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The 2011 edition of the Prague Quadrennial will exploit what is best in scenography. PQ 2011 will look at scenography as a discipline existing in-between the visual and the performing arts, which uses the best of both worlds, creating a dialogue between the two arts, a dialogue too often missed.

Theatre has bravely struggled with the death of character, the death of narrative and other deaths in the family in recent decades. At the same time visual artists have been exploiting theatrical elements – performance, temporarily, environment, presence of audience – to create new forms and genres. Scenographers, visual artists have often been some of the most important helpers in this struggle. Some of the best contemporary performances are based in the visual elements. It is noteworthy that some of the most interesting theatre artists today are the spatial artists, and some of today's most important visual artists work with performance.

For this reason, after more then 40 years of existence, the Prague Quadrennial International Exhibition of Scenography and Theatre Architecture is changing its name to the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, with the goal of including a wider scope of artists disciplines, and genres, to break down the often imaginary differences between them.

Prague Quadrennial will continue with the struggle of exhibiting performance, to capture the ungraspable, to make eternal something that is a constant construction site, always temporary and never completely finished. A process, undefined and unfinished. Something that, as Simon McBurney says, “only exists in the mind of the audience” In this sense the Quadrennial is continuing in recent steps towards becoming an event, a gatheringwith live performances, discussions and presentations; presenting installations that are environments to be “finished” and filled by visitors themselves, spaces of connection.

Because in times when we are at odds even with ourselves, theatre and performance can provide us with a space where we can fulfill, in the words of Pipilotti Rist “our deepest craving to be synchronized with others.”.

With hope to see you in Prague!

Sodja Zupanc Lotker

Artistic Director of the PQ 2011

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is, But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity, Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from not towards, Neither ascent nor decline. Except from the point, the still point, There would be no dance, and there is only the dance. I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where. And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.
T. S. Eliot: The Four Quartets