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 was 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 project presents performance design as both an artistic and technical medium concerned with the creation of active, sensorial, and predominantly non-tangible environments.
Call for applications is published at Open Call section. Application Deadline is on 11 January 2019.

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 was 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 was by application only. Submission of applications from potential participants was open from 1 September 2018 until 31 October 2018.

Registration for all workshops and masterclasses will be open in January/February 2019.

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.

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