Artship Ensemble in Belgrade, Serbia


Artship Dance/Theater toured to Belgrade in the Fall of 2004 with the original production of "Same River Twice." that ran successfully at the ODC Theater, in San Francisco in July of 2004. Based on a saying by Heraclitus, 5th Century BC:

"You cannot step in the same river twice."

The "Same River Twice," a dance/theater performance, explores the complexities of the changing relationships Immigrants have to their original and adopted homes against the background of constant change.

In September 2004 we took the work to Belgrade, former Yugoslavia. We were received warmly and Artship Dance/Theater had a very successful tour in Belgrade. It consisted of two performances in SKC, a leading theater in central Belgrade that showcases new work. Then, typical of our practice anywhere, we engaged in a full-day workshop with the 80-member children's performing group "Deciji Osmeh" (Children's Smile). Also, typical of our practice, we engaged in community outreach with a mini-performance and a Q&A session centered around our newest ongoing project that celebrates urban trees. This event was presented in collaboration with the Natural History Museum at their facilities in the expansive and historical Kalemegnan Park in Belgrade.

Same River Twice invite in Serbian

Left: Belgrade's river Sava.
Right: Poster and billboard in Serbian for Same River Twice.


SKC Theater facade with signage for the Artship performance

Poster, billboard for Artship Dance/Theater in front of SKC Theater, the host of the tour.


Wedding dance from the Same River Twice

From the performance of "Same River Twice" at the SKC Theater with Catrina Kaupat in the leading role of Mira.


The Wedding Dance section in Same River Twice

Rehearsing for the performance of "Same River Twice" at the SKC Theater. (Dancers Mardi van Winkle, Catrina Kaupat and Maria Krtolica with Slobodan Dan Paich in the background.)


Rehearsing in the SKC Theater

Rehearsing for the performance of "Same River Twice" at the SKC Theater. (Dancers Mardi van Winkle, Catrina Kaupat and Maria Krtolica with Slobodan Dan Paich in the background.)

From the performance of "Same River Twice" at the SKC Theater. (Dancers Mardi van Winkle, Hallie Hunt and Catrina Kaupat.)


Rehearsing in the SKC Theater

Rehearsing for the performance of "Same River Twice" at the SKC Theater. (Dancers Mardi van Winkle, Catrina Kaupat and Maria Krtolica.)


Ensemble performing outside the Natural History Museum Gallery

Artship Dancers, Maria Krtolica and Ky Yu performing in front of the Natural History Museum's Gallery.