The Best Performance Design & Scenography Publication Award

The Best Performance Design & Scenography Publication Award aims to enhance the visibility of a diverse range of publications created about and around performance design and scenography since the last Prague Quadrennial.

curated by Pavel Drábek & Barbora Příhodová

Submissions included publications from all scenographic disciplines and genres, such as costume, sound, lighting, set, stage, installation art, mask, puppet, and architecture, covering a wide range of performance spaces including drama theatre, opera, dance, found space, public space, site specific, and installations.  

Through this project, PQ recognizes new and groundbreaking findings on underrepresented figures or themes in performance design and space, the implementation of innovative methodologies in documentation, analysis, and (re)presentation in the broadest sense of the discipline, and the quality of the book as an artistic object in its own right.

The shortlist of 8 selected publications:

Setting the stage: 12 fortællinger on Scenography
Editors Pernille Jensen and Knirke Madelung
Publisher Lindhardt og Ringhof
ISBN 9788711692554

Kamilo Tompa i kazalište / Kamilo Tompa and Theatre
Author Martina Petranović
Editors Ivana Bakal and Martina Petranović
Publisher HAZU & ULUPUH
ISBN 9789533471440

Scenografia w Akademi Sztuk Pieknych w Krakowie
Authors Małgorzata Komorowska and Roman Łodziński
Publisher Wydawnictwo Akademii Sztuk Pięknych im. Jana Matejki w Krakowie
ISBN 9788394984786

Beyond Scenography
Author Rachel Hann
Publisher Routledge
ISBN 9781138785069

The Director’s Prism
E. T. A. Hoffmann and the Russian Theatrical Avant-Garde
Author Dassia N. Posner
Publisher Northwestern University Press
ISBN 0-8101-3355-5

Zbyněk Kolář
Author Vlasta Koubská
Publisher Divadelní ústav
ISBN 9788070083901

The Model as Performance
Staging Space in Theatre and Architecture
Authors Thea Brejzek and Lawrence Wallen
Editors Joslin McKinney and Scott Palmer
Publisher Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
ISBN 9781474271400

Costume in Performance
Materiality, Culture, and the Body
Author Donatella Barbieri
Publisher Bloomsbury Academic
ISBN 9781474271400

The longlist also includes:

Time Here Becomes Space: Scenography
Author Lars-Åke Thessman
Publisher Art And Theory Publishing (Anna Janerås)
ISBN 9789188031624

Annette Kurz: Szenische Objekte/Objets scéniques
Editor Ute Müller-Tischler
Publisher Theater der Zeit
ISBN 9783957490094

Bettina Mayer: Eins Zu Fünfundzwanzig / One To Twenty Five
Editors Judith Gerstenberg and Ute Müller-Tischler
Publisher Theater der Zeit
ISBN 9783957490728

Martin Rupprecht – Bühnen Bilder
Author Martin Rupprecht
Editors Werner Heegewaldt and Peter W. Marx
Publisher Theater der Zeit
ISBN 9783957491398

3D Printing Basics for Entertainment Design
Author Anne McMills
Publisher Routledge
ISBN 1138211354

Drawing Theatre
Author Pamela Howard
Editors Rebecca Pride and Violet McClean
Publisher Text+Work, The Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth
ISBN 9780901196729

Vanda Pavelić-Weinert
Author Martina Petranović & Guido Quien
Editors Ivana Bakal and Martina Petranović
Publisher HAZU & ULUPUH
ISBN 9789533271460

Maelstrom: Franz Marc, German Expressionism and Modernism in Georgia
Author Ketevan Kintsurashvili
Editors Meri Nebieridze and William King
Publisher K Jart Books
ISBN 9789941080043

Stage Lighting & more
Author Dan Redler
Editors Ben Zion Minitz and Chajit Ben Ami
Publisher Niv Books
ISBN 9789659259250

Scenography Expanded
An Introduction to Contemporary Performance Design
Editors Joslin McKinney and Scott Palmer
Publisher Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
ISBN 9781474244398

Meyerhold and the Cubists: Perspectives on Painting and Performance
Author Amy Skinner
Publisher Intellect
ISBN 9781783201914

50 Years of Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space
Author Liu Xinglin
Publisher China Theatre Press
ISBN 9787104045762


Award Jury:
Pavel DrábekŠárka Havlíčková Kysová, Barbora Příhodová 

6-16 June 

Central Hall of the Industrial Palace

Presentation of Winning Projects:
14 June, 14:30 – 16:00
Krizik Pavilion E (Prague Exhibition Grounds)