Name: Irina Abraham
What is your current project? The (Last) Station – a play based on an avant garde text by Eugene Myzica
Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?
We are starting our play off at Dixon Place on April 7th. We are a company that relies on venues and festivals that welcome experimentation and open their doors to young theatre companies that are building their audiences and are constantly searching for their own unique theatre language. The spirit of adventure, constant artistic search and dedication to the process are all of utmost importance in our work. We feel that Dixon Place and the audience it attracts are in tune with our vision.
What’s next for you?
We are preparing to perform at The Planet Connections Festival. This venue will be very different from Dixon Place main stage. We are always excited to adjust our shows for different spaces and learn from the feedback we receive. Each new venue is a new adventure.
What is the name of the last show you saw?
Last Work by Batsheva Dance Company. What was most fascinating is how dance affects the audience in a very direct and emotional way bypassing the intellect. The show was both meditative and passionate. It was very inspiring to watch and learn from this company.
Any advice for your peers?
Have fun. The moment you feel this whole theater/film business is turning into endless heavy lifting and a source of stress, take a pause, breath in and think of where the joy could have gone. Find it. Keep playing.
Irina started as a classical and ballroom dancer in Belarus. She traveled Europe with dance companies and eventually an Experimental Youth Theater company. In 2007, Irina came to NYC and studied at HB Studio with Aleksey Burago and Snezhana Chernova, Ilse Pfeifer and Michael Blake. In 2010 her teachers, other actors, love, Spring and New York inspired her to direct her first show Playgrounded. It played at HB Studio and Manhattan Repertory Theatre in NYC and the magic of theater began. From 2010 to 2014 Irina worked as a choreographer and actor with such companies as the Russian Arts Theater & Studio, Nylon Fusion Theater Company, Yangtze Repertory Theater of America, the Bedlam Ensemble, etc. In 2014 Irina co-directed Requiem by Hanoch Levin that was produced by the Tank Theater. She grew to love cinematic language and played leading roles in According to Her (2015, feature film, dir. Estelle Artus) and The Girl On The Ledge (2015, feature film, dir. Paul Rothman), she also appeared on TV Shows such as The Americans and The Blacklist. In 2014 Irina co-founded Necessary I.T.E.M.S. Project. In 2016, Irina also joined the innovative Off Off Broadway Theatre Company Blessed Unrest.
When: April 7th
Where: Dixon Place
Address: 161A Chrystie Street
Website/Ticketing URL: http://dixonplace.org/performances/the-last-station/