Voice from the Black Box: Sylvain Bemba's <i>Black Wedding Candles for Blessed Antigone</i>

Barbara Goff and Michael Simpson

in Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586196
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728754 | DOI:

Series: Classical Presences

Voice from the Black Box: Sylvain Bemba's Black Wedding Candles for Blessed Antigone

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This chapter analyses Sylvain Bemba's 1988 play Noces Posthumes de Santigone (Black Wedding Candles for Blessed Antigone). It argues that Bemba's play dramatises the fragility of communication within two cultural traditions, of which one is identified with the African Griot, while the other is associated with Sophocles's Antigone. It demonstrates how, in multiple ways, the play's characters resist both the political erasure of cultural memory and the fragility of intercultural communication.

Keywords: Greek tragedy; Antigone; reception; intercultural communication; theatre; classics; Sylvain Bemba

Chapter.  7530 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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