Central Hall

The Central Hall of the Industrial palace is the main meeting space and, as in 2003, the beating “heart” of PQ. It is the main hub of activities and an open forum where the atmosphere is made not only by performers, but by everyone who comes to spend their time willing to participate in whatever may come in this shared space.

Beside the Performance Space Exhibition and the Best Performance Design & Scenography Publication Award Exhibition, the Central Hall houses the PQ x Book Therapy Bookshop and the coffee, as well as following projects:

Czech Radio Vltava: Audio zone

With a completely special spatial sound, a radio play is being performed by Czech Radio Vltava at the Prague Quadrennial. The Adelaide Carpenter Memory Wing is the first purely binaural production and will be heard in the Vltava Audio Zone in the Central Hall of the Industrial Palace.

Taboo Collection

Body, sex, gender, blood, sickness, death, horror rhymes for children. Sensitive topics on the catwalk in extravagant dresses inspired by internal and external taboos. The spectacular fashion concert that combines the  professions of costume designer Fruzsina Nagy and conductor Dóra Halas, building a playful setting where exciting and unspoken taboos conquer the catwalk of everyday frustrations, so that for a moment we can all look them in the eye.

Emergence: Festival

On 12 June, the PQ Studio: Results Driven Worskhops will move from DAMU to the Central Hall and install their work in an “open workshop” format during the day leading to  an evening of public sharings, performances, costume shows, and installations. A surprise and well-prepared improvisation –  since  no one will be able to completely predict the  exact outcome of the workshops until the very last day – makes a point that no matter how interesting the process of creation might be,  it is the audience that gives the meaning to  the work of performance design.

Emergence: Costume, LIVE!

Emergence: Festival will be followed by a 2-day discussion and an open forum style workshop dedicated to the designer-maker collaboration organized by renowned costume designer Simona Rybáková. The first day will feature in depth discussions with costume workshop leaders about their processes, challenges faced, and triumphs achieved during the process of creation with the participants. The second day will include a unique opportunity to learn how three very different designers collaborate with one maker and how the process of making affects the original design idea. Check the PQ website or myPQ for the latest information!

Book Signings

PQ is proud to host a series of joint book signing, offering PQ audiences the opportunity to meet authors of major works about performance design, scenography, and theatre. Bookshop is located at the gallery in the Central Hall.

06 06 2019 15:00 – 17:00
Charles Ney (US)
Directing Shakespeare in America: Historical Perspectives
Bloomsbury

07 06 2019 15:00 – 17:00
Tomi Humalisto, Kimmo Karjunen and Raisa Kilpeläinen (FI)
Apertures: Perspectives on Lighting Design (2019)
Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki

Pasi Räbinä (FI)
The Print of Beauty
Aalto ARTS Books

Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink (NL)
Nomadic Theatre: Mobilizing Theory and Practice on the European Stage
Bloomsbury

08 06 2019 15:00 – 17:00
Birgit Wiens (and maybe Thomas Irmer or one of the other contributors to our ed. volume (DE)
Contemporary Scenography: Practices And Aesthetics In German Theatre, Arts And Design
Bloomsbury (London, New York)

Radivoje Dinullović (RS)
Theatre Architecture of XX century
Clio

10 06 2019 15:00 – 17:00
Sebastian Hannak (DE)
Heterotopia
Theater der Zeit

Rachel Hann (UK)
Beyond Scenography
Routledge

11 06 2019 15:00 – 17:00
Scott Palmer & Joslin McKinney (UK)
Scenography Expanded: an introduction to contemporary performance design
Bloomsbury Methuen

Joseph Brandesky (US)
Jaroslav Malina in Scenography and Painting
Charles University Press

Pernille Jensen (DK)
Setting the stage
Lindhart & Ringhof

Dassia Posner (US)
The Director’s Prism: E. T. A. Hoffmann and the Russian Theatrical Avant-Garde
Northwestern University Press

15 06 2019 15:00 – 17:00
Anne E. McMills (US)
3D Printing Basics for Entertainment Design
and The Assistant Lighting Designer’s Toolkit
Routledge