Although We Fell Short
Forced Entertainment's artistic director Tim Etchells has created a new work for the performance artist Kate McIntosh, woven from the ruins and fragments of a variety of speeches. Material from a range of contemporary and historical political campaigns, party congresses, debates, resignations and revolutionary tracts find their way into unexpected dialogues and collisions in this work. Sense itself becomes strained and stretched, constantly cohering, dissolving and then momentarily re-cohering as the declarations twist and turn. Although We Fell Short is comical and unsettling, subjecting the familiar rhetorical strategies of political speeches to a test of their linguistic breaking-point.
Kate McIntosh is an artist working across the boundaries of performance, theatre, video and installation. From New Zealand and originally trained indance, she has performed internationally since 1995 - appearing in the work of directors such as Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre, Wendy Houstoun (UK), Cie Michèle Anne de Mey (Belgium), Random Scream (Belgium), Simone Aughterlony (NZ/Switzerland) and Tim Etchells (UK). Since 2004 Kate has focused on directing her own work - including the solos All Natural (2004), and Loose Promise (2007), and the larger performances Hair From the Throat (2006), Dark Matter (2009) and Untried Untested (2012). Her installation works include De-Placed (2008 with Eva Meyer-Keller), and the participatory installation Worktable (2011). In her own work she has enjoyed collaborations with Tim Etchells, Eva Meyer-Keller, Jo Randerson, Lilia Mestre, Charo Calvo, Diederik Peeters, and many more.
Kate has directed several short videos that have played at festivals and exhibitions the world over. She was a founding member of the Belgian performance collective and punkrock band Poni, and she holds an MRes in Performance and Creative Research from Roehampton University (UK).
She is a founding member of SPIN: the artist-run production and research platform based in Brussels.
Writer and director: Tim Etchells
Performer: Kate McIntosh
Lighting Design: Nigel Edwards
Produced by: Forced Entertainment
Commissioned by: Kaaitheater (Brussels) & Siemens Stiftung