Production Details / Press Releases
«The River II» by Jasna L. Vinovrški is a work that has the format of a parkour. The audience is invited to three different spaces in which they can experience room installation, live performance and video projection. Each of these spaces zooms into the transitional period between life and death, by looking at personal space and objects after someone passing, as well as the ceremonial, and organisational aspect of a funeral: “What remains?” After the moment of passing, the private situation of grief and loss, suddenly becomes public and institutionalised; hospital staff and funeral homes are involved. For Jasna, this transformation places the idea of funerals in proximity to theatre spaces as a gathering of strangers, underlining the melancholic, humorous, absurdity and sometimes ungraspability of one’s passing.
«The River II» navigates these four components to address an issue that is both personal and social. In the process, the theatre becomes a place of transformation where human reason is stretched to its limits in the unifying co-presence of strangers.
«The River II» is the second part of a dyptich on the theme of mourning and loss, which began in summer of 2022 with regular boat performances by Aimé C. Songe (aka Clément Layes).
Jasna L. Vinovrški works as a performer, choreographer and curator. She grew up in Zagreb and has lived and worked abroad since the disintegration of Yugoslavia. After moving to Berlin in 2008, she founded Public in Private with her partner Clément Layes. Within this company context, the two artists continue to develop separate choreographic signatures to this day, but support each other in close artistic supervision. www.publicinprivate.com. In 2012 Jasna received her MA degree in choreography at the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin (HZT). She is particularly committed to creating alternative platforms for Berlin-based artists, especially from the dance and performance fields. From 2014 to 2017, Jasna co-hosted and organized a platform for experimental art at Atelierhaus am Flutgraben called 3AM. From 2019-2020, she was co-curator of the Montag Modus Klimata event series at Collegium Hungaricum Berlin and Atelierhaus Flutgraben. Since 2019 Jasna is co-organizer of the artist platform Flutgraben Performances. Last but not least, she is a mother to her two children Calissa (12) and Alva (2).
Darko Dragičević was born in Belgrade and lives in Berlin. He has shown his work internationally since 2003. In terms of an expanded practice of performance, choreography and film, he is involved in interdisciplinary projects and cross-media collaborations. His most recent works include performance projects «Silent Trio» with Christina Ciupke, «Exhaustion and Exhuberance», and «Lie & Theft as Practice» published as a book by Goethe-Institut Serbia. Darko Dragičević teaches at institutions such as DOCH/Stockholm University of the Arts, ZZT/HfmT Köln, Folkwang Universität Essen, Y-Institut/Hochschule der Künste Bern and Tanzquartier Wien.
Dora Đurkesac (b. 1988, Croatia) works in contemporary dance, new media art, and design research. Her performative and methodological explorations form temporary collectives, social choreographies, and fictional ecosystems. In 2020, Đurkesac was art director of the digital publication “Everything is New” at De Appel, Amsterdam. She has shown her work in several cities, including Berlin, Amsterdam, New York, and Reykjavik. She currently lives and works in Berlin.
Koraljka Begović is a dance artist based in Zagreb. She collaborates with national and international choreographers, creating her own work and expanding collaborations with artists from different fields. She holds an MA in contemporary dance performance from the University of Limerick. Her works have been shown in Croatia and around Europe. The author’s work “Reversing proximity” was selected for the Croatian Dance Network in 2019. In 2020, “Playing reality” was produced as part of the BeSpectactive program.
TFB Nr. 1736
Cast & Credits
Choreography & concept: Jasna L. Vinovrški
In collaboration with
Performance: Dora Đurkesac (for Cécile Bally), Koraljka Begović and Darko Dragičević
Space: Clément Layes, Dora Đurkesac
Sound: Steve Heather
Light: Ruth Waldeyer
Dramaturgy: Mila Pavičević
Video: Chris Hewit
Costume: Malena Modeer
Press: Aïsha Mia Lethen
Production: Tiphaine Carrere, Tammo Walter (Cie Public in Private)
THE RIVER project is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR and supported by the Croatian Ministry of Culture. In co-production with Tanzfabrik Berlin.
Cie. Public in Private is supported by Bureau Ritter/TANZPAKT RECONNECT, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR. Hilfsprogramm Tanz.
Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):
Public in Private / Trailers and Video Documentations
- Public in Private: Interview / Portrait Public in Private (2017)
- Public in Private: Living Room (2021)
- Public in Private: Ich bin Tscheud (2021)
- Public in Private: Healers (2020)
- Public in Private: ONON (2019)
- Public in Private: The Emergency Artist (2018)
- Public in Private: THE ETERNAL RETURN (2017)
- Public in Private: TITLE (2015)
- Public in Private: Modal Verbs – I must, I should, I may, I can, I will and I want (2015)
- Public in Private: Dreamed Apparatus (2014)
- Public in Private: Things that surround us (2012)
- Public in Private: Der grüne Stuhl (2012)
- Public in Private: To Allege (2011)
- Public in Private: Allege (2010)