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Flora Thompson Biography, Ruins at Tate Britain, Ravel

Presented by Anne McElvoy. With Richard Mabey on his biography of Flora Thompson, our fascination with images of decay and destruction, and choreographer Richard Alston.

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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45 minutes

Music and featured items

  • Flora Thompson

    Richard Mabey talks about his new book on Lark Rise to Candleford author Flora Thompson.

    Duration: 15:56

  • Maurice Ravel

    Sonatine for piano, 1st movement; Modéré

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
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  • Richard Alston on Ravel

    Richard Alston on his dance piece, 'Shimmer', which explores the music of Ravel.

    Duration: 11:45

  • Ruin Lust

    Brian Dillon and Amanda Hopkinson discuss the appeal of images of decay and destruction.

    Duration: 16:48

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.

 


Ruins

Ruins

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. 

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Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Richard Mabey
Presenter Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest Amanda Hopkinson
Interviewed Guest Richard Alston
Producer Natalie Steed
Interviewed Guest Brian Dillon

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