Brave New Worlds
Poetry, prose and musicon the theme of the future. With words from Margaret Atwood, Tennyson and Shelley, as well as music from Tallis, Berlioz and Stockhausen.
Ideas of the future have provided artists with the freedom of imagination to envisage new worlds, drive through change and reinvent traditional art forms. These imagined worlds might be oddly familiar, but ones where robots shoulder the burden of manual labour or fear stalks the streets of a rain washed, sky-scraper city. In religious texts, the philosophical musings of the Metaphysical poets or in sci-fi and other genre fiction this imagination has given rise to both utopian and dystopian visions.
Obsession with the future has also inspired composers to drive through change and reinvent their own art form, pushing the boundaries of composition.
With words from Margaret Atwood, Tennyson and Shelley and music from Tallis, Berlioz and Stockhausen.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
The Time Machine
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
My future will not copy fair my past
Sailing to Byzantium
The Handmaid’s Tale
Love in a Space Suit