FIRST TIME | IN INDIA
Tuesday December 22, 2015
Getting to travel is probably the best thing about being an art maker. I get serious wanderlust. So knowing that a project is going to take me to someplace new in a different part of the world helps me stay focused on my work. I recently got back from India, where b current showcased one of our productions – Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera – and we taught some workshops at a youth theatre festival called Thespo!.
Me and JM with a long flight ahead of us.
We get into our hotel in Mumbai at around 2AM, with a cheery welcome from Thespo!.
Along the way to Pune on our second day, I couldn’t resist stopping for some fresh coconut jelly.
Soaking up the South Asian heat from a shaded balcony.
Scouting out the NH7 Weekender Festival in Pune.
And we scouted out the NH7 Weekender in Bangalore.
Back in Mumbai – on an auto-rickshaw.
And we’re reunited with Sébastien Heins – creator/performer of Brotherhood.
Hip Hop Theatre in India. Youth activating the street outside the Prithvi theatre.
With the youth in my Devised Theatre workshop. We had such a blast.
Went exploring in the caves of Elephanta Island on our last day.
The Gate of India and Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in view as we sail back to Mumbai Harbour.
I saw a lot of plays – in Hindi, Bengali, and Marathi – throughout the festival week. It was remarkable to see, hear, and feel the various styles theatre is practiced across different regions of India all in one multi-lingual festival. Learning about the regional history and characteristics of various genres was exciting and definitely the highlight of this trip. It definitely feels like I only scratched the surface.
Being a Hong Kong girl, I love being on that side of the world. So I can’t wait to go back.