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David

06-01-01, 05:40 PM (GMT)
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"Breathless"
 
   "In which place would dancing leave one literally breathless?"
Can you help with this quiz question. It probably refers to a book but I need a sound reference point. All clues welcome.


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  RE: Breathless Richard J 06-01-01 1
     RE: Breathless Wendy Glavis 06-01-01 2
         RE: Breathless Richard J 07-01-01 3
  RE: Breathless Caz 08-01-01 4
     RE: Breathless Jim 08-01-01 5
     RE: Breathless David 09-01-01 6

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Richard J

06-01-01, 09:39 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Breathless"
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   Various balletic characters meet a watery end (so not much chance to breathe), Hilarion (Giselle) and Odette with her Siegfried among them; so you could be justified in saying "anywhere near a lake". On the other hand, the Chosen One dances herself to death in The Rite of Spring, so another answer is possibly "somewhere in prehistoric Russia".

However, I think I would have to go for the Italian city of Taranto (at least it's a specific place). It was there in the 14th century that the citizens were said to dance non-stop when bitten by a tarantula spider, so that they sweated out the spider's poison. The result was the birth of the tarantella. Presumably the victims were breathless by the end of the dance, or else they finished up breathless because the spider won; either way it is a plausible answer, and hopefully a happy end for the good people of Taranto.


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Wendy Glavis

06-01-01, 10:08 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Breathless"
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   There's an underwater ballet scene in the opera 'Sadko'. And another underwater scene in 'The Little Hump-backed Horse'.


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Richard J

07-01-01, 10:16 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Breathless"
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   Apart from the underwater scene (with special mention of Esther Williams and the Ziegfield Follies), there is the literal option.

Kenny G's publication "Breathless" contains lots of songs; Jean-Luc Godard directed a film "Breathless" (I think); and in the play "Dancing at Lughnasa" (which has also been filmed) one of the sisters is certainly out of breath after a spot of ballroom dancing with their star-dancer visitor... Happy hunting.


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Caz

08-01-01, 05:23 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Breathless"
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   How about the Haunted Ballroom, where the hero (I forget his name) was forced to dance himself to death by his ancestors in one version of the story? Or Hilarion in Giselle. Actually there are plenty of possible answers to this 'un...


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Jim

08-01-01, 07:39 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Breathless"
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   > where the hero (I forget his name)

Treginnis. I saw it at the Ninette de Valois gala - y'know, the one where Beryl Grey squeezed my hand


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David

09-01-01, 05:52 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Breathless"
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   Thanks for this answer. It looks good.

Do you have a link to the full storyline?

There are very few references I can find on the web and I have a couple of other options for the answer. Based on the nature of the quiz this could be right though.

I need some validation. The quiz closes at 3.00 pm London time Wednesday 10th.


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