... Or to Be

…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.

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.

…Or to Be follows naturally from its creators’ previous collaboration, during which they discovered how much they have in common, from their approach to the creative process and a desire to work outside of traditional theatre spaces and transcend convention, to a shared understanding of space as inspiration and equal in dance-making and a sense of humour. This mutual artistic and human understanding laid the foundation for a new performance, in which both artists embrace set limitations as new opportunities.

“M and J are each in their own world. Even if we see them together, we also see that they are not in the same world; it’s about two very distinct characters who cannot meet and are isolated in their own beliefs.” - Jean Gaudin

Audience: adult, children 12+

About the company

Markéta Stránská is a choreographer, performer and physiotherapist based in Prague (CZ/Europe). She has been inspired by dance since her childhood. At the age of 6, she started dancing in a folk dance group. During her high school studies, a puppet theatre caught her imagination. She also has 2 years’ work experience as a member of the non-profit organisation Clown Doctor, which helps to bring joy and humour to healthcare facilities. Since 2012, she’s been an active member of the Czech contemporary dance scene, participating in regular contemporary dance lessons and workshops, or performing. As a choreographer, she likes to observe and get inspired by day-to-day activities, movements and routines. She simply refuses to take our stereotypes for granted, but, quite to the contrary, she seeks to find the significance and richness of their very essence.

Markéta Stránská (CZ) and Jean Gaudin (FR) have been collaborating artistically for about 5 years. Jean Gaudin is a famous French choreographer, dancer and dance coach. In the Czech Republic, he regularly collaborates with SE.S.TA Centre for Choreographic Development, either as a coach or an artist and director of site-specific projects during the KoresponDance International Festival in Prague and at the Žďár nad Sázavou Estate.

Theatre / company

Srdcem zapsaný spolek, z.s.

Czech title

... Or to Be


Markéta Stránská & Jean Gaudin


Markéta Stránská & Jean Gaudin


Markéta Stránská & Jean Gaudin


Matěj Kotouček

Stage design

Zuzana Režná, Jean Gaudin

Costume design

Tereza Vašíčková; Monika Urbášková

Lighting design

Zuzana Režná

Length of the performance

45 minutes

Stage area


Stage description

in our piece we have a special demand on space - please see the video - we rather use the space which provides the option of walking through or around, it means with several entrances

Number of travelling persons



No language barrier


Adult , Children


Markéta Stránská