Filmmaker Nikola Kostić followed the creative process and the performances of the open-air production Blind Spot – Rotterdam over an extended period of time. He captured the various setbacks and victories in the making of this challenging location performance. The result is a penetrating, vulnerable and at times funny look behind the scenes. The documentary shows that dancers, like all other people, are not only physically fit winners, but also losers.

Vluchtval is a documentary by Laura Stek about being uprooted and what happens to mind and body when you lose purchase on solid ground. Jelena has collaborated on the choreography of the film.

90 year old poet Jana Beranova lives in a cosily crammed upstairs apartment in Rotterdam. It’s her ‘safe nest,’ as she herself calls it, from where she creates her own world with words.  

25 year old freerunner Abdallah Marega lives in Paris and is enlisted in the French military. He spends almost all of his off-duty hours outside. He soars across roofs, glides off of handrails and rolls over bridges. It’s a way of life.

A poet in Rotterdam and a freerunner in Paris. One lives primarily at home, in her own head – the other outside, in motion. There is a 65 year age-gap between them and yet they share a strong connection: both of them know what it’s like to be uprooted, and they channel this feeling into art. One with the body, the other with words.

Vluchtval weaves Abdallah and Jana’s life stories together through the media of poetry and parkour. The film shows the ultimate consequences of being uprooted, but also how one can regain control and, by trial and error – falling and getting back up again – land safely on firm ground.

Jelena collaborated with Golden Calf winner Eefje Blankevoort (2021, Shadow Games) and director Sanne Rovers (Crazy Days, De spelende mens) on a short film about commemoration in times of war. The powerful short film shows the painful tension between collective remembrance and multi-voiced history.

Together with camera man Gregor Meerman and seven striking Amsterdammers from 13 to 94 years old, they made a choreography from stillness to movement that captures the importance of collective remembrance and shows the fallible human being on his path.

The film was broadcast on NPO and AT5, and screened at several Amsterdam film houses, including Pathé Tuschinski, leading up to and on 4 and 5 May 2022.

A short movie made by Jelena Kostić with director / cameraman Vladan Janković and editor Marjan Rubeša

Wavering heels, a reaching hand, warped glances and a silent scream… With in the background just a constant pulse we watch three people in a high, cold space. You feel like a scientist who studies insects in a glass cage. Or rather an observer of the human species?

In a mysterious tangle of encountering and release we can solely interpret what moves these people from our own experience. A one-way mirror.

This film was created in 2014


choreography & concept – Jelena Kostić
in collaboration with the dancers – Miryam Garcia Mariblanca, Ann-Christin Zimmermann & Blazej Jasinski
director and camera – Vladan Janković
video editor – Marjan Rubeša

Those who lead do so alone.

In the short dance film INTERLUDE a female protagonist goes through a lonely battle to fulfill her mission. She struggles with herself and dances for acceptance. In a large space this woman in power moves from bold to brittle, from strong to delicate. She passes those who shut her out and those who admire her in a search to dare to be vulnerable and soft.

Jelena Kostic and film director Harrie Verbeek first collaborated on this dance film INTERLUDE, with dancer Judit Ruiz Onandi in a leading role. 


directed by – Harrie Verbeek
choreography – Jelena Kostić
production – Monne Tuinhout
performance by – Judit Ruiz Onandi, Blazej Jasinski, Marleen van Uden, Marieke Monquil, Lili Kok, Helena Araujo, Julie Querre
director of photography – Marc de Meijer
editing – Sander Kuipers
grading & compositing – The Compound
music & sound design – Tom Sikkers
crew – Thomas Falk, Lou Cope, Elisabeth Kinn Svensson, Bilja Grgur, Maaike van Zijl, Jasmijn Krol, Alina Stefan, Eline van Gils, Ko de Kok, Alexander Colson, Dester van Nunen, Grip Enterprises, Kaspar Burghard, Jasper Leeman, Niels van der Kraan, Niels Zonnenberg, Emmanuel Tenenbaum, Liza Wolters, Leon van Egmond, Yola Parie, Floortje van der Graaf, Eric Maas, Nikola Kostić, Anna Alexandre
publicity – DansBrabant, Dirk Verhoeven
graphic design artwork – Anouk Stoffels

Interlude is a production of Stichting Kostić in coproduction with Branded Cinema & DansBrabant.

Going Home

Around the deathbed of father Theo, several of his family members gather. The situation weighs heavily on them and puts a strain on their interactions. Will they manage to get closer together and support each other when it comes down to it?

In the new Branded Cinema production Naar Huis [Going Home], director Harrie Verbeek and choreographer Jelena Kostić, after their previous collaboration on Interlude, once again bring dormant emotions to the surface in a powerful and sensitive dance film.

Actors Huub Smit, Hans Dagelet, Liz Snoijink and Beaudil Elzenga and dancers Patricia van Deutekom, Kim-Jomi Fischer and Rowan van den Boomen portray the troubled family members. The combination of Jelena Kostić’s poetic dance language and Harrie Verbeek’s subtle, natural cinematography guarantees a poignant and moving ‘Brabantse Beauty’.

This film was made in 2018, and was awarded the Publieksprijs at the Zuidelijk Film Festival 2021


Director – Harrie Verbeek
Choreography – Jelena Kostić
Cast – Huub Smit, Liz Snoijink. Hans Dagelet, Patricia van Deutekom, Kim-Jomi Fischer, Beaudil Elzenga, Rowan van den Boom
Production – Branded Cinema
Co-production – Stichting Kostić, Veldkamp Produkties, Omroep Brabant
Production design – Hans Borgman
Costume design – Biljana Grgur
Camera – Richard Spierings
Sound – Jan Wouter Stam
Music – Tom Sikkers
Producer – Monne Tuinhout
Light – Gerard Stam
1st assistant director – Ruut van der Beele
Repetitor – Judit Ruiz Onandi
Editing – Sander Kuipers
Final editing from Omroep Brabant – Lout Donders

When a chance supermarket encounter unlocks untapped passion in an ordinary woman, her grey life quickly goes into sensory overload. ‘Your approval is not essential’ sheds a colourful, whimsical light on what happens when you let go of your inhibitions and – out of the blue – start embracing life’s quirky pleasures.

This film was made in 2016.


“Most successful is Your approval is not essential from the Serbian choreographer Jelena Kostic and the Belgian film director Leen Michiels – with high heels, rollerblades, a mountain of grapefruit and a naked cat in the lead. In twelve minutes we see what an encounter in the supermarket can do to a woman. Kostic constructed movements that combine despicable everydayness, maximum restraint and over-the-top action – a style characteristic of the choreographer. Philipp Schueller and Rens de Waal made a range of unorthodox outfits that add more and more color.” 

– Het Parool


Choreography by – Jelena Kostic
Director & writer – Leen Michiels
Fashion by Schueller de Waal
Art Direction by – Leen Michiels, Jelena Kostic, Schueller de Waal.
Cast – Ulrika Kinn Svensson, Majon van der Schot
Production – Yola Parie, Marie Klein

This film was created as part of Act! Cut! Play!, an initiative of FASHIONCLASH, Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond and MoMu – ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen. Fonds Podiumkunsten, Fonds 21 and the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie

In trying to achieve something, sometimes you are your own biggest obstacle. In the short dance film My Own Worst Enemy, Jelena and film director Harrie Verbeek explore the psychological processes involved. Dancer Noëmi Wagner portrays the struggling protagonist in various symbolic situations.

After Interlude (2016) and the grand Going Home (2019), this is the third joint film project by Jelena and Harrie Verbeek.


A film by Jelena Kostić and Harrie Verbeek
Director – Harrie Verbeek
Choreography – Jelena Kostić
Concept development & dramaturgy – Lou Cope
Artistic advice & repetitor – Judit Ruiz Onandi
Dancer – Noëmi Wagner
Produced by – Stichting Kostić & Branded Cinema
Production design – Hans Borgman
Costume design – Biljana Grgur
DoP – Richard Spierings
Camera – Johannes van Beeck
Gaffer – Paul Roelofse
Sound – Jan Wouter Stam
Art director – Tim Tubée & Hans Borgman
Music – Tom Sikkers
Editing & VFX – Frans Suijs & Roy Berendsen
Color grading – Frans Suijs
Director of animation – Matty Jorissen
Production – Monne Tuinhout