NET/TEN Shareback: Hartbeat Ensemble - Postcards from India & International Travel Tips

2013 Spring Seed Grant Recipient

HartBeat Ensemble (Hartford, CT) traveled to Bangalore, India to meet with The Indian Ensemble. The ensembles explored a new way of working together on an intercultural project that investigates the cultural phenomenon of offshore outsourcing.

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India is huge and complex.  Working there with another theater company has been thrilling, rewarding and is only just beginning.  There is so much to distill from a 15 day visit to India I hope that the postcards, photos, interview and tips will help to frame some of the vast differences and similarities that I discovered. The India that I connected with inherently operates with an ensemble philosophy. It is my hope this shareback will help you to feel closer to our global theater family in a human to human way.

Steven Raider-Ginsburg
Co-Artistic Director, HartBeat Ensemble
 

POSTCARDS FROM INDIA

    

Postcard from India #1
Postcard from India #2

Postcard from India #3 (coming soon)
Postcard from India #4 (coming soon)

TIPS FOR GETTING ABROAD FOR AN ARTISTIC VISIT

1. Start the visa process early!  Expect bureaucratic mistakes which could delay getting your visa by weeks.   If you are concerned about you doing it yourself there are a number of third party services that can do it for you.  The expense might be work the peace of mind.

2. Get in touch with the Embassy or Consulate of the country that you are visiting.  They will have a cultural person and just by reaching out and informing them that you are going they will appreciate it.  Possibly the American Embassy or Consulate in the country you are going to would also like to know about your collaboration.

3. Make sure you have all addresses and phone numbers for multiple contacts in the country you will visit.

4. Get vaccinations early, sometimes they require 8 weeks or more in advance of trip.  There are travel clinics or urgent care that might be less expensive than a doctor or hospital.

HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR TRAVEL

Basic Checklist and good place to start: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go/checklist.html

Using a service like this can really help to secure your visa if you are unsure or worried: http://www.itseasyservices.com/

INTERVIEW

 
 

 

 

 

 

Abhisheck Majumdar and Steven Raider-Ginsburg

A conversation with: Abhisheck Majumdar, Gopal Datt, Steven Raider-Ginsburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL PHOTO DOCUMENTATION

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1. Indian Ensemble Rehearsal/Meeting
2. Mandya Ramesh's school and theater NATANA in Mysore
3. HartBeat Indian Workshop
4. Indian Ensemble Meeting
5. "Stories in a Song" intro by director Sunil Shanbag
6. Rehearsal of Gasha

CONTACT INFORMATION

Indian Ensemble Website: http://indianensembletheatre.wordpress.com/
HartBeat Ensemble Website: hartbeatensemble.org
HartBeat Facebook and Twitter!
email: steve.ginsburg@hartbeatensemble.org
phone: 860-548-9144

 

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

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