Ian Sansom Is Falling

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20170910

Ian Sansom reaches a diminuendo as he investigates the true meaning of falling.

Falling in love, falling from the sky, falling apart, falling in price, falling through the cracks...all of human history can seem like one continuous descent. From man's fall from grace in the Garden of Eden, to the fall of the Roman Empire, Ian Sansom reaches a diminuendo as he investigates the true meaning of falling through literature and music.

With the backdrop of an eerie descent into falling dreams - made out of electronic sound and recorded testimonies by BBC Radiophonic Workshop pioneer, Delia Derbyshire - Ian meets dream expert Ian Wallace, who reveals what falling dreams could mean and why they are among the most common we experience.

He speaks to US artist Kerry Skarbakka, whose performance based photographs capture our existential anxieties through the act of falling.

And in an attempt to understand why falling is so hard-wired into the human psyche, he asks psychologist Roger Bailey why the ultimate act of trust is to blindly fall into the arms of a stranger.

Along the way Ian discovers what attracts stunt-men to the art of the death defying fall and learns the incredible story of the woman who fell two miles to earth from a plane - and lived to tell the tale.

Ian even rediscovers the joy of falling himself, as he's taken into a wrestling ring, and learns how to come crashing down.

The sound of the rushing air, the inevitability of descent. It goes on and on.

Producer: Steven Rainey.

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20170916

Ian Sansom reaches diminuendo as he explores the meaning of falling in literature and art.

Sherlock Holmes is falling.

James Stewart is falling.

Alice. Dorothy. Martha Graham.

King Kong. Thelma and Louise.

Gandalf. Dumbledore.

Mufasa in The Lion King.

Luke Skywalker is falling.

From the fall of Icarus, who fell when he ignored his father's warnings and flew too high on his wings of wax and feathers; to Phaethon, who fell when he was struck by Jupiter's thunderbolt - Ian Sansom investigates the true meaning of falling in art, literature, dance and music.

With the backdrop of an eerie descent into falling dreams - created from electronic sound and recorded testimonies by BBC Radiophonic Workshop pioneer, Delia Derbyshire - Ian meets dream expert Ian Wallace, who reveals what falling dreams could mean and why they are among the most common we experience. He speaks to US artist Kerry Skarbakka, whose performance based photographs capture our existential anxieties through the act of falling. And he asks psychologist Roger Bailey why the fear of falling is so hard-wired into the human psyche.

The sound of the rushing air, the inevitability of descent...it goes on and on.

Producer: Steven Rainey.

20170916

Ian Sansom reaches diminuendo as he explores the meaning of falling in literature and art.

Sherlock Holmes is falling.

James Stewart is falling.

Alice. Dorothy. Martha Graham.

King Kong. Thelma and Louise.

Gandalf. Dumbledore.

Mufasa in The Lion King.

Luke Skywalker is falling.

From the fall of Icarus, who fell when he ignored his father's warnings and flew too high on his wings of wax and feathers; to Phaethon, who fell when he was struck by Jupiter's thunderbolt - Ian Sansom investigates the true meaning of falling in art, literature, dance and music.

With the backdrop of an eerie descent into falling dreams - created from electronic sound and recorded testimonies by BBC Radiophonic Workshop pioneer, Delia Derbyshire - Ian meets dream expert Ian Wallace, who reveals what falling dreams could mean and why they are among the most common we experience. He speaks to US artist Kerry Skarbakka, whose performance based photographs capture our existential anxieties through the act of falling. And he asks psychologist Roger Bailey why the fear of falling is so hard-wired into the human psyche.

The sound of the rushing air, the inevitability of descent...it goes on and on.

Producer: Steven Rainey.