Stance catches up with Actor and Director powerhouse Adjoa Andoh to find out more about her production of Shakespeare’s Richard II showing at the Globe Theatre in London. It’s the first UK show to be produced entirely by people of colour front and backstage. Stance flew to Bergen in Norway to check out Borealis, an experimental music festival showcasing everything from music to performance art to dance and voice. Voices featured include Last Yearz Interesting Negro with Phoebe Collings-James, Juliana Huxtable, Colin Self, B L A C K I E and more.
Stance profiles London singer and producer NAO to hear about her acclaimed second album, Saturn. Plus, in this month’s feature, Stance explores the many faces of modern yoga - including the voices driving for greater representation in the wellness space, the people that call themselves ‘yogis’, the cult-like controversy surrounding the founder of Bikram yoga, LA’s first instructor that teaches from a wheelchair, and the artist that started the movement #WhitePeopleDoingYoga.
In this episode, we examine some themes within Women and Islam. We discuss the rise of US political figures Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib; plus the Sudanese revolt. We have a discussion with women from the Arabic Diaspora; we uncover the practice of Islam shrouded in mystery - Sufism; and we hear from one of the writers in a seminal new essay collection called It’s Not About The Burqa. We profile rap artist and actor Paigey Cakey and hear about her career and upcoming projects including recent mixtape, Flavours. And lastly, Stance visits La Colonie in Paris, a radical art space for cross-cultural critical thinking created by artist Kader Attia.
We kick off the new year with an exploration of language in our feature, “Way With Words”. How do we preserve our most endangered languages? How does a dialect become a language? Do labels like “Womxn”, “LGBTQIA”, “people of color” and “Latinx” empower or hold people back? What happens when a command of written and verbal language no longer separates robots from humans? We’ll dig into these questions and more. We profile Armina Mussa, visual artist and creative director of Saint Heron - a multidisciplinary creative agency founded by Solange Knowles. Armina shares how a life-changing incident has helped her find her voice in her art.Lastly, we revisit our MIND series exploring links between design and mental health in urban spaces. How is the creative community in London responding to the pressures of city life?
On Beauty - Stance explores its value in society, the ethics surrounding beauty ideals, the objects we treasure, and the beauty rules of Drag. Stance speaks with artist Naeem Mohaiemen, Turner Prize Nominee, to find out more about what inspires his work. And in our current affairs piece, we investigate how neuroscience is being used to promote greater wellbeing in cities, with a new generation of scientists, architects and policymakers.
How can we re-imagine political power? What is the role of culture in the current political climate? These were the questions framing the YBCA 100 Summit in San Francisco - an event recognising some of the most exciting people, organisations and movements changing society for the better. Stance caught up with this year’s honorees writer, director and TV producer, Janet Mock; founder of the Me Too movement, Tarana Burke; award-winning sci-fi and fantasy author, Nnedi Okorafor; poet, writer, actor and producer of Blindspotting, Rafael Casal; and Chief of Programs and Pedagogy at the YBCA, Marc Bamuthi-Joseph, who drives these important socio-political conversations.