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Orhan Pamuk’s Snow: Staged Reading with Orhan Pamuk (Turkey)

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Oct 24, 2018
Oct 24, 2018
Elebash Recital Hall

Orhan Pamuk’s Snow. Photo © Jean Louis Fernandez

Wednesday, October 24
Elebash Recital Hall
6:30pm Reading + Discussion

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Nobel Prize laureate in Literature Orhan Pamuk called Snow “my first and last political novel.” Set in the small city of Kars in northeastern Turkey, it tells a story of violence and tension between political Islamists, soldiers, secularists, and Kurdish and Turkish nationalists. An international sensation, the novel has been adapted for the stage in France by Blandine Savetier and Waddah Saab. After the American Premiere staged reading, translated by Taylor Gaines, Pamuk joins in conversation with Frank Hentschker, Executive Director of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.

Orhan Pamuk, born 1952, is a Turkish novelist, screenwriter, and academic. One of Turkey’s most prominent novelists, his work has sold over thirteen million books in sixty-three languages, making him the country’s best-selling writer. Pamuk is the author of Silent House, The White Castle, The Black Book, The New Life, and The Museum of Innocence, among others. He is also the Robert Yik-Fong Tam Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, where he teaches writing and comparative literature. He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2018.

After a master in performing arts in Paris and drawing studies, Blandine Savetier trained as an actress with Stanislas Nordey in France and Anatoli Vassiliev in Moscow and Paris. She joined Conservatoire National Supérieur des Arts Dramatiques in Paris in 2003-2004, where she was trained in theatre direction with André Engel, Bob Wilson, and Krystian Lupa. She has mostly directed contemporary works, by authors including Thomas Bernhard, Samuel Beckett, Fernando Pessoa, Jean Genet, and Orhan Pamuk. Her work has been shown in renowned theatres in France and Belgium, including Théâtre du Rond-Point and Théâtre National de la Colline in Paris, Théâtre National de Strasbourg, Théâtre National in Brussels. They have received enthusiastic reviews in national newspapers. Her production of The President by Thomas Bernhard won the critics’ choice award.Her theatrical adaptation of Orhan Pamuk’s novel Snow, after her 2017 production in the Théâtre National de Strasbourg and a tour in France, has drawn international attention and praise, with TV reports by ARTE, TV5 Monde, BBC and just had a tour of a month and a half in national theaters in China and in international festivals. In recognition of these achievements, the director of Théâtre National de Strasbourg, Stanislas Nordey, has appointed her as an associated director. Besides being a theatre director, Blandine Savetier has been teaching acting for more than 10 years, in some of the most renowned theatre schools in France.

Waddah Saab is a French-Lebanese writer and dramaturg, born and raised in Senegal. After completing his studies in Paris, he worked in the European civil service. Passionate about literature and theatre, he has worked on Blandine Savetier’s productions as a dramaturg since 2002, making writing and theatre his primary career in 2013. His first novel, Si je t’oublie Tambacounda, is in the process of publication. He now lives in Brussels.

Taylor Gaines is a translator and freelance copyeditor based in New York. After a BA in Drama and French from the University of Virginia, and an MA in Cultural Translation from the American University of Paris, Taylor was a literary intern at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., and a literary fellow at The Play Company. She recently participated in the Rencontres de Traduction workshop as part of the Dramaturgies en dialogue festival, hosted by the Centre des auteurs dramatiques in Montreal.

Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York, and CUNY Graduate Center Public Programs, with additional support by FACE Contemporary Theater. Co-produced by Taylor Gaines in collaboration with the Segal Center.

Supported by FACE Contemporary Theater, a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support from the Florence Gould Foundation, Institut français -Paris, the French Ministry of Culture and private donors. Additional support for women artists has been provided by Fondation CHANEL.