As a queen of dislocation, Iona is a feral imp, a wild child with a mesmerising presence in performances that lie somewhere between dance, circus and ritual. We were first aware of Iona as the oscillating body at the front of the stage in Alain Platel’s VSPRS, a reinvention of Monteverdi’s Vespers.
“Getting lost in her clothes, Iona tied herself in knots, her legs appeared where her arms should be as she cavorted and created physical mayhem with her body. She is technically brilliant and entirely unique as both a performer and a visual artist. We first worked together for the inaugural circus festival at the Roundhouse, Circus Front, in an evening of contemporary contortion. Her work has since developed from a solo to a duet and, with support from Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe, Crying Out Loud is now helping her to move forward to create a group show.” Rachel Clare