The first Stance Takes explores the cultural significance of award-winning surrealist TV drama comedy, Atlanta by FX. Donald Glover has been described as a “one of Hollywood’s most exciting and in-demand creative minds” today and he recently made history as being the first black person to win an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a comedy series. Expect an immersive audio experience filled with music, analysis and snippets from the hit series as its second season comes to a close.
Stanceexplores the notion of Coming of Age, what it means to young people, how its expressed and celebrated across many cultures and depicted through film and experienced through music. We speak to award-winning playwright and poet Inua Ellams about his critically acclaimed play, Barber Shop Chronicles, which is now touring internationally. And, lastly we catch up with Eno Williams, the lead singer of Nigerian/UK Electronic 8-piece band, Ibibio Sound Machine.
Stance dissects the great British obsession - class - featuring a special in-depth report focusing on the creative industries. We break down the issues surrounding this inequality and explore what needs to change as we hear from some of the working class artists leading in this debate. Voices include sociologist Dr Lisa Mckenzie, visual artist Joy Miessi, fresh art critic duo The White Pube, Arts Council Senior Officer Hassan Mahamdallie, David Mumeni, founder of Open Door, and Lynsey Hanley, one of Britain’s leading commentators around class and equality in Britain. We interview Mercury-nominated singer and songwriter Jessie Ware and we catch up with star of the dance world, Hofesh Shechter, ahead of his mammoth community-led project set in the Tower of London.
Stance investigates PTSD and how people living in violent neighborhoods are developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at rates as high, if not higher, than veterans who served on the frontline in Iraq. We find out more about how this mental health condition can result from a larger array of sources than previously known. We speak to the thorn in government of China’s side, activist and member of the feminist 5, Li Maizi. And lastly we hear from filmmaker and photographer Khalik Allah at the West Coast Premiere of his highly acclaimed film, Black Mother.
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.
Stance looks at the changing face of drugs, including a special report from California on weed and LSD. Plus, we hear about the sacred plant, Iboga, from the forest of Gabon, known as one of the strongest psychedelic drugs on the planet. We meet with award-winning choreographer and director Holly Blakey, ahead of her London show, Cowpuncher. And we speak to writer Nikesh Shukla to find out more about his new novel, The One Who Wrote Destiny.