The Riddle

1991

Video 22 minutes, English/Spanish/Dutch

Lo-band U-matic Video, incorporating Super 8 film (GB)

Price DVD: 50 Euros

Made during a residency at the Media Park, Bracknell (GB)

A DVD with German subtitles edited by Rainer Nelissen was produced in 2009, German translation, Tanya Ury & Amin Farzanefar.

Trailer 3:15 minutes

 

 

The Riddle is based on the Eleusinian Mysteries, the Greek myth of Demeter, the earth goddess, whose daughter Persephone, representing spring and rebirth, is banned to the Underworld. The piece traces the early life of a Spanish woman living in England. Romantic speculations for the future are thwarted by a sexual attack and the possible outcome of a pregnancy. Issues of mortality are debated by prospective children in an imaginary under or other world.

 

 

Information
Direction, Script, Edit: Tanya Ury
Camera: Tanya Ury, Mark Browne
Actors: Mark Browne, Natalia Farran-Graves, Paul Gibson, Catherine Rathwell, Philip White
Donna Griffiths and Piyush Bharania at the Reading Centre for the Deaf
Music: Extracts from “Persephone“ by Stravinsky
Folksong “The Riddle“ anon. sung by Natalia Farran-Graves

 

Trailer 3:15 minutes