A performance about dominance and submission.
The ways we give in, and the ways we take control. Physically, psychologically, sexually, socially. Through the body, through language, and through structures of power.
Ways To Submit invites you in to a fantasy, a game, a dialogue, a performance, a fight: a series of duets in which power is at work.
Way to Submit examines what it means to play with dominance and tries to understand the body – and the performance space – as a site of resistance and a site of succumbing. It explores what it means to play at dominance and submission. And who has the privilege to ‘play’?
Performer Ira Brand uses a seemingly simple yet very playful frame to stage a series of complex, and always different, encounters: aggressive, angry, tender, playful, dangerous, surprising or predictable in equal measure.
The audience become implicated in the action, as fighters themselves, or as witnesses, as voyeurs, they are asked: How do we act? What do we want to see? What are we responsible for, individually and collectively? What does it mean to play in these dynamics? And what does it take for something truly unexpected to happen?
A fantastic and constantly surprising piece of theatre that discusses power on multiple levels' ★★★★ The Spy In The Stalls (UK)
conceived, written and performed by Ira Brand dramaturgy by Jo Bannon lighting and technical design by Jo Palmer financial support by the National Lottery through Arts Council England commissioned by The Yard Theatre supported by Cambridge Junction and The Marlborough Theatre
Ira Brand is an artist, performance-maker, writer, and curator. 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.
Her work has toured the UK extensively and has also been shown internationally. Ira is also one of the Co-Directors of award-winning artist-led collective Forest Fringe, with whom she has delivered projects as an artist and producer across the UK and internationally.
She is a recent graduate of the Masters Programme at DAS Theatre, Amsterdam. During Frascati Issues Trip to HEAL (May 2019) she showed a preview of her graduation work Ways to Submit.