Theater: “Tale of Black Histories”


The Library of Glissant Studies recently published that there will be a staged reading and public discussion by Asante Children’s Theatre (Indianapolis) and SIYAJ Theater Company (Guadeloupe) of “Tale of Black Histories,” a play created by Édouard Glissant. This event is sponsored in the context of the 65th Annual Meeting for the Society for French Historical Studies. It will take place on Saturday, April 6, at Hine Hall, Indiana University (located at 875 West North Street, Indianapolis, Indiana).

Description: Tale of Black Histories was originally written and performed in French (Histoire du nègre) by members of the Institute for Martinican Studies in 1971. This avant-garde theater experience explores the history of Afro-Caribbean peoples through the periods of slavery, independence movements, and the Civil Rights era. Members of Asante Children’s Theatre of Indianapolis will read from the first-ever English translation of the play under the direction of Gilbert Laumord, artistic director, SIYAJ Theater Company, Guadeloupe. A short lecture by the play’s translators, Dr. Andrew Daily (University of Memphis) and Dr. Emily Sahakian (University of Georgia), will precede the reading. Public discussion will follow.

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