When will PQ 2019 happen?

The 14th edition of PQ will happen from 6th to 16th June 2019.

Where will PQ 2019 be held?

PQ 2019 will take place at the Industrial Palace and Prague Exhibition Grounds. This location hosted the first and many subsequent PQs, though PQ 2011 and PQ 2015 were held in other locations. A video showing the individual parts of the Industrial Palace and Prague Exhibition Grounds can be seen below.

Student program – PQ Studio will take traditionally place at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU).

What is the theme of PQ 2019?

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…

The Golden Triga, the statue and the main award traditionally given as the highest prize to the best exhibition, inspires this edition of the Prague Quadrennial. 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: Imagination, Transformation and Memory.

Do specific themes correlate to specific exhibitions?

Yes, each of the three main themes corresponds to one of the three major exhibitions.

Imagination correlates with the Student Exhibition and encourages curators to bring work, both realized and conceptual, from students and emerging designers up to 5 years post graduation.

The Exhibition of Countries and Regions takes the theme of Transformation and each offering should capture and share the essence of current trends that reflect contemporary views, thoughts, and artistic developments in performance design realized in past six years in theatres or other sites adapted by scenographic means. The main focus will be on the performance design as a strong integral element of performance, not conceptual, directorial or dramaturgical approaches where performance design plays a subservient role. We are not interested in creating a series of small exhibition sub-spaces, but rather one scenographic landscape, containing distinct places where different kind of experience is offered. However, the work of practicing performance designers should be the focus of each exhibition, with the installation framing the displayed work.

Memory lends itself to Fragments, a special exhibition highlighting the work of a single living-legend from each participating country or region.

Students related info

What projects/exhibitions are dedicated to students?

PQ is excited to have several projects dedicated to students and emerging designers (though all projects are open to participation and representation from artists at any stage of their career).

PQ Studio (formerly the PQ Student Section, Scenofest or SpaceLab) will include the performance festival, workshops, masterclasses.

Call for applications was published on 30 March 2018. Application Deadline was on 31 May 2018.

Call for applications was published on 30 April 2018. Application Deadline was on 31 June 2018.

Call for applications will be published on 29 June 2018. Application Deadline is on 10 January 2019.

The 36Q° is another project focused on emerging designers interested in utilizing technology in artistic creation.

The Student Exhibition will showcase the work of students and emerging designers up to 5 years out of school from each country or region.

Can I curate any exhibition/section? Can I take part in any exhibition/project?

Each country or regions selected organizer will choose the curator and team for their respective exhibition –and that can be anyone they deem appropriate to lead the project.

Students often lead the teams for Student Exhibitions, but again at the discretion of the organizing institution or organization.

Student may directly apply to any of the other projects:

Call for applications was published on 30 April 2018. Application Deadline was on 31 June 2018.

Call for applications will be published on 29 June 2018. Application Deadline is on 10 January 2019.

Workshops related info

When will the submission for participants be open?

Please note that participation in the results-driven workshops will be by application only. Submission of applications from potential participants will be open from 1 September 2018 until 31 October 2018.

Registration for all workshops and masterclasses will be open on 30 November 2018.

How many participants are expected in each workshop or masterclass?

Each workshop or masterclass will accommodate between 10-25 participants depending on the format.

In what language will workshops and masterclasses be conducted?

All workshops and masterclasses should be presented in English and presenters should be proficient communicators in this language. However, proposals will be accepted for bilingual workshops (English + another language) or from project leaders who will provide their own assistant/translator.

What topics are explored through PQ Studio workshops and masterclasses?

PQ Studio will act as a catalyst for creative progress by encouraging experimentation, networking, innovation and future collaboration. In this spirit, we are looking for proposals that explore all forms and approaches of performance design organized around PQ2019’s guiding artistic principals of IMAGINATION, TRANSFORMATION and MEMORY.

A list of approaches can be found in the Call for Proposals.

PQ Studio: Festival

What technical set-up the Theatre DISK offers to performers?

Detailed description of Theatre Disk space and technical set-up is available HERE.

Will permissions and occupations for alternative space performances be procured by PQ Team?

PQ team will take care of all permissions and occupations regarding proposed venues. The alternative spaces laid out in the call are characteristic of the three types of spaces (public square, street, and indoor passage) and PQ will provide more specific information about the confirmed spaces to selected proposals

PQ Talks related info

Are PQ Talks only for participants that consider themselves “scenographers”?

No. PQ Talks is open to contributions from anyone engaged with theatre and performance making. While many, including PQ, recognize “performance design” as a more inclusive term for those designing across all disciplines for live performance, the curators of this project have intentionally chosen the more provocative term of “scenography” with a positive incentive to emphasize the complexity and full potential of the set of practices and approaches that have been forming and transforming the PQ community, where the term “scenography“ has traditionally been used. In no way is the use of the term meant to be limiting or restrictive in content or participation.

Are there any specific themes for PQ Talks?

PQ Talks will follow the main themes of PQ2019 connected with the cyclical phases of the creative process: ImaginationTransformation, and Memory. Through these areas the curators seek to explore “scenography” in its broadest sense, investigating what scenography is, what scenography could be, and what scenography was.

A detailed list of approaches and themes can be found in the Call for Proposals.

Who can be a speaker at PQ Talks?

PQ Talks may be presented by anyone with the interest in the arts and performance design, in particular, professionals, educators, and students/emerging designers.

Is there a preferred language for PQ Talks?

PQ Talks will be conveyed in English, which is the official language of the Prague Quadrennial. However, we also encourage contributions by presenters with a limited command of English. In curating the program, we will do our best to accommodate proposals and provide support for translation and presentation.

How to apply for being a presenter at PQ Talks?

Anyone interested presenting as part of PQ Talks should submit their proposal online after carefully reading the Open Call. The proposals should include an abstract (max. 1800 characters) and an indication of a particular format of the proposed talk with a brief justification of the format.

What form should a talk have? How to understand different formats of PQ Talks?

Traditional Presentation: The classic PowerPoint or Prezi (or any other software) presentation when the speaker talks to public for limited time and let the discussion happen at the end of the presentation.

Moderated Conversation: A presenter issues provocations and engages the audience while moderating an open discussion among the audience.

Panel Discussion: A group of presenters discuss the topic, usually with a moderator leading the discussion, with presenters reacting to the moderator´s or each other´s questions and comments.

Flash Talk: A short, 10-minute presentation where a presenter shares concentrated information about a specific project, area, or experience.

Other: PQ Talks welcome proposals for contributions which do not fit any of these pre-set categories but still feel appropriate as part of this section of PQ.

The Best Performance Design & Scenography Publication Award

Does the publication need to be submitted by its author?

Applications may be submitted by the publisher, author, or editor.

Is the award dedicated to authors, publishers or editors of publications?

We deeply appreciated the team work and all of the professionals whose skills are utilized in releasing a publication and in the collaborative spirit of PQ the award will be given to the publication as a whole. However, the author or editor of the winning publication will be the main person invited to accept the award and discuss their work at PQ.

What is the limit publishing date? How “old” can publication be?

Published works released since 1 January 2015 are eligible for submission.

Can periodic and journals be submitted?

Yes. Publications can be monographs, theoretical and historiographic, as well as publications about practice, including journals of performance design and scenography.