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Night Waves

25 January 2005

Tuesday 25 January 2005 22:00-22:30 (Radio 3)

Anthony Caro on why walking is the key to sculpture; Theatre de Complicite's Simon McBurney on the influence of French teacher of movement, Jacques Lecoq; and how the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard is a man of laughter.


30 minutes

Programme Details

This year Britain's leading sculptor, Anthony Caro, celebrates his 80th birthday, and a retrospective of his work at Tate Britain promises to be the largest ever sculpture show there to date. Caro radicalised British sculpture by taking it off the plinth and making it something to be walked around, alongside, even through. And he combined this with abstraction in such works as Early One Morning - a series of aluminium tubes and plates, painted red, which evoked the sensation of that time of day for Caro. British sculpture has not looked back since. Paul Allen talks with Anthony Caro about how walking has more to give to sculpture than at first meets the eye.

This year also sees another significant birthday as Britain's best loved radical theatre, Theatre De Complicite celebrates its 21st anniversary. They are marking their survival with a restaging of their classic piece about death - A Minute Too Late  at the National Theatre. Complicite's co-founder and director Simon McBurney, and the writer Franc Chamberlain, talk about the legacy of Jacques Lecoq - the French acting teacher who influenced A Minute Too Late  so greatly and went on to inspire Complicite's distinctive visual style, work and method.

Kate Mosse announces the winner of the Whitbred Book of the Year - be the first to know on Night Waves.

And the writer and philosopher Jonathan Ree reviews a new biography of the founding father of existential philosophy, Soren Kierkegaard. On the 150th anniversary of his death, does it make the author of Fear and Trembling  relevant for the 21st century, and shed any new light on this arguably most sorrowful of philosophers?

Night Waves, live at the later time of ten o'clock, here on BBC Radio 3.

Presenter: Paul Allen
Producer: Ariane Koek

Additional Information:
1) Anthony Caro  opens at Tate Britain from 26 January until 17 April.
2) AnthonyCaro  by Paul Moorhouse andThe Pied Piper of Hamelin: A Colouring Book  by Anthony Caro are published by Tate publishing.
3) SorenKierkegaard - a Biography  by Joakim Garff is published by Princeton University Press.
4) A Minute Too Late  by Theatre De Complicite is at the Lyttelton Theatre until February 26 2005.
5) Details of the Whitbread Book award nominations and the newly announced winner can be found at

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