Markéta StránskáFLY!

How much does a narrowing support base influence our physical and mental stability? How do we explore a path that might be unusual, but possible? By changing our prevailing assumptions?

Markéta Stránská’s solo highlights the fact that every divergence offers enriching opportunities and unique physical and mental pathways. Every obstacle is an occasion to awaken our imagination. FLY! is a physical life experience with one leg, one prosthetic leg and two crutches.

Choreography and performance: Markéta Stránská
Music: Jan Kratochvíl
Lightning design: Zuzana Režná
Costume and stage design: Monika Urbášková
Creative process’ advisors: Lucia Kašiarová, Jean Gaudin; Karine Ponties
Production: Radmila Krásenská
Thanks to Lukáš Houdek, Sára Arnstein, Alexandra Hennig
Graphic design: Tomáš Bárta
Co-production:  Studio ALTA
Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Nadace život umlce, Nadace Charty 77 – Konto Bariéry and city Hradec Králové.
Partners:  Centre for choreographic development SE.S.TA,  French Institute in Pragu, 
Drak Theatre and The International Institute of Figurative Theatre, Společenské centrum Trutnov UFFO and Centrum nezávislej Kultury Záhrada. 

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Markéta Stránská (1979) is a choreographer, performer and physiotherapist based in Hradec Králové (CZ). She was inspired by dance since her childhood. At the age of six she started dancing in a folk dance group; during her high school studies she also started to be interested in puppet theatre. Markéta collaborates mainly with the DNO Theatre, a well-known local theatre in Hradec Králové (CZ), and for two years she has been a member of a non-profit organisation Clown Doctor, which helps to bring joy and humour to a healthcare resort.

Since 2012 she has been an active member of the Czech contemporary dance scene, participating regularly in contemporary dance lessons and workshops and also performing.

In 2015 she cooperated with VerTeDance Company (CZ) in the project “Absent” (Chybění) choreographed by Jaro Viňarský. In the season 2016/2017 she volunteered for the “Audience Jury” as part of the European project Be Spectative during the Czech Dance Platform.

She developed part of her solo FLY! in a residency at the Centre for Choreographic Development SE.S.TA. in Prague (CZ), with the coach Jean Gaudin. In summer 2018 she participated in FILLIMIT, an international platform for young choreographers, during Korespondance festival in Žďár and Sázavou (CZ), and she also took part in Candoco Dance Company’s International Summer Lab in London (UK).

In September 2018, she premiered her choreographic debut, FLY!, at Studio ALTA, which has also been presented in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, France, Germany and Hungary. Markéta is currently working on a new project in collaboration with the French choreographer, dancer, teacher and filmmaker Jean Gaudin. Thanks to her solo, and inspired by projects developed in the United Kingdom and Germany, she keeps cultivating both a local and an international network of disabled artists.

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