Ira is an artist, performance-maker, writer, curator, and teacher. She creates live interdisciplinary performances: 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, illness, gender.
Over the past few years Ira has been interested in exploring power and how it is enacted, seen, and felt, specifically looking at the relationships between power, gender, sexuality, desire, and language. In her work Ira wants to create a space in which we can acknowledge and celebrate the ambiguities and inconsistencies of contemporary living, that are sometimes hard to hold in focus. She wants to create a space in which we can both feel strongly and think critically, a space of equal openness and rigour, emergence and boldness.
Ira’s process is one of using personal starting points to speak to wider social, political, and formal concerns. Her work makes use of text, video, auto/biography, found material, research and interview processes, and physical practices, exploring a language of the untrained body through dance, movement, and gesture. She has an interest in achieving particular states in the body, in the looseness and explicitness brought on by exhaustion or obstacle or a lack of control.
Ira regularly works in collaboration with other companies and artists as a performer, writer, and dramaturg. Her work has toured the UK extensively and has also been shown internationally at Malavoadora Porto, Matadero Madrid, Kanagawa Arts Theatre Yokohama, Hessisches Landestheater Marburg, Studiobühne Köln, Frascati Amsterdam, The Basement Auckland, and Abrons Arts Centre New York.
She is also one of the Co-Directors of the award-winning artist-led collective Forest Fringe (www.forestfringe.co.uk), which she runs with Andy Field and Deborah Pearson.
She is a recent graduate of the Masters Programme at DAS Theatre, Amsterdam (2019).
Ira is the UK guest performer in Collective Utópico’s Virtual Residency hosted by LIFT.