A touring one-person show based on the life of Irene Danner. A Jewish acrobat, Irene witnessed the rise of the Nazi Party as a teenager and survived the Holocaust hiding at a German circus.
In this feat of dynamic physical storytelling, using puppetry, aerial acrobatics & rare archival footage, Stav Meishar, a grandchild of Holocaust survivors, charts Irene's life from youth to epic escape, and the budding of a new circus family.
Blending past and present through the intertwining voices of storyteller and heroine; this stirring work is a powerful reminder of the positive impact courageous acts can have for generations to come.
The Escape Act is the accumulation of over seven years of historic research, and challenges audiences to examine questions of empathy, antisemitism and multigenerational-trauma.