Gripping dance performance about dealing with obstacles


Two 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 a setting full of 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.

New 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.

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.

HOW IT ENDS had its premiere in De Nieuwe Vorst on March 7th 2020 in a version for 4 dancers. Unfortunately, all subsequent performances in the spring of 2020 had to be cancelled. Now we’re very happy to take HOW IT ENDS on an autumn tour in a version for 2 dancers. 


Theaterkrant: “The performance is an ode to human beings at play. With their sets of blocks, they can keep on going.” 


6 March 2020
De NWE Vorst, Tilburg (try-out)

7 March 2020
De NWE Vorst, Tilburg (première)

13 March 2020
Ins Blau, Leiden (cancelled due to corona measures)

6 May 2020
CC Amstel, Amsterdam
 (cancelled due to corona measures)

8 May 2020
AINSI, Maastricht
 (cancelled due to corona measures)

11 May 2020
Theater Kikker, Utrecht
 (cancelled due to corona measures)

7 november 2020
Korzo, Den Haag 

9 November 2020
Verkadefabriek (November Music), ‘s-Hertogenbosch

10 november 2020
Ins Blau, Leiden

12 november 2020
Theater Kikker, Utrecht

19 november 2020
Chassé Theater, Breda

28 november 2020
De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg

18 december 2020
LUX, Nijmegen 



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
Light design – Dominique Pollet
Costume design – Biljana Grgur 
Art work / campaign design – Nataša Radosavljević & Nikola Kostić
Communication & PR – Laura Roling
Production – Andrea van Bussel 

Thanks to: Gemeente Tilburg, Provincie Noord-Brabant, FPK, BNG Cultuurfonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Fonds 21