Blood Wedding, our immortal love story
Why does Blood Wedding continue to captivate? Is it really based on a true story? Lorca's play speaks of the destiny of two lovers who symbolise the power of passion. This bond transcends the written word through the perspective of Lita Cabellut: the artist has transformed the depiction of a tragic love story into a work of art.
Passion turned legend
In 1928, Federico García Lorca read a story in the news about two lovers who defied fate: a bride ran away with the love of her life during her wedding, and a family drama unfolded.
The event, which happened in a village in Almería, touched something in the poet, planting the seed that would grow into Blood Wedding. The play has captivated audiences since its premiere in 1933, perhaps because every life harbours impossible passions and unspeakable secrets.
Scenes, verses and emotions
Blood Wedding portrays, in prose and verse, a time when interests and social norms were more important than what the heart desired. Marriage was an agreement in which love played no part: what mattered was that all those involved (bride, groom, family and guests) played a role that had already been written.
“Let’s find some dark corner,
where I can always love you,
where people will not matter
nor the venom they engender”.
The secret bond that unites the lovers together transcends reason. It is a passion that drives the bride, without thinking of the consequences, to flee her wedding with her true love, a young man married to another woman.
However, if the love that unites the runaway lovers is pure passion, so is the bitterness that separates their families. And the couple's impudence transforms a long-dormant feeling into a thirst for revenge.
“I too would leave you
if I thought as they do.
But I’ll go where you go.
You too. Take a step. Come.
Splinters of moonlight pierce
my waist and your hips”.
The inspiration of Lita Cabellut
Blood Wedding is a highly symbolic play that served as ARTIKA’s inspiration for a project that would translate Lorca's classic into images. Lita Cabellut accepted the challenge, and the result is an artist's book teeming with light, colour and emotion.
Lita Cabellut, one of our most celebrated artists, has managed to recreate the story of a tragic passion. Her drawings, both powerful and beautiful, bring the soul of the characters to life and provide a fresh reading of Blood Wedding, now reinterpreted into an exclusive work of art.
Discover Blood Wedding. The artist's book that marries two creative worlds: Lorca's play and the magic of Lita Cabellut.