Untried Untested is an experimental room with bodies and other objects. The performers carry out candid examinations on the objects, themselves and each other. The naïvety of their experiments masks a determination to discover new relations, ranging from the subtle to the violent. WIthout words, this space relies on tactility and observation - a meditation on materiality.
"With Untried Untested I was curious to occupy a space that was part performance and part installation... I wanted to push the tension between a 'biological' or human sense of time versus another kind of 'object' time that is perhaps longer and slower. In these experiments a confusion eventually arises between the performers and their materials - about what and who is tested." - Kate McIntosh
Kate McIntosh is a New Zealand dancer and performance artist who has been based in Brussels for many years. Two years ago she created the successful Dark Matter, in which showbiz, musicals and stand-up comedy served as ‘artistic packaging’ for scientific experiments and philosophical reflections on the world and the universe. With a great deal of humour and enthusiasm, showbiz diva Kate and her two assistants confronted the audience with profound existential questions.
concept, direction Kate McIntosh | performance Boglárka Börcsök, Nada Gambier, Sara Manente & Anna Whaley dramaturgy Pascale Petralia | light design Minna Tiikkainen | sound design Charo Calvo | costumes An Breugelmans | artistic advice Tim Etchells, Wendy Houstoun, María Jerez, Cristina Blanco & Ieke Trinks | technique Anne Meeussen & Philippe Digneffe | production Campo (Ghent) | co-production Pazz Performing Arts Festival, Oldenburgisches Staatstheater & Pact Zollverein, Essen | thanks Kaaitheater, SPIN