fun, and free imagination. 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.

Building upon the successes of her participative works Worktable and In Many Hands, McIntosh crafts yet another fully immersive and interactive environment. This setting beckons a cross-generational audience to embark on an explorative journey within the stage space, encouraging continual self-reflection and evolving perceptions of themselves and others. The performance offers a platform for diverse encounters and interactions among various age groups, specifically tailored for an audience inclusive of both adults and young people. Adults un-accompanied by youths are warmly welcomed, alongside all independent-minded young people aged 10 and above, eager to explore their world.

Teaser trailer:

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Lake Life draws on elements of the science-fiction character Odo and the species of Changelings, who feature in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993 - 1999) a science fiction television series. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is based on Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek. It was created by Rick Berman and Michael Piller, on Brandon Tartikoff's request, and produced by Paramount Pictures. Lake Life is fanfiction, it is intended for non-for-profit contexts only. All the rights of the original Star Trek: Deep Space Nine story belong to Paramount.

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SPRING, Utrecht (NL)


PACT Zollverein, Essen (DE)


MDT, Stockholm (SE)


Schäxpir, Linz (AT)


Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels (BE) - premiere