The Best Publication Award

The Best Performance Design & Scenography Publication Award aims to enhance the visibility of a diverse range of publications created about and around performance design and scenography since the last Prague Quadrennial.

Selection Jury: Barbora Příhodová (Curator of PQ Talks, Villanova University, USA), Šárka Havlíčková Kysová (Editor-in-Chief of Theatralia, Masaryk University, CZ), Pavel Drábek (Curator of PQ Talks, University of Hull, UK)

6-16 June
Central Hall of the Industrial Palace

Presentation of Winning Projects: 14 June, 14:30 – 16:00, Krizik Pavilion E (Prague Exhibition Grounds)


The jury greatly appreciates the high quality of all the publications submitted to the PQ 2019 Best Publication Scenography Award competition. The range of scenographic interests, points of views, the wealth of scenographic activities around the world, the innovative research and discoveries are staggering and have made it particularly difficult for the jury to adjudicate. The jury therefore decided to publish a longlist of twenty selected publications and a shortlist of eight publications to acknowledge and celebrate the quality and riches of the books submitted for the prize. For the longlist and the shortlist, please see below.

There were of course a few titles that were very loosely related to even a very inclusive understanding of scenography; while often remarkable as publications in their own right, they have not been included in the narrower selections. The jury regrets that there were several publications that came out only a few weeks outside the set criteria, either before or after the publication range. There is hope that these wonderful books will win their recognition in other prizes just like they won the admiration of the jury.

After hours spent with the submitted publications, several meetings and long discussions, the jury has agreed wholeheartedly on the selections – of the longlist, the shortlist as well as the final winners. While this process of deliberation was particularly difficult, it was spent in company of beautifully crafted books that present enriching knowledge in an aesthetically accomplished manner – in format, illustrations, graphic design, typeset and overall execution. The winners combine a range of outstanding qualities, from incisive reflection of theatre and performance practice, an appreciative awareness of traditions and histories, groundbreaking archival research, cultural diversity and inclusivity, research rigour to the beauties of the book as an artefact in its own right. The authors, editors, book designers, typesetters, publishers and distributors as well as all those who have contributed to this harvest of scenographic publications need to be commended for their outstanding efforts.

In selecting the books for the longlist, the shortlist and the finalist two awards, the jury would like to acknowledge and celebrate the impressive achievement and the artistic, academic, intellectual and humanist accomplishment that produced these publications and turned the PQ 2019 Best Publication Scenography Award into a feast of scenography as a discipline.

PQ 2019 Best Publication Scenography Award

Costume in Performance: Materiality, Culture, and the Body
Author: Donatella Barbieri (with a contribution from Melissa Trimingham)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
ISBN 9781474271400

It is only in the past few years that costume has gained more consistent critical attention, and Donatella Barbieri’s Costume in Performance: Materiality, Culture, and the Body in Performance, with contributions by Melissa Trimingham, is an outstanding example of it. It is an excellently researched book, rich with visual materials, that highlights the potential and agency of costume as a “dialogic element of performance with its own, often complex and constructed meanings” (167). Barbieri’s narrative is complex, yet accessible, meticulously researched in archives, weaving together analyses of historical costumes with case studies of contemporary use of costume in performance to reveal the significance of costume and costumed body in performance making and beyond. It is a challenging, thought-provoking and beautifully crafted book that crucially contributes to our understanding of performance design/scenography.

Honorary PQ 2019 Scenography Publication Award

Setting the stage: 12 fortællinger on Scenography
Author: Trine Ross
Publisher: Lindhardt og Ringhof, 2018
ISBN 9788711692554

The jury also wishes to recognize Setting the Stage: 12 Narratives on Scenography with an honorary award for the ways it presents and represents scenography, its elements and processes, in its different genres/forms, and reflects present day scenographic practice in an inspired and inspiring fashion, and because it does so not only through written narrative, but also through stunning visual materials.

The shortlist of 8 selected publications:

Kamilo Tompa i kazalište / Kamilo Tompa and Theatre
Author Martina Petranović
Editors Ivana Bakal and Martina Petranović
Publisher HAZU & ULUPUH
ISBN 9789533471440

Scenografia w Akademi Sztuk Pieknych w Krakowie
Authors Małgorzata Komorowska and Roman Łodziński
Publisher Wydawnictwo Akademii Sztuk Pięknych im. Jana Matejki w Krakowie
ISBN 9788394984786

Beyond Scenography
Author Rachel Hann
Publisher Routledge
ISBN 9781138785069

The Director’s Prism
E. T. A. Hoffmann and the Russian Theatrical Avant-Garde
Author Dassia N. Posner
Publisher Northwestern University Press
ISBN 0-8101-3355-5

Zbyněk Kolář
Author Vlasta Koubská
Publisher Divadelní ústav
ISBN 9788070083901

The Model as Performance
Staging Space in Theatre and Architecture
Authors Thea Brejzek and Lawrence Wallen
Editors Joslin McKinney and Scott Palmer
Publisher Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
ISBN 9781474271400

The longlist also includes:

Time Here Becomes Space: Scenography
Author Lars-Åke Thessman
Publisher Art And Theory Publishing (Anna Janerås)
ISBN 9789188031624

Annette Kurz: Szenische Objekte/Objets scéniques
Editor Ute Müller-Tischler
Publisher Theater der Zeit
ISBN 9783957490094

Bettina Mayer: Eins Zu Fünfundzwanzig / One To Twenty Five
Editors Judith Gerstenberg and Ute Müller-Tischler
Publisher Theater der Zeit
ISBN 9783957490728

Martin Rupprecht – Bühnen Bilder
Author Martin Rupprecht
Editors Werner Heegewaldt and Peter W. Marx
Publisher Theater der Zeit
ISBN 9783957491398

3D Printing Basics for Entertainment Design
Author Anne McMills
Publisher Routledge
ISBN 1138211354

Drawing Theatre
Author Pamela Howard
Editors Rebecca Pride and Violet McClean
Publisher Text+Work, The Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth
ISBN 9780901196729

Vanda Pavelić-Weinert
Author Martina Petranović & Guido Quien
Editors Ivana Bakal and Martina Petranović
Publisher HAZU & ULUPUH
ISBN 9789533271460

Maelstrom: Franz Marc, German Expressionism and Modernism in Georgia
Author Ketevan Kintsurashvili
Editors Meri Nebieridze and William King
Publisher K Jart Books
ISBN 9789941080043

Stage Lighting & more
Author Dan Redler
Editors Ben Zion Minitz and Chajit Ben Ami
Publisher Niv Books
ISBN 9789659259250

Scenography Expanded
An Introduction to Contemporary Performance Design
Editors Joslin McKinney and Scott Palmer
Publisher Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
ISBN 9781474244398

Meyerhold and the Cubists: Perspectives on Painting and Performance
Author Amy Skinner
Publisher Intellect
ISBN 9781783201914

50 Years of Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space
Author Liu Xinglin
Publisher China Theatre Press
ISBN 9787104045762