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David

06-01-01, 05:45 PM (GMT)
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"passion for Martha"
 
   "Whose night's were rendered sleepless by their passion for Martha?"

Any clues or sources will be very welcome. It is not Sleepless in Seattle but could well be stage/dance/film. Note it is "their" (plural) passion


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: passion for Martha Jim 06-01-01 1
  RE: passion for Martha Stephanie Wragg 08-01-01 2
     RE: passion for Martha Jim 08-01-01 3
         RE: passion for Martha Catherine 08-01-01 4
     RE: passion for Martha Stephanie Wragg 08-01-01 5
         RE: passion for Martha Catherine 08-01-01 6
             RE: passion for Martha Catherine 08-01-01 7
                 RE: passion for Martha David 09-01-01 8
                     RE: passion for Martha Kate R 09-01-01 9
                         RE: passion for Martha David 10-01-01 10
                             RE: passion for Martha Kate R 10-01-01 11
                             RE: passion for Martha David 12-01-01 12

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Jim

06-01-01, 06:24 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: passion for Martha"
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   >"Whose night's were rendered sleepless by
>their passion for Martha?"

It might be the Wilis in Giselle. The queen of the Wilis (commonly refered to as Myrtha, which is of course a variation on Martha) kept her minions dancing all night when some hapless fellow wandered into her territory...


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Stephanie Wragg

08-01-01, 03:46 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: passion for Martha"
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   I don't know what clue this is for...a crossword?

But I think it could have to do with Martha Graham...didn't she create a piece called Night Journey? I don't have access to my reference books here but could check at home. It surely has a mythological inspiration and must refer to a caracter dancing opposite the caracter danced by Martha Graham.

I am not convinced by the MArtha/Myrtha theory... especially since the men dancing the night away are their for their beloved and not for Myrtha.


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Jim

08-01-01, 05:12 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: passion for Martha"
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   >I am not convinced by the MArtha/Myrtha theory...

Neither am I, but that was all I could think of at the time. Yours sounds much more reasonable


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Catherine

08-01-01, 06:21 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: passion for Martha"
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   In a ballet of Martha Graham called Temptation of the moon, The man is called velvet night, and the girl is called crescent moon. It's perhaps that it's on Bartok music


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Stephanie Wragg

08-01-01, 07:03 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: passion for Martha"
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   Night Journey? I don't have access to my reference books
>here but could check at home.

***I've just checked: The piece is called Night Journey with music by William Schuman and was premiered in 1947.

The story: the classical myth of Oedipus(Ross), seen in flashback from the point of view of Jocasta (Graham), his mother and later his wife. Also features the caracter of Tiresias (Cohan).

I couldn't find anything on Temptation of the Moon suggested by Catherine.

DAVID: Please let us know the results of your quest!


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Catherine

08-01-01, 07:40 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: passion for Martha"
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   Temptations of Moon is a ballet of 15' who tells the story of love between Night Velvet and Crescent Moon with the arrival of a stranger who try to seduct Night Velvet.


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Catherine

08-01-01, 07:40 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: passion for Martha"
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   David,
Do you have other questions like that in your Quizz ?


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David

09-01-01, 04:45 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: passion for Martha"
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   Other questions are:
"Where would one presumably epect the dancers to be attired in fur?"

"In which place would dancing leave one literally breathless?"

"Which lovers flight could well be said to have landed them in the soup?"

"From whom did a chorus of yums provoke a dietary revolt?"

"Which sport's use of buried gunpowder presumably ensures a deafening result?"

Any clues before 2.00 pm (UK time) on Wednesday 10th will be very gratefully received.


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Kate R

09-01-01, 09:57 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: passion for Martha"
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   Chorus of yums is "I won't eat people" or something
like that by Flanders and Swan. It might be called The Reluctant Cannibal. There is a line in the song "a chorus of yums ran around the table"


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David

10-01-01, 02:42 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: passion for Martha"
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   Kate R.

You are an angel. that is absolutely perfect as the answer. (June, the Reluctant Cannibal).

Many thanks.

David


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Kate R

10-01-01, 05:39 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: passion for Martha"
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   Err - why June? Was that the cannibal's name? Do you need to name them or is The Reluctant Cannibal enough? I May have a tape of it at home if that would help or are we too late?


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David

12-01-01, 11:05 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: passion for Martha"
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   I found all the words on MSN search .

June is the name of the Reluctant Cannibal and, more surprisingly, June is a man!

The quiz answers are out tomorrow. My fingers are crossed as I think that, with the help of many, I have done reasonably well.


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