Flora Thompson Biography, Ruins at Tate Britain, Ravel

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As Radio 3 prepares for Ravel Day tomorrow Anne McElvoy talks to the choreographer Richard Alston whose dance piece, 'Shimmer', explored the music of Ravel's 'Sonatine' and 'Miroirs'.

There's a discussion about the ongoing fascination with ruins; whether a picturesque castle ruin glimpsed through the mist or the eerie photographs of an abandoned Detroit. Why do artists, and audiences, continue to seek out images of decay and destruction? Anne talks to the curator of a new exhibition at Tate Britain and the writer, Amanda Hopkinson.

Lark Rise to Candleford has been reinvented by theatre and television, and even Danny Boyle's Olympic opening extravaganza owed a debt to the idea of rural England that Flora Thompson created and recorded in her books. Anne talks to the nature writer Richard Mabey about his latest book 'The Life of Flora Thompson and the creation of Lark Rise to Candleford.'

Producer: Natalie Steed.

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Richard Alston

Richard Alston

Shimmer which is danced to Ravel’s Sonatine (1903-05), Oiseax Tristes, une Barque sur l’Ocean, La Vallee des Cloches from Miroirs (1904-05) will be performed at Nottingham Playhouse Tuesday 29 April and Churchill Theatre in Bromley on Wednesday 7 May.

Ravel Day is on Radio 3 tomorrow.

Image: Richard Alston, 2012. © Hugo Glendinning. 

Flora Thompson

Flora Thompson

Dreams of the Good Life: Flora Thompson and the creation of Lark Rise to Candleford by Richard Mabey is available now in hardback and e-book.

Image: Olivia Hallinan in the BBC One drama series Lark Rise To Candleford. © BBC.




Ruin Lust is at Tate Britain until 18th May 2014.

Gallery: Images from the Ruin Lust exhibition

Image: Jane and Louise Wilson - Azeville 2006.Tate, © Jane and Louise Wilson. 


Role Contributor
Interviewed GuestRichard Mabey
PresenterAnne McElvoy
Interviewed GuestAmanda Hopkinson
Interviewed GuestRichard Alston
ProducerNatalie Steed
Interviewed GuestBrian Dillon

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