Prague Quadrennial was established to bring the best of Performance Design, Scenography and Theatre Architecture to the front line of cultural activities to be experienced by professionals and public alike. Every four years PQ strives to provide a fresh vision and aims to be different from its predecessor. The Quadrennial exhibitions, festival and education programs act as a catalyst for creative progress by encouraging experimentation, networking, innovation and future collaborations. PQ aims to honor, empower and celebrate the work of the designers, artists and architects as well as inspire and educate our audiences without whom our work wouldn't be valid. Prague Quadrennial strives to present Performance design as an art form concerned with the creation of active performance environments, that are far beyond merely decorative or beautiful, but that are emotionally charged; where design can become a quest, a question, an argument, a threat, a resolution or an agent of positive change... Performance design is a collaborative eld where the artists mix, fuse and blur the lines between various disciplines to search for new approaches and new visions.
This edition of Prague Quadrennial is inspired by the Golden Triga, the statue and the main award traditionally given as the highest prize to the best exhibition. The three different forces coming together to pull the chariot driven by Nike, the goddess of victory, stand proudly on the roof of the National Theatre to remind us that everything we do in creating a performance is an act of collaboration where all talents combine their strengths to achieve much more than any individual could ever accomplish alone. The three horses pulling the chariot symbolize three stages of human life, youth's wild instinct and intuition, the experience of adulthood and the age of wisdom. We will use the metaphor of the Triga to explore three points of view, three areas connected with cyclical phases of creative process: