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Markéta Stránská & Jean Gaudin: ... Or to Be


The more we have, the less we have.

…Or to Be presents two people trapped in a triangle of emptiness, fear and loneliness. A caricature of near misses, it is an urgent commentary on our inability to abandon routine stereotypes, relax into hysteria and get at least a little bit closer to one another. Relish this performance, with its fine-tuned humour, in the usual setting of a large Baroque hall with a richly decorated, frescoed ceiling.

This duet by performer Markéta Stránská and dancer and choreographer Jean Gaudin is the result of two "solos.” Two characters, each unaware of the other, are connected only by the spectator who sees them together.  The audience witnesses this non-meeting, imagining what would transpire if the characters caught sight of one another.  The production offers an original take on the oppressive emptiness of the present, experienced against a backdrop of ceaseless communication and the endless accumulation of experiences. 


Concept, choreography, performance: Jean Gaudin and Markéta Stránská

Lighting design: Zuzana Režná

Costumes: Tereza Vašíčková, Monika Urbášková

Music: Matěj Kotouček

Scenography: Jean Gaudin, Zuzana Režná

Graphic design: Tomáš Bárta

Production: Srdcem zapsaný spolek, z. s., Centrum choreografického rozvoje SE.S.TA z.s., ALT@RT z.ú.

Running time: 45 min

Suitable for ages: 12+

Venue: Oval Room

The performance will be followed by a discussion moderated by Ondřej Cihlář.

In her creative practice, Markéta Stránská (CZ) combines her experience as a choreographer and dancer with her work as a puppeteer, performer and (last but not least) a hospital clown. Dancer, choreographer and director Jean Gaudin (FR) has worked in the French dance scene since the 1970s. His work has had two common denominators since the beginning: an attraction to unique, idiosyncratic sites and an unwavering commitment to telling human stories with humour and (sometimes) seriousness.

Created with the support of: The Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, The City of Prague, City District Prague 7 and the State Fund of Culture of the Czech Republic.

Special thanks to: Nathalie Pubellier, Radmila Krásenská a WD Lux

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