Bodas de Sangre
Best known in the English world today as Blood Wedding.
The original text
It was written in 1932 and first performed in Madrid in March 1933 under Lorca's own direction and later that year in Buenos Aires. The Spanish text was published in the same year.
The play deals with issues such as the cycle of life, the progression of time, choice, deception, fate, and nature, and emphasizes. Theatre critics have often grouped it with Yerma and The House of Bernarda Alba.
Translations and adaptations
There are a number of English translations of the play. Among them:
Bitter Oleander by José A. Weissman (or and first performed on Broadway in 1935.
Blood Wedding by Langston Hughes
Published as Blood Wedding by James Graham-Lujan and Richard L. O'Connell in Three tragedies of Federico Garcia Lorca. New Directions, 1955.
Performance history in South Africa
1998: Produced multilingually under the title Blood Wedding by the University of Cape Town Drama Department on the centenary of the author's birth, directed by Geoffrey Hyland and Sandra Temmingh. With Anel Hamersma, Thain Torres, Busisiswe Pakade, Michelle Gautschi, William Prophet, Riana Alfreds, Sebalo Vinger, Vaneshree Lingham. UCT Arena Theatre. In this production the dialogue was in at least four languages: Afrikaans, English, Xhosa and Tamil.
2005: Produced as a collaborative reworking between the La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre and Adéle Blank's Free Flight Dance Company , choreographed by Geoffrey Hyland. This production opened at the Oude Libertas Theatre in January and was subsequently seen at the KKNK and at the Johannesburg's Civic Theatre. Also at the Suidoosterfees in January 2006.
World Drama, by Allardyce Nicoll. Harrap, 1949.
Cape Times, 1 September 1998.
Die Burger, 27 April 2005.
Sunday Independent, 28 August 2005.
Various entries in the NELM catalogue.
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