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Gabriel Gbadamosi launches a new Night Waves series on the best of new European writing. Why don't the British read European contemporary fiction when bookshops in Copenhagen, Berlin or Prague will have translations of the leading British authors filling their shelves? Ask many of the most voracious readers in this country to name a living Italian, German or Czech literary figure beyond their Nobel winners and they may be stumped.

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Javier de Frutos
Gabriel Gbadamosi talks to the controversial Venezuelan-born dancer turned choreographer Javier De Frutos, who has just taken over as artistic director of the Leeds based Phoenix Dance Theatre.

De Frutos has become renowned for pushing dance to new extremes and his new work demands his all male troupe to perform naked and blood splattered.

For Night Waves Javier De Frutos talks about his passion for dance, about his new season, and about the new work which uses music from Stravinsky and a storyline based on a wild stag night.

Muses
As Factory Girl, the biopic of society girl and muse to Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, arrives in cinemas another former muse is also making headlines.

Lydia Corbett, then known as Sylvette David, was the teenaged 'girl with a pony tail' who caught the eye of Pablo Picasso in 1954.

Having inspired over 40 pieces of work by the great artist she now has an exhibition of her own paintings running in Devon.

Night Waves invites two female art critics, Linda Nochlin and Sarah Kent, to ask what's the role of the muse now, whether men can be muses and whether the muse is a serious artistic figure or too often just a piece of sexual window dressing.

Days of Glory
Plus there's a review of Days Of Glory, the film about Algerian soldiers in World War II that recently spurred a change in the law in France.

Days of Glory is on release from 29 March.




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