Ep. 19: Class Ceiling in the Arts, Jessie Ware, Hofesh Shechter
Stance has produced an in-depth report exploring the class ceiling in the arts. Recent report, ‘Panic! It’s An Arts Emergency’, unearthed alarming statistics about the number of working class people in the arts in Britain. Stance debates this subject with voices including the co-author of the report, Dr Orian Brook, academic and sociologist Dr Lisa McKenzie, and visual artist Joy Miessi.
Stance also speaks to Lynsey Hanley, one of the leading voices in Britain contributing to the discussions around class and equality. Lynsey is a journalist and author of Estates: An Intimate History - looking at the history of social housing in the UK, and recent bestseller ‘Respectable: The Experience of Class.’
Stance profiles Mercury-nominated and internationally acclaimed British singer Jessie Ware. Jessie burst onto the underground scene with collaborations with the likes of SBTRKT and Sampha. A decade later, she has had her first baby, is onto her third album, Glasshouse and is halfway through her worldwide tour. Stance speaks to Jessie at her London home.
Stance has a sneak preview of East Wall, taking place at Tower of London this month. The extraordinary outdoor performance will see over 150 dancers and musicians fill the moat of the tower, inspired by the stories of the communities that have grown up around this iconic London landmark in East London.