The White Book
Written by Han Kang
Reading Designed by Dr. Omkar Bhatkar
An NCPA Presentation in collaboration with Metamorphosis Theatre and Films
From the winner of the Man Booker International Prize for The Vegetarian comes a book like no other. The White Book by Han Kang is a meditation on colour, beginning with a list of white things. It is a book about mourning, rebirth and the tenacity of the human spirit. It is a stunning investigation of the fragility, beauty and strangeness of life. ‘A brilliant psychogeography of grief, moving as it does between place, history, and memory… Poised and never flinches from serene dignity … The White Book is a mysterious text, perhaps in part a secular prayer book … Translated seamlessly [from Korean] by [Deborah] Smith, The White Book succeeds in reflecting Han’s urgent desire to transcend pain with language’.
The book reading is designed by Dr. Omkar Bhatkar and uses movement, music and visual aesthetics along with the text. He writes and directs plays and makes independent feature films and documentaries. He teaches film and aesthetics and is involved in theatre-making, poetry and cinema for a decade. He is the artistic director of Metamorphosis Theatre Inc. and the Co-founder and Head of St. Andrew’s Centre for Philosophy & Performing Arts.
Admission on a first-come-first-served basis.