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Golden Triga, Krištof Kintera and Richard Wiesner, 2011, bronze


MEMBERS OF THE JURY

Monika Pormale, Latvia
Scenographer and Costume Designer
Monika Pormale works in a variety of disciplines including, scenography, installations, performance, photography, and video. She collaborates as a scenographer and costume designer with the Latvian director Alvis Hermanis, for whom she has created many European projects in Zurich, Berlin, and Vienna, among. Her visual art works and installations have been presented in a range of European galleries, and she wasthe first designer to be commissioned by spielzeit’europa | Berliner Festspiele to create a project for the Haus der Berliner Festspiele where she made a giant photo installation.

Viliam Dočolomanský, Slovakia/Czech Republic
Director and Head of the International Theatre Studio "Farm in the Cave"
Performances of „Farm in the Cave“ are presented in prestigious festivals all over the world and have received many awards, for instance the Total Theatre Award, the Fringe First Award, and the Herald Angel Award at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. Viliam Dočolomanský has led workshops in the Czech Republic and abroad and is the music composer for several of his performances. Viliam has published in professional periodicals and works for The Institute of Research in Drama and Scene Creation at the Theatre Academy /DAMU in Prague. He has also received prizes in the Czech Republic including, the Main Award of The Alfred Radok´s Prize, the Prize of the Theatre News and Sazka for the movement-based theatre for the performance SCLAVI / The Song of an Emigrant, and The Personality of the Year at theNext Wave festival.

Felice Ross, Israel
Lighting Designer
Felice was born in the United States and lives now in Israel. As a Lighting Designer she has worked for theatre, opera, and dance organizations, including the Batsheva Dance Company, the Israel Opera, the Cameri Theatre, and the Habima National Theatre. Felice has been a longtime collaborator of the directors Krzysztof Warlikowski and Mariusz Treliński.  She also has worked on projects in Poland, Germany, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, and other European countries. She has been a Lighting Designer for classical performances as well as for contemporary works.

Carmen Romero, Chile
Director of the Festival de Teatro Santiago a Mil
Carmen Romero is an important personality on the Latin American cultural scene. She was the Executive Director of the company Productora de Eventos Romero & Campbell association, which organized many large artistic and cultural events in Chile. Since 1994, she has led Chile´s most important festival, the International Theatre Festival of Santiago a Mil, which presents Latin American theatres as well as contemporary European productions. Carmen has won several awards for her work in spreading and administering culture in Chile, and she was the winner of the French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres for her work on the dissemination of avant-garde French drama.

Marvin Carlson, USA
Theorist of Theater and Performances
Distinguished Professor of Theatre, Comparative Literature, and Middle Eastern Studies, Marvin’s research and teaching interests include dramatic theory and Western European theatre history and dramatic literature. His best-known book, Theories of the Theatre (Cornell University Press, 1993), has been translated into seven languages. Carlson also published Places of Performance: the semiotics of theatre architecture; Performance: a critical introduction; and Theories of Theatre: a historical and critical survey. He is a Professor at New York University.  Marvin has received prestigious awards for his works and his Ph.D. from universities in the USA and Europe (for example the George Jean Nathan Prize, the Bernard Hewitt Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship).

Brett Bailey, South Africa
Director, Dramatist, Scenographer, Costume Designer
Gold medal at the PQ 2007
Brett Bailey is the Artistic Director of the theatre company Third World Bunfight and the Curator of Infecting the City: the Spier Performing Art Festival. He has worked on many important projects including Ipi Zombi?, Big Dada, Orfeus, medEia and Macbeth, where he has worked on the theme of classical European drama within the African context. Several European Festivals have shown his work, such as the Wiener Festwochen of the Holland Festival.

Kevin Purcell, Australia
Composer, Sound Designer, Conductor
Kevin Purcell is an award-winning conductor/musical director and sound designer.  He has worked for Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Group in both London and South Korea.  Kevin has received many prestigious awards (including the Sir Charles Mackerras Conductor’s Award).  In Europe and the USA alone, he has conducted at San Diego Opera, Silesian State Opera; the Dinu Lipatti Philharmonic, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Hradec Králové Filharmonie, Beethoven Chamber Orchestra, Königsgrätz Philharmonic, West Bohemia Symphony Orchestra and the Georgian State Television and Radio Orchestra. As a composer he creates orchestral music as well as musicals and operas. Kevin is Director of the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Tasmania.

AWARDS

The following awards were attibuted and give out by the Minister of the Culture of Czech Republic at the recommandation of the International Jury:

Golden Triga: Brazil
The exhibit offers a vivid sense of the national identity and the vital spirit of creativity that animates Brazil; a current that flows from its cultural sources and continues spontaneously to open new scenographic horizons.
The exhibit also gives an impression of the rich diversity and the range of scenographies and productions that take place in Brazil. Equal place is given to street art, site-specific interventions, socially conscious performance, puppetry as well as to more conventional theatre. The jury acknowledges the ingenuity in resolving a number of design issues in the works presented.  The exhibition is presented with flair, sensitivity and style.

Gold Medal for Best Stage Design: Numen/For Use from Croatia
The jury praises the creative use of stripped down, essentialized and compelling scenography in the various collaborative theatrical projects of this team of industrial designers. Their clarity of vision challenges stage directors to see their art in new ways and brings bold, simple, yet multilayered new interpretations to dramas such as ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

Gold Medal for Best Costume Design: ‘Inhabiting Dress’ by Emma Ransley from New Zealand in the ‘Extreme Costumes’ section
The jury was struck by the extreme simplicity and conceptual strength of Emma Ransley’s costume, which is the centrepiece of her performance ‘Inhabiting Dress’.

Gold Medal for Best Realization of a Production: ‘BR-3’ by Teatro da Vertigen from Brazil
This extraordinary urban intervention transforms the main artery of the city with creative use of unconventional space: the banks of the Tiete River, the river itself and the barge on which the audience travelled and much of the dramatic action occurred. The audience was completely immersed in a performance that brought to life and further provided a social critique of the landscape it traverses.

 Gold Medal for Best Work in Theatre Architecture and Performance Space: Mexico and Greece
The jury has made two awards in this broad category:
·        To Greece for the Machine Theatre and the New Stage for the National Theatre, both of which allow for a large degree of creative imagination and flexibility on a human scale in sites with highly constrained spatial requirements.
·        To Mexico: Teatro Ojo’s ‘Within a Failing State’, in which abandoned government buildings and public spaces of Mexico City are refigured as sites of memory, activism and reflection on previous authoritarian abuses.

Gold Medal for Best Use of Theatre Technology: Numen/For Use from Croatia
The jury commends the use of both high and low technology, their rigorous research, and their re-imagination of conventional scenography in their various performance works.

Gold Medal for Best Exhibit in Student Section: Latvia
This exhibit shows a project in which the students of the scenography department of the Art Academy of Latvia each interpreted the works of the same four playwrights. Not only is the exhibit curatorially strong and wonderfully presented, but the works of the individual students demonstrate great clarity, creativity and skill.

Gold Medal for Most Promising Talent in the Students’ Section: Norway
The exhibit, ‘Erase the Play’, presented by these students is striking in its simplicity and in the harmony it evokes. It opens the mind to endless spatial possibilities.

Gold Medal for Best Curatorial Concept of an Exhibit: Hungary
The jury commends the conceptual unity of this evocative exhibit. Immersing visitors in an enigmatic, metaphorical world, the exhibit focuses on the plight of the artist in contemporary society.

Special Award for Excellence in Sound Design: United Kingdom
Wishing to emphasize the fundamental importance in the work of sound and lighting designers; and in the hope that these vital, but often under-represented elements of scenography be given appropriate consideration, the jury is giving a special award for outstanding sound design to the UK for its productions ‘Kursk’ and ‘Hush House’.