Ep. 30: Brazilian Dance with Deborah Colker; Low Born by Kerry Hudson; Wasfi Kani on Porgy and Bess
Stance meets Brazil's most famous choreographer, Deborah Colker. Career highlights include winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 2001; writing, directing and choreographing the Cirque du Soleil show, Ovo; to creating one of the biggest shows of her career - the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics opening ceremony featuring over 3000 performers.
In her latest award-winning show, Dog without Feathers, she uses dance to explore the mythology of the people of Brazil's Capibaribe River in the northeastern region of Pernambuco. Using inspiration from the poem Cão sem Plumas by the country’s most influential poets, João Cabral de Melo Neto.
Stance catches up with award-winning and best selling author, Kerry Hudson, to discuss her new book, Low Born - Growing up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain's Poorest Towns. In this non fiction memoir, she paints a vivid picture of growing up in poverty whilst on the move with her mum and sister.
Stance speaks to her about her journey revisiting the towns she grew up in, from the suburbs of Aberdeen and Glasgow, all the way down to the outskirts of Newcastle, Norwich and Canterbury, to try to discover what being poor really means in Britain today.
Stance Cultural Shoutouts:
Audio - Podcasts & Radio
All England Tennis Club Podcast on the story of Althea Gibson
Plantain Papers - by Lemara Lindsay-Prince, Tahirah Edwards-Byfield & Tamika Abaka-Wood.
London College of Fashion’s Design and Politics Season - Stance Podcast will host free events on Saturday 7th September from 2pm.
Cover Photo: Bess (Laquita Mitchell) and Porgy (Musa Ngqungwana), Porgy and Bess - Photography by Richard Hubert Smith