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From November 1st  2006

Artship Dance/Theater and Artship Music Ensemble
which work very closely together will be embraced under the name of:

ARTSHIP Ensemble

A partnership of actors, dancers, musicians, storytellers, language & visual artists

The company members are:

Theater Director/Dancemaker:
Slobodan Dan Paich

Dancers, Actors, and Singers:

Catrina Kaupat
Tom Franco
Mardi Van Winkle
AnnaDianne Landelle
Jason Sheen

Craig Coss


Suellen Primost (Cello)
Johan Kadyk (Clarinet & Steel Drum)
Marie Perrey (Accordion)

ARTSHIP Ensemble  -  San Francisco  2007-2008 season

Burning of the Ancient Library of Alexandria

Time line:
2005 / 2006 initiation of the Idea and research
 Fall 2006 preproduction and scoping rehearsals
January 2007 beginning of incubating rehearsals towards
a full production
"In Africa, when an old man dies, it's a library burning."

BÂ, Amadou Hampâté (1901-91) delivered in 1960 at UNESCO.
(The original: En Afrique, quand un vieillard meurt, c’est une bibliothèque qui brûle.)

Tarantella, Tarantula September 28-Oct 8,2006
Seven performances at ODC Theater,
San Francosco

Drawings from the Tarantella rehearsals by Nathaniel Bolton

Spring Moon May 21, 2005
Celebratory Performance for Re-opening of North Beach Pool, San Francisco

Spring Moon Poster

Radiance - Unfolding- July 24, 2005
Artship Dance\Theatre performed in the San Francisco Theater Festival at Yerba Buena Gardens.


Co-existence October 11, 2005
Laffayette Park, San Francisco
Neighborhood Park Council's Annual Gala

photos by Brodie and Brodie

Art in the Park- September 30 2004
South Park, San Francisco
Neighborhood Park Council's Annual Gala

Same River Twice - July & September 2004. Six performances at ODC Theater in San Francisco, USA. Two performances at SKC Theater in Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro

Same River Twice Tour to Belgrade. September 2004

Our Ship, Artship - November 2003
Alice Arts Center, Oakland (re-named Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts)

Collaboration of Artship Dance/Theater
with Project Bandaloop

Ship Remembers - June-July 2003
10 performances in a cargo hold converted into a theater and located aboard the vessel Artship, Oakland

Geography of Memory - May 2002
Performances in front of the vessel Artship in Oakland, with Facing East Dance and Music and The Nina Haft Dance Companies

Four Winds - May 2001
Port Fest, Jack London Square, Oakland

Company members
Summer 2005

Dancers, Actors, and Singers:

Catrina Kaupat
Tom Franco
Mardi Van Winkle
Dianne Landelle
Barbara Vos
Mira Bruza


Suellen Primost (Cello)
Johan Kadyk (Clarinet & Steel Drum)
Marie Perrey (Accordion)

Special Effects :

Guest Storyteller:

Ty Blair

Theater Director/Dancemaker:

Slobodan Dan Paich


TheArthur Wright


Over the last two decades Artship Dance/Theater has developed ways and skills to present new opportunities for breakthrough thinking and creative work---often through collective problem solving toward a performance, or some "barn-raising" like activity.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Artship Dance/Theater works together with diverse artists, arts and local agencies, foundations and individual donors, departments of local government, and other socially relevant organizations.

Community Commons

We intentionally advocate and demonstrate that art making and cultural activities are strong convening forces in creating and re-interpretating contemporary ways and reasons for public gathering.


To bring forth these intentions during next two years, we have selected a theme that offers immersion into the field of continuous human values and engages our company in creating a major performance work. We also use this theme actively to participate in community events and to curate several visual arts exhibitions. It is important for us to develop performance work that enhances and complements our "community building" mission.

Our theme for the 2005-2006 season focuses on the dance forms that came to America in the late 19th century with immigrants from southern Italy --- the dance of Tarantella. The performance we will present is called "Tarantella, Tarantula." The sources of this work are from ancient myths and the dance forms that rural folk used for self-healing and warding off anxieties.

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