Violent images of a recent attack can devastate or confuse a person. The recognizable sound of a song from a bygone childhood can take someone back to a time full of security within seconds. Subconsciously everyone uses their personal values and experiences to give their own meaning to reality. These interpretations color perception and sometimes lead to a fixation on their own thoughts. But is blind faith really the best counsellor?

A MOOD FOR DEEP LONGING takes a critical look at the implications of undoubted choices and a resounding ‘yes’. Promises and threats come toge-ther in a dance theatre performance full of live chanting, fierce dance and wistful traditional Eastern European music. With four energetic dancers and live vocals by Iris (Iritchka) Ficker, the Serbian – Dutch choreographer Jelena Kostić (1976) takes you on an odyssey through the human mind. Sometimes playful, sometimes meaningful, but always original and with a radical physicality.


“Powerful dance, with clear body language and facial expression”

– Ugenda

“Dazzling dance, bordering on theatre” 

– Theaterkrant

“Holding its breath in suspense the crowd watches the bizarre world of Jelena Kostic …. Singer Iris (Iritchka) Ficker pulls us straight into the depth with her Balkan blues …. Kostic creates a surreal amalgam of contrasting elements.” 

– Het Parool


choreography & concept – Jelena Kostić
in collaboration with dancers – Judit Ruiz Onandi, Pauline De Laet, Blazej Jasinski, Ayberk Esen and Angelle Peters (understudy)
Live vocals – Iris Ficker
composers – Jeroen Strijbos and Rob van Rijswijk
With vocals and music recorded in Belgrade, Serbia by – Nataša Mihaljinac, Marija Novaković, Marina Bogdanović, Katarina Gojković and Vladimir Simić
set design – Simon Haan
costumes – Elisabeth Kinn Svensson
artistic advice and rehearsal director – Thomas Falk
dramaturgic advice – Lou Cope and Pietjan Dusee
light designer – Ellen Knops
publicity – Laura Graat
production leader – Florain Verheijen
production assistant – Leon van Egmond and Yola Parie
lighting engineer – Pim Mans
graphic designer – Nataša Radosavljević
photography – Luka Kaše and Nikola Kostić
video edit – Marjan Rubeša
camera – Vladan Janković

A Mood for Deep Longing is a production by Kostić Foundation, co-produced with DansBrabant and in co-operation with StrijbosvanRijswijk.

Supported by – NFPK, city of Tilburg, Foundation Jacques de Leeuw, Prins Bernhard cultural fund and SNS REAAL fund