THE ESCAPE ACT
A Holocaust Memoir
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.
THE BARBETTE PROJECT
Gender Performance and Queer Bodies
Supported by Arts Council England, Jacksons Lane, The BindleStiff Family Circus 1st of May Award, and The NoFit State Circus Transitions Micro Fund.
A show that's part historical research, part autobiographical explorations of gender then and now, in a mix of theatre, circus, video projections and live art. This is the true story of Barbette*, a legendary gender-bending trapeze artist, woven with the lived experiences of LGBT+ people and circus artists today.
This show is currently being researched and devised by Stav Meishar and a small team of LGBT+ artists. We're looking at how concepts of gender set by society are affecting us and trying out different exercises to explore these themes, drawing on our own experiences as well as survey responses we’ve collected from LGBT+ people, particularly those in the circus industry.