Ira Brami is a performance artist, mask-maker and artistic director. For the Memory of Water project, Ira Brami represented our Greek partner, the Municipality of Levadia. In this episode of our podcast, she describes the experience of working with retired shipyard worker, Mrs. Ula Ściubeł in Poland, and with community activist, Helen Kyle in Scotland during the international residency programme. She also describes returning to Levadia in Greece during the easing of COVID-19 restrictions to engage with the artists and communities of the river city for her final artwork.
Since childhood, Ira has been studying dance and music. At the age of eighteen, she moved to England to study English after which she studied at the Artez Academy of Arts in the Netherlands and at the Drama School of Athens in Greece. She has many years’ experience as a performer, as well as in the creation and presentation of theatre and performance works. Ira has worked in Greece, Poland, Denmark and the Netherlands on projects ranging in scale from intimate to large-scale festivals. She also teaches theatre and mask-work through immersive workshops. Ira was born in Greece but she enjoys working and living in different countries to experience diverse cultures.
About Memory of Water:
Memory of Water (2018–2021) is an artist-led project exploring post-industrial waterfront heritage in the context of community development and urban planning. Over two years, the participating artists and partners from six countries are collaborating on twenty-three interconnected activities including City Labs, an international residency programme, and a filmed documentary.
Funded by Creative Europe, the project is developed and delivered by members of the River Cities Platform Foundation. Ormston House is responsible for the Artistic Direction of the project supported by the Creative Europe Ireland Desk, the Arts Council of Ireland, and Limerick Culture & Arts Office, Limerick City & County Council. Our partners are Stad Ostend in Belgium, the Municipality of Levadia in Greece, Nadbaltyckie Centrum Kultury in Poland, Fablevision in Scotland, and Intercult in Sweden.