Kilter: Matter and Ghosts – Douglas Swimming Pool

Douglas Swimming Pool Welcomes Acclaimed Artist Natasha Bourke for “Kilter: Matter and Ghosts” Performance

Douglas Swimming Pool is thrilled to announce a special performance by the renowned artist Natasha Bourke. The event, titled “Kilter: Matter and Ghosts,” will take place from the 18th – 21st June at 10.15pm, offering an extraordinary fusion of visual art and movement.

Natasha Bourke, celebrated for her innovative approach and captivating performances, will transform the pool space with her latest work, blending elements of contemporary dance, multimedia, and site-specific installation. “Kilter: Matter and Ghosts” explores themes of presence, absence, and the ephemeral nature of memory, promising a unique and immersive experience for all attendees.

“We are honored to host Natasha Bourke and her mesmerizing performance,” said Fernando Serina, Senior Manager at Douglas Swimming Pool. “This event underscores our commitment to supporting the arts and providing our community with access to exceptional cultural experiences.”

Tickets for “Kilter: Matter and Ghosts” are available now. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness a groundbreaking performance in an unexpected and evocative setting.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Cork Midsummer Festival.

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Genre-defying new solo performance – in a swimming pool – using movement, film, and sound.

Performed in a unique setting, Kilter, Matter and Ghosts embraces a breadth of artistic languages to present a story of wit and pathos about legacy, identity, transience, vulnerability and survival in an odd, chlorinated, urban womb.

Swimming pools have long held Bourke’s interest by virtue of their uniquely secluded, mixed-demographic, self-organising, intimate, real and surreal qualities. Years of reflective inquiry into physical and psychological states of suspension, institutional shaping, navigating a complex body and jumbled ancestral archive have prompted this, her most ambitious work to-date. KMG invites audiences to into a private world as Bourke draws from her roots and archive to ponder existential, scientific and esoteric themes with clownish, dark and dreamlike poeticism.

Natasha Bourke is a Cork-based interdisciplinary artist of Irish/Dutch descent with a fine art and extensive movement background. Her practice spans performance, film, photography, installation, archive, text, drawing and sound to contemplate themes in a surreal, playful and sincere way. She has created a large body of live/filmic works, including boat-based T.U.G! Litter Womb on Lough Foyle, Derry for EchoEcho 2021 and feature film Concrete Keys which had a sell out premiere at Cork International Film festival 2022.

Performed and conceived by Natasha Bourke.

Realised in collaboration with:

Writing / dramaturgical advisor Jody O’Neill
Chief Rigger and counterweighter: Tony Mahon
Second counterweighter Conor McCague
Set / Boat builder Dave Nolan
Sound designer Edan Ray
Lighting designer Alan Mooney
Filmmaker Maximilian LeCain
Movement advisor Cindy Cummings
Tech & design production assistant Richard Coghlan
Costume maker (Black suit) Francesca Castellano
Production assistants Marie Grandjean / Louisa Sloan
Parents Inge Nieuwstraten and David Bourke
Video documenter Dervla Baker
Photographic documenter Enrique Canicero
Social Media consultant Megan Cronin
Stage manager Chris Hopcraft
Production Manager Gavin McIntee
Line producer Claire Ryan
Advisory Producer Gwen Van Spÿk

Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Cork City Council Arts Office

With special thanks to:

  • Cork Midsummer Festival
  • Cork City Council Stephen Scully Head of Parks & Recreation
  • Leisureworld Management
  • The Gus Healy swimming pool staff
  • Circus Factory and Tom Campbell
  • Cork Film Centre
  • Dance Cork Firkin Crane
  • Grafitti Theatre Company
  • Loosysmokes
  • Meitheal Mara
  • Sample Studios
  • And anyone else who has supported Natasha and this work so far.