Ira is a London-based artist, performance-maker, writer, curator, and teacher, originally from Germany. She works across theatre and live art, creating live performances that are rooted in a fascination with what it means and feels like to be human. Her shows are visceral, funny and tender attempts to explore often vast contemporary topics in a way that celebrates both personal and collective experience. Previous and current projects are about fear, ageing, love, anxiety, death, illness – large universal themes framed in a way that is always relatable.
Ira’s process is one of using personal starting points to speak to wider social, political, and formal concerns. Her performances draw on text, video, auto/biography, a process of research and interviews, and simple but striking imagery. She increasingly works with choreographic practices, exploring a movement language of the ‘untrained’ body. Honesty and vulnerability as a performer are central. Ira’s work is evocative and intimate, and aims ultimately to make an audience re-consider themselves, and the world around them.
Ira regularly works in collaboration with other companies and artists, most recently Made In China (Gym Party) and Andy Field (put your sweet hand in mine).
She co-runs award-winning artist-led collective Forest Fringe (www.forestfringe.co.uk) with Andy Field and Deborah Pearson.