Written by Maggie Nelson
Reading Designed by Dr. Omkar Bhatkar
An NCPA Presentation in collaboration with Metamorphosis Theatre and Films.
Bluets by Maggie Nelson winds its way through depression, divinity, alcohol, and desire, visiting along the way with famous blue figures, including Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Yves Klein, Leonard Cohen and Andy Warhol. While its narrator sets out to construct a sort of ‘pillow book’ about her lifelong obsession with the colour blue, she ends up facing down both the painful end of an affair and the grievous injury of a dear friend. Bluets is an extremely unusual book. Though it is about Nelson’s obsession with, love for, the colour blue; it is also about a love affair that has ended; it is also about Nelson’s life, in a jumping-in-and-out way. It is about pain and loss, and always about blue. It takes the form of 240 “propositions”. About 200 propositions from the book shall be read by an eclectic mix of readers interspersed with the sounds of an acoustic guitar to create the blue effect.
The book reading is conceptualised by Dr. Omkar Bhatkar. He writes and directs plays and makes independent feature films and documentaries. He has been teaching Film and Aesthetics and involved in theatre making, poetry, and cinema for a decade now and hopes to die painting. He is the artistic director of Metamorphosis Theatre and Films and the co-founder and Head of St. Andrew’s Centre for Philosophy and Performing Arts.
Admission on a first-come-first-served basis.