In the dance solo A SHORT ODYSSEE | WOMAN you meet a woman on a journey full of wanderings and trials. She is seduced, trapped, hunted and deserted. Her dedication is strung together by many alienating years. Will the oath she once pledged last now she is no longer the same?

In A SHORT ODYSSEE promises and threats come together in a passionate dance and the simple truthfulness and melancholy of traditional Eastern European music.

Press

“Her A SHORT ODYSSEY | WOMAN is an impressive choreography. A feminist approach is undeniable, but this solo full of surprising movement ideas is without political intrusiveness.”

Kölner Kultur

CREDITS

choreography & concept – Jelena Kostić
in collaboration with dancer – Judit Ruiz Onandi
composers – Jeroen Strijbos en Rob van Rijswijk
dramaturgic advice – Thomas Falk, Lou Cope en Pietjan Dusee
light designer – Ellen Knops en Pim Mans

A Short Odyssee is a production of Kostić Foundation, a coproduction with DansBrabant and in collaboration with Strijbos&VanRijswijk.

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.

Press

“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

CREDITS

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

An equally vulnerable as powerful duet on the theme ‘Embrace’. Two dancers clash and rub, let shyness and age behind them, to end up within each others arms and find themselves and the other.

In our time to act vulnerable often is directly related to (seeming to) be weak. Jelena thinks this is unfair and for this performance (which will premier in the TilburgvoorCultuurNACHT) she will battle with the prejudices against vulnerability and (declining) vitality.

CREDITS

Concept
– Jelena Kostić
Co-choreographed by – Thomas Falk
Dance – Blazej Jasinski en Jelena Kostić
Music – Dyane Donck

In THE BOLD, THE BOUND & THE BRITTLE a portrait of our current time is made, live on the theater floor. A new piercing performance by choreographer Jelena Kostić, with unrestrained dance and sudden music.

Two powerful women play their personal, destructive, comfortable and erotic moments until they are redundant. They leave behind the conflict between the brittle and the obscene.

Hinging on a past both distant and nearby, THE BOLD, THE BOUND & THE BRITTLE opens the door to a space where we all step out of our uniform. What remains is our own delicate humanity.

This production was made in 2016

Press

“At their most vulnerable two women show what a female body is capable of. A tour de force that demands respect. (…) With this amazing duet The Bold, the Bound and the Brittle convincingly shows what Kostić and her dancers have to add to the field of dance.” 

– Theaterkrant

CREDITS

Choreography & concept – Jelena Kostić
In collaboration with the dancers – Judit Ruiz Onandi & Noëmi Wagner
Music composer – Dyane Donck
Lighting design – Ellen Knops
Costumes – Biljana Grgur & Jolanda Hendriks
Dramaturgical advice – Thomas Falk & Lou Cope
Repetitor – Thomas Falk
Photography – Jochem Jurgens
Graphic design – Natasa Radosavljević

A coproduction of the Kostić Foundation with DansBrabant, with financial support of Jacques de Leeuw Foundation, November Music and the City of Tilburg.

Dancers populate the playing field. They each have a clear goal in mind, but the road to it is filled with obstacles, both physical and mental. A poignant performance about the need for flexibility, perseverance and cooperation.

In HOW IT ENDS the dancers are not only confronted with each other, but also with life-size dominoes. In this way the Dutch-Serbian choreographer Jelena Kostić brings the spontaneity and capriciousness of life to the dance floor. In the most literal sense of the word, the blocks, with their unpredictable behaviour, throw up obstacles.

Free Running

Jelena Kostić uses the body as the ultimate narrative instrument in a dance language full of contrasts and emotions. For HOW IT ENDS she found inspiration in free running, a genre within urban dance in which the dancers relate to different obstacles and elements in their environment.

Personal experiences as a motor

The starting point for HOW IT ENDS was Jelena’s interest in the workings of focus and tunnel vision, something she herself has often had to deal with in her career as a dancer and choreographer. Perseverance, trial and error, getting up, starting all over again and sometimes giving up. As part of her research for this performance, Jelena spoke with not only professional athletes and dancers, but also with women in top positions. These concrete, personal stories were the driving force behind a performance that is ultimately about universal and recognisable human experiences.

Version for two dancers

HOW IT ENDS premiered with four dancers in March of 2020, shortly before the lockdown. Because of the corona measures the performance has been adapted for two dancers. This entails the shift of focus from group dynamics to the dynamics between two individuals, who are ultimately dependent on each other.

Press

“The production is an ode to people at play. With blocks, they can occupy themselves endlessly.”

– Theaterkrant

CREDITS

Choreography – Jelena Kostić
Dancers – Noëmi Wagner, Blazej Jasinski [in the version for 4 dancers also: Pauline De Laet and Anne Roeper]
Dramaturgical & artistic advisor, concept development – Lou Cope
Artistic advisor & repetitor – Judit Ruiz Onandi & Thomas Falk
Composer – Dyane Donck
Set design – Ascon de Nijs
Lighting design – Dominique Pollet
Costume design – Biljana Grgur
Art work / campaign design – Nataša Radosavljević & Nikola Kostić
Communication & PR – Laura Roling
Production – Andrea van Bussel
Business manager – Petra de Haan

Supported by: Fonds 21, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Fonds Podiumkunsten, BNG Cultuurfonds, Gemeente Tilburg en Provincie Noord-Brabant

In some situations, there is no quick fix.

The real challenge then is to be patient, also in contact with others. Only Patience Works Immediately, a twenty-minute location dance performance for two dancers, was created in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic, and reflects on the emotions in a world where our patience is being tested.

Social impact

Especially for care workers of the Elisabeth-Tweesteden Hospital, residents of the residential care centre Het Laar and the women’s refuge Sterk Huis, we first brought this performance live in the period August-November 2020, in the framework of a participation programme tailored to the target group. In this way, we brought dance to people who normally rarely experience the art form of dance, and for whom the distance to art – and its reflective, healing and emotional power – is greater than ever.

Stand-alone performances

Aside from its original form as a social project, Only Patience Works Immediately has also been presented in other contexts.

CREDITS

Choreography – Jelena Kostić
Dancers – Noëmi Wagner/Sarah Prescimone, Blazej Jasinski
Dramaturgy and artistic advisor – Lou Cope
Artistic advisor & repetitor – Judit Ruiz Onandi
Composer – Dyane Donck
Set design – Ascon de Nijs
Costumes – Biljana Grgur

With the support of: Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Fonds Jacques de Leeuw, Fonds Sluyterman van Loo