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.

Image: Nikola Kostic.


Jacq. Algra, Het Parool

`Most succesfull 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 encouter in the supermarket can do to a woman. Kostic constructed the movements that combine despicable everydayness, bedacht bewegingen die verveloze alledaagsheid, 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 in life.



Choreography by: Jelena Kostic
Director & writer: Leen Michiels
Fashion by Scheuller 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

Act! Cut! Play! is an initiative of FASHIONCLASH, Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond and MoMu – ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen. Fonds Podiumkunsten, Fonds 21 and the Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industrie support this project. Image: still from the movie.