Ep. 30: Brazilian Dance with Deborah Colker; Low Born by Kerry Hudson; Wasfi Kani on Porgy and Bess

 


Dog Without Feathers - Deborah Colker

Dog Without Feathers - Deborah Colker

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.

Choreographer, Deborah Colker

Choreographer, Deborah Colker

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.

Kerry Hudson - Photography Eleonore de Bonneval

Kerry Hudson - Photography Eleonore de Bonneval

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. 

Low Born by Kerry Hudson

Low Born by Kerry Hudson

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.

Chorus - Photography by Richard Lewisohn

Chorus - Photography by Richard Lewisohn

And, Stance was given exclusive access into the rehearsals of the upcoming George Gershwin Opera Porgy and Bess. We interview Wasfi Kani OBE, Artistic Director of Grange Park Opera which is considered one of the leading Opera companies in the UK.

Crown- Donovan Singletary Photography by Richard Hubert Smith

Crown- Donovan Singletary Photography by Richard Hubert Smith

Stance Cultural Shoutouts:

Art:

Not Just a Refugee by  Adiam Yemane 

Audio - Podcasts & Radio

All England Tennis Club Podcast on the story of Althea Gibson

Books

Plantain Papers - by Lemara Lindsay-Prince, Tahirah Edwards-Byfield & Tamika Abaka-Wood. 

Event

 London College of Fashion’s Design and Politics Season - Stance Podcast will host free events on Saturday 7th September from 2pm.

Music

Do You Love Her  - Jai Paul 


Cover Photo: Bess (Laquita Mitchell) and Porgy (Musa Ngqungwana),  Porgy and Bess - Photography by Richard Hubert Smith

 
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