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  • Performance-installation
  • SPRING coproduction
  • NL premiere

Lake Life

Thu 30 May 2024 18:00
Fri 31 May 2024 15:00
Fri 31 May 2024 18:00
Stadsschouwburg Blauwe Zaal
90 min
English and Dutch
New Zealand/Belgium
€18,- / €15,-
Face from the crowd, Crossing the 4th wall
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This performance features slowly changing, immersive color light states designed to create a hallucination-like effect and stroboscopic lighting.

For people aged 10 and above! The performance can be experienced in either Dutch or English. The performance is participative, with light physical contact.

McIntosh invites audiences from 10 to 100 years old into her artistic work, where the performance can happen only when activated by spectators. Lake Life is a game – and an invitation for a playful yet radical imagination. Can we walk away from our boundaries? Can we to think again out of the box, and transform the rules we follow into something serving better the purpose, for us, and the world around?


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…

For people aged 10 and above! The can performance can be experienced in either Dutch or English. The performance is participative, with light physical contact.


Recently, Theaterkrant has interviewed Kate McIntosh, maker of Lake Life. Read the Dutch interview here!


“Besides arranging a highway for people toward an alternative form of relaxation and reflection (what more could you want from theater art?), Lake Life also provides a kind of anthropological sampling, because you do and go through so much in a short period of time with people you don’t otherwise know or have chosen.”

The Dutch Theaterkrant wrote a review about Lake Life: read it here.

“Dare we compare ourselves to these Changelings? The mere thought of such a
possibility inspires, intrigues, confronts or even scares us. This lake is the long
forgotten limitless imagination of our childhood.”
– Elisavet Droulou, SPRING reporter

"Wherever people come together to experience a performance, they are as much concerned with each other as with the performance"

Kate McIntosh



Kate McIntosh


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 Manah Depauw, Anja Mülle

with the participation of Ghyslaine Gau

general management Sarah Parolin

production management Niamh Moroney

tour management Luca Napoli

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)

associated production L’Amicale (Lille)


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


photo credits Bea Borgers

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