Ep. 17: Modern Mumbai; A Ballet Collaboration with Zakir Hussain; Playwright Natasha Gordon
Stance visits India to meet street educators, young LGBTQ activists and visual artists that are all changing the face of modern Mumbai. Plus we meet with with Grammy Award-winning musician, Zakir Hussain, and visionary choreographer, Alonzo King, at the world premiere of their new co-creation, Sutra to discuss the importance of artistic collaboration. Finally, we speak to actor and playwright, Natasha Gordon whose first ever play, Nine Night, is debuting at London’s prestigious National Theatre.
We speak to Jyoti Kalle from the Navjyot Foundation which is a school on the streets of Bandra in Mumbai that has been running for twenty years. They educate local street children of mostly construction workers.
We catch up with Ramya Pandyan (a.k.a. Idea Smith) and Dr.Ishmeet Nagpal from SXonomics - SXonomics is a feminist project that uses art and performance to address issues of gender politics, sexuality and more.
We also speak to Praful Baweja - one of the founders of the Queer Azadi Pride March to hear more about life in Mumbai for the LGBTQ community.
We profile actor and playwright Natasha Gordon to talk about her brilliant debut play Nine Night at the National Theatre. Directed by Roy Alexander Weise with a cast including Cecilia Noble, Nine Night is a touching and very funny exploration of the rituals of family and mourning within Jamaican culture.