In a world where we are surrounded by stimuli, we often close off our senses. In Blind Spot: Maastricht choreographer Jelena Kostić makes visible and tangible what is right in front of us. In a theatrical walk full of contrasts, the urban environment and dance come together to open our eyes to new perspectives. 

With headphones on, the audience takes a walk through the raw Sphinx Quarter, ending on the Misericordeplein in the Statenkwartier. In various choreographies, Jelena plays with our ideas and expectations of space and our surroundings.

After the success of Blind Spot: Tilburg in the summer of 2021, choreographer Jelena Kostić creates an entirely new experience for Maastricht, especially for Nederlandse Dansdagen. With a dance language strongly influenced by freerunning and the raw industrial environment of the Sphinx Quarter, Jelena shows the city from a new perspective. 

CREDITS

Choreography and artistic direction – Jelena Kostić
Dancers & performers – Noëmi Wagner, Isabelle Nelson, Tijmen Teunissen en Josien Hennen
Composer – Dyane Donck
Repetitor – Judit Ruiz Onandi
Texts – Laura Roling
Costumes – Rens de Waal
Business management – Petra de Haan
Sales – Hedi Legerstee
Production manager – Danielle Pater

Supported by: Stimuleringsfonds Architectuur, Gemeente Tilburg & Fonds Podiumkunsten

Special thanks to: Bureau Europa en Nederlandse Dansdagen

Ignorance is bliss, so the saying goes. We all blindly strive for more, more, more: a bigger house, a better job, a newer mobile phone. But why do we tend to shy away from the difficult questions related to growth?

In a compelling choreography for two dancers and a web of slacklines – cords to balance on and hang from – Jelena sketches a portrait of people. Poignant and recognizable: can we as humans escape our desire for more, more, more? How much more can we want, and when is enough truly enough?

This choreography is created especially for the Limburg Festival

In rehearsal with the slacklines

CREDITS

Concept and co-creatie – Jelena Kostić and Dyane Donck
Choreography – Jelena Kostić
Composition – Dyane Donck
Danscrs – Blazej Jasinski and Noëmi Wagner
Repetitor – Judit Ruiz Onandi

How much more can we own? How much bigger can we go? Where does our desire for more come from and where is the breaking point? Loading… Your Last Trip shares the exclusive first material of Your Last Trip in a special setting in Breda.

As an audience member you can experience five longer scenes in a spacious outdoor area, while enjoying a drink. We also invite you to a conversation about the issues that are raised and to leave your mark on the further development of the performance.

Your Last Trip will be an open-air performance by choreographer Jelena Kostić and composer Dyane Donck with two dancers and an opera singer. The disciplines of movement and music come together in a circular arena, amidst a web of slacklines strung between cars. A physically and musically impressive performance, in which we, present-day human beings, see ourselves as if under a magnifying glass.

Location: Podium Bloos, Breda
Date & time: 7 (try-out), 8 and 9 July – 8 pm
Tickets (€10 regular / €7,50 students)

CREDITS

Concept and co-creation – Jelena Kostić and Dyane Donck
Choreography – Jelena Kostić
Composition – Dyane Donck
Dancers – Blazej Jasinski and Noëmi Wagner
Singer – Els Mondelaers
Repetiteur – Judit Ruiz Onandi
Dramaturgy – Lou Cope

There are times when I think I’m seeing, but I’m not
There are times when I think I’m hearing, but I’m not

We often go through life with our senses closed off. With Blind Spot, choreographer Jelena Kostić invites you to look at the urban environment of Tilburg with fresh eyes.

Fresh perspective

When in 2020 people disappeared from the streets and life was turned upside down, Jelena began to see her hometown Tilburg anew. What struck her was the architecture of the city. The shapes, the play of lines, and the untold stories of the city and its buildings. The blind spots we overlook in everyday life, but which can be made visible and tangible through dance.

Four locations

During Blind Spot, visitors go on a guided walk through the city center with headphones on, starting at Theater De Nieuwe Vorst and ending at the Kantongerecht. A voice leads the visitors along four different locations, where dancers enter into a dialogue with their surroundings. They embody the stories and emotions hidden behind the stones, exploring the relationship between people and structures.

Press

“Acrobatics by three dancers formed the spectacular finale to ‘Blind Spot’, a one-and-a-half-hour walk past places where short dance performances were presented. These performances drew attention to places you would otherwise walk past without noticing them.”

– Brabants Dagblad

CREDITS

Choreography & concept – Jelena Kostić
In collaboration with the dancers – Blazej Jasinksi, Isabelle Nelson, Sarah Prescimone en Josien
Hennen
Voice actor – Maeve van der Steen
Dramaturgic & artistic advisor, concept development – Lou Cope
Repetitor & artistic advice – Judit Ruiz Onandi
Performance text & publicity – Laura Roling
Composer – Dyane Donck
Technicians – Jimmy Niesen en Marvin van de Berg
Production – Andrea van Bussel
Business manager – Petra de Haan
Sales & strategy – Hedi Legerstee
Campaign image – Nataša Radosavljević / Lonneke van der Palen
Scene photography – Milagro Elstak

Made possible with the support of Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Stimuleringsfonds Architectuur, Gemeente Tilburg & Fonds Podiumkunsten

Special thanks to CAST Tilburg, Tilburg Citymarketing, Theater De Nieuwe Vorst, Thomas Bedaux, Jacq de Brouwer, Peter van Dinter & Dirk van Alphen

In (UN)BOUND Jelena Kostić investigates what it means to really come close.

In this performance we look at three professional, young dancers and an older non-professional mover. Age and youthfulness on stage, next to and with each other. Four people in the midst of solidarity and aversion. Their love for each other is just as strong as the resistance. If you don’t trust someone, you cannot really fight as well.

(UN)BOUND is a dualistic dance performance about real-life, long-term relationships.

Press

“Kostić seems to have a patent on powerful, physical images of how people cope in life.”

– Theaterkrant

CREDITS

Choreography & concept – Jelena Kostić
In collaboration with the dancers – Judit Ruiz Onandi, Noëmi Wagner, Blazej Jasinski & Josien Hennen
Composer – Dyane Donck
Set design – Niek Kortekaas
Set builder – Simon Haen
Costumes – Biljana Grgur and Jolanda Hendriks
Dramaturgic advice – Thomas Falk, Lou Cope & Judit Ruiz Onandi
Light designer – Ellen Knops
Production manager – Andrea van Bussel
Graphic designer – Nataša Radosavljević
Photography – Lonneke van der Palen & Nikola Kostić

Supported by Fonds21, Gemeente Tilburg, Dans Brabant, Fonds Podiumkunsten, Het Huis Utrecht, Stichting Jacques de Leeuw, Provincie Noord-Brabant & Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

Funny, hysterical, powerfull, gloomy –  Eve is all. She takes on all roles and identities she finds in herself, wears them as a fitting jacket, to just as easily then throw them in a corner.

All About Eve is a dance solo in which the androgynous dancer Miriam Garcia Mariblanca plays all the female lead roles unmercifully strong. A prelude to the new theater production The Bold, The Bound & The Brittle, which premieres on February 18, 2016 at Theater De NWE Vorst, Tilburg (NL).

CREDITS

Choreography – Jelena Kostić
Dance – Miryam Garcia
Production – Stichting Kostić, coproduction DansBrabant

Intimate thoughts, a painful story, vulnerability, turmoil. With our fragility and intimacy tucked away under the surface we survive untouchably in our social context.

The short solo performance of ELETTRA zooms in on every man’s small secrets. The slightest jerk of a finger, a breath of air, everything that holds emotion. Hardly visible but mesmerizingly present in dance phrases and motion.

This production was created in 2011

CREDITS
Choreography & concept – Jelena Kostić
Dancer – Miryam Garcia Mariblanca
Composers – Rob van Rijswijk and Jeroen Strijbos
Dramaturgic advice – Thomas Falk
Costumes – Natasja Leenders
Light – Sjors de Bruin
Camera – Reinout Steenhuizen
Video editing – Nenad Serafijanovic
Graphic design – Natasha Radosavljevic

Many thanks to: Station Zuid, Productiehuis Brabant, Theaterfestival Boulevard, Tom Sikkers Productions and Michael Wahlen

Encounter five outspoken characters that are overcome by an overwhelming urge for change: protest. In this situation of revolt a sense of euphoria coexists with the feeling of defeat. The extremely delayed threat of a close group, right before the eruption. Harmony and chaos. Deliberacy, alternated with impotence, forces them to make choices.

This performance offers a glimpse of this conflict: a metaphor of contemporary society. MARCH exposes the place where one will be challenged to the core, up to the point where the adrenaline starts rushing and you go beside yourself; where the rebellion breaks from within…

This production was created in 2010

CREDITS
choreography & concept – Jelena Kostić
In collaboration with dancers Ann-Christin Zimmermann, Vincent Morelle, Judit Ruiz Onandi en Francesco Barba
Composers – Jeroen Strijbos and Rob van Rijswijk
Set – Simon Haan and Saša Ivanović
Artistic advice and rehearsal director – Thomas Falk
dramaturgic advice – Guy Cools and Lou Cope
Vocal coach – Nataša Mihaljinac and Wiebe Gotink
Costumes – Natasja Leenders
Light designer – Ate-Jan van Kampen
Publicity – Laura Graat and Femke Cuijpers
Production leader – Florain Verheijen
Production assistant – Leon van Egmond and Yola Parie
Light engineer – Pim Mans
Graphic designer – Nataša Radosavljević
Photography – Miloš Gazdić

CREDITS
choreography & concept – Jelena Kostić
In collaboration with dancers Ann-Christin Zimmermann, Vincent Morelle, Judit Ruiz Onandi en Francesco Barba
Composers – Jeroen Strijbos and Rob van Rijswijk
Set – Simon Haan and Saša Ivanović
Artistic advice and rehearsal director – Thomas Falk
dramaturgic advice – Guy Cools and Lou Cope
Vocal coach – Nataša Mihaljinac and Wiebe Gotink
Costumes – Natasja Leenders
Light designer – Ate-Jan van Kampen
Publicity – Laura Graat and Femke Cuijpers
Production leader – Florain Verheijen
Production assistant – Leon van Egmond and Yola Parie
Light engineer – Pim Mans
Graphic designer – Nataša Radosavljević
Photography – Miloš Gazdić

Penelope takes you with her on a quest and through a personal journey reveals the power that lies in tradition. She observes our customs and analyses them. Forcing us to question our own habits, she in fact operates as a guide, camera and audience all at the same time. Life, dreams and expectations versus origin, superstition and instinct.

She leaves us a choice between surrendering or breaking from traditon. Everyone recognizes nostalgia, but behind those strong ties to the past can lurk a trap: fanaticism

Press

“Yell Penelope flies on happy lightness”

Omroep Brabant

“Yell Penelope is fierce, yet warm and witty”

Brabants Dagblad

CREDITS
choreography & concept – Jelena Kostić
In collaboration with dancers Ann-Christin Zimmermann, Vincent Morelle, Judit Ruiz Onandi en Francesco Barba
Composers – Jeroen Strijbos and Rob van Rijswijk
Set – Simon Haan and Saša Ivanović
Artistic advice and rehearsal director – Thomas Falk
dramaturgic advice – Guy Cools and Lou Cope
Vocal coach – Nataša Mihaljinac and Wiebe Gotink
Costumes – Natasja Leenders
Light designer – Ate-Jan van Kampen
Publicity – Laura Graat and Femke Cuijpers
Production leader – Florain Verheijen
Production assistant – Leon van Egmond and Yola Parie
Light engineer – Pim Mans
Graphic designer – Nataša Radosavljević
Photography – Miloš Gazdić

CREDITS
choreography & concept – Jelena Kostić
In collaboration with dancers Ann-Christin Zimmermann, Vincent Morelle, Judit Ruiz Onandi en Francesco Barba
Composers – Jeroen Strijbos and Rob van Rijswijk
Set – Simon Haan and Saša Ivanović
Artistic advice and rehearsal director – Thomas Falk
dramaturgic advice – Guy Cools and Lou Cope
Vocal coach – Nataša Mihaljinac and Wiebe Gotink
Costumes – Natasja Leenders
Light designer – Ate-Jan van Kampen
Publicity – Laura Graat and Femke Cuijpers
Production leader – Florain Verheijen
Production assistant – Leon van Egmond and Yola Parie
Light engineer – Pim Mans
Graphic designer – Nataša Radosavljević
Photography – Miloš Gazdić

In preparation of her full-length production A MOOD FOR DEEP LONGING (premiere November 28, 2013) Jelena Kostić made a solo for a male dancer in which a deep-rooted belief in something larger than yourself is the focal point.

In the dance solo A SHORT ODYSSEY | MAN you meet a man who is lost in an inner conflict. His desire for freedom is overpowering , but he is constantly confronted with the promises he made in the past. His dedication is strung together by commitments and disruptions. Will this lead him to the abyss or will he choose to take a leap into the unknown? In A SHORT ODYSSEY | MAN desire and destruction come together in passionate dance and the simple truth and melancholy of traditional Eastern European music.

This production was created in 2013.

CREDITS

choreography & concept – Jelena Kostić
in collaboration with dancer – Blazej Jasinski
Composers – Jeroen Strijbos en Rob van Rijswijk
Dramaturgic advice – Thomas Falk, Lou Cope and Pietjan Dusee
Light designer – Ellen Knops and Pim Mans

A Short Odyssee is a production by Kostić Foundation, co-produced with DansBrabant and in cooperation with Strijbos&VanRijswijk