“We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness."
Thich Nhat Hanh
Day 1 –Sites of eventuality
Day 2 –Between concept and experience
Day 3 - Crossing points
Every four years Prague becomes a juncture where we can gather to share new ideas, find new inspiration, meet new collaborators and above all enrich and expand the boundaries of performance design/scenography. The quadrennial effort of each participating country and region is to capture and share the essence of current trends that reflect contemporary views, thoughts, and artistic developments in performance design.
We live in a world that is rapidly changing; where the topic of borders, individual and collective identity, cultural thresholds, fast paced movement across boundaries and constant reframing of realities are woven through our thoughts and our lives.
The tensions between local and global, international and national are rising in many parts of the world and the question of identity and the border between what is familiar and what is seen as 'the other' is going through a complex evolution that brings both uncertainty and new creative energy.
Where does one idea, one thought, begin and where does it end? Can the shared environment of the exhibition hall be a place that has no lines, borders, walls or dividers but instead embraces the space as a whole? Performance design and scenography connects minds and imaginations, and passes thoughts, emotions and ideas seamlessly through time and space. The physical objects and physical presence of scenography becomes an alphabet that we read to imagine much greater places. What is left is a lingering feeling of exaltation, wonder, inspiration or whatever it may be that moves us.
Every part of the scenographic universe, created to be experienced by the performer and audience, matters. In performance design/scenography every object, every sound, every figure and audience member plays an important role in the overall structure of its complex emotional composition. Each scenographic universe i orchestrated to stimulate the participant´s mind, engage the imagination and create a memorable experience. And yet when we have to go back and re-create the essence of what we experienced in order to communicate the emotions to others, we stand in front of a complex problem: How can we recreate a moment that has passed for others to encounter? How do we preserve the emotional signatures of outstanding performances created in a specific locality, whilst finding inspiring ways to communicate its unique message to global audiences?
We would like to encourage a dialogue, collaboration and an environment that is purely scenographic, where every element including liminal spaces and spaces in between have a meaning, where every shape and object was carefully chosen with a purpose.