After the performance is over there are only fragments of design work left - models, drawings, costumes and objects – which become capsules filled with the essence of their time, are part of important memories, and help us understand the complex currents of here and now.

Curated by Klára Zieglerová
6-16 June
Lapidarium of the National Museum at Výstaviště Praha 

The exhibition Fragments recognizes and celebrates designs where the essence of the environment and the socio-political era is preserved, craft is perfected, and the artist becomes a beacon of the profession for their
life achievements. Participating countries have selected only one item showing the most iconic or breakthrough set, costume, lighting,
projection or sound design by one of their most celebrated “Living Legends” of performance design whose work keeps inspiring new generations of artists and audiences.

For detailed informations about exhibited Fragments, see the brochure.

Disappearing Visceral Landscapes

We will share results of an ongoing EU grant project. The project is concerned with preserving memories of renowned artists whose work inspiration is traceable to a specific location and giving an opportunity to young designers to learn from the masters. In addition to the studio visits we will also record an interview with each artist that will preserve precious memories, views, thoughts and ideas in the artist’s own words. This way the ideas and thoughts will be accessible to young designers without any theoretical interpretation. These interviews will be used for further research and create a base for an on-line interview database.

Gallery Talks

Throughout PQ we are pleased to offer the opportunity for small audiences to hear from some of the “living-legends” whose work is exhibited within Fragments. Each session features a few artists giving a short introduction to their life, work, and practice before a moderated question session.

07 06 2019 14:30 – 16:30

Paul Gallis, Netherlands
Count Your Blessings
Fundamentally changing the aesthetics of the proscenium stage in the Netherlands, Paul Gallis embraces the controversial and deploys scenography to create new relationships with the spectator.

Cristina Reis, Portugal
The English Cat
Cristina Reis elevates design to the condition of art and has been, in Portugal, the inventor of set design as a self-reflexive practice.

Franics O’Connor, Ireland
Tree of Nails
Tree Of Nails from Waiting for Godot However spectacular or bold his stages are, Francis O’Connor’s designs are always at the service of the play as he reimagines and finds new ways of presenting the Irish canon.

Joseph Ciller, Slovakia
The Bride of the Ridge
Joseph Ciller works with visceral materials and pure indication in a style distinctive for its simplicity, straightforwardness, and seeming austerity in expression.

08 06 2019 14:30 – 16:00

Dorita Hannah, New Zealand
PhoneHome: Island Icarus (“you peeled our skin off”)
With two decades of prolific interdisciplinary practice and scholarship, Dorita Hannah is the author of wondrous, poetic, thought-provoking moments, texts and spaces in the world.

Juan Gómez-Cornejo, Spain
Lighting For Pandur. Fragmentos Del Alma
Juan Gómez-Cornejo develops daring and audacious atmospheres, giving the best of himself to dramatic texts with a power of abstraction distant from conventional lighting.

09 06 2019 14:30 – 16:00

Andy Bargilly, Cyprus
Seven against Thebes
Andy Bargilly has not only created landmarks of sceographic approach in Cyprus, but has served in many influential and significant public posts related to the arts.

Jean-Claude De Bemels, Belgium
La mission
Jean-Claude De Bemels contributed to an evolution, modifiying theatre making in Belgium by bringing greater attention and value to the role of design as a major dramatic force.

Kirsten Dehlholm, Denmark
I Only Appear To Be Dead
Working with research and tools such as perception, sensing, light, and architecture Kirsten Dehlholm examines the phenomena of the world, pushing scenographic and performative experience in new directions.

10 06 2019 14:30 – 16:00

Alexander Lisiyansky, Israel
Lost Between X-Y-Z
Through this new-made piece, designer Alexander Lisiyansky reminds viewers that the designer’s work is never done, and the work of space design is never finished.

Fruzsina Nagy, Hungary
“Villa on Andrássy Avenue” in the performance PestiEsti
Costumes can be protagonists. Fruzsina Nagy brings costume into the center of the theatre production, where costumes can reflect in novel ways on the main topic of the show.

11 06 2019 14:30 – 16:00

Liisa Ikonen, Finland
Dialogic Scenography: Phenomenological Interpretation of an Alternative Work Process
Liisa Ikonen’s thesis, focusing on the questions of being, artistic freedom, and equality, broke conventional orders and encouraged artists to develop a new methodology.

12 06 2019 14:30 – 16:00

Pamela Howard, UK
A Tri-Coloured World
Believing in a responsibility to tell important stories of displacement and dispossession in the face of global tyrannies, Pamela Howard has led a life making art without borders.

Ali Raffi, Iran
Fox Hunting
Theatre maker Ali Raffi tells powerful, relevant stories through unique scenography, commenting on global issues while reminding that “Theatre is not a vitrine for history.”

13 06 2019 14:30 – 16:00

Luis Carlos Vásquez, Costa Rica
Through his work on stage and pedagogy, Luis Carlos Vásquez Mazzilli inspires generations to view communicating as an art where symbol supports and supplements the text.

Other Fragments Artists whose work can be seen in the Exhibition:

Paul Brown, Wales
Studio Section
A place for everything and everything in its place – Paul Brown’s brilliance is presented in the organized chaos of his London studio where so many iconic designs were created.

Tumurkhuyag Burmaam, Mongolia
Shape of the Basement
Creating literal and metaphorical new worlds, Tumurkhuyag Burmaa was ahead of his time, introducting modern scenographic practice to Mongolia, encouraging free thinking, and inspiring Democracy.

Xue Dianjie, China
Life of Galileo
Xue Dianjie broke away from the restriction of illusionism and applies supposition of stage boldly, creating works that exemplify the stage as a place for performance.

Hélio Eichbauer, Brazil
O Rei Da Vela
As Brazilians once again are provoked to react against the stagnation and retrogression in their modern country, the work of Helio Eichbauer again rings as a cultural political manifesto.

Yukio Horio, Japan
The Flying Dutchman
The most prolific Japanese stage designer Yukio Horio is known for his ability to analyze dramas from the viewpoint of a director, creating simple and symbolic formative expressions.

Ming Cho Lee, The United States of America
Boris Godunov
Ming Cho Lee’s stage design radically altered American scenography, introducing a sculptural style with soaring verticality previously unknown in America and influencing generations of leading theatre artists.

Mary Kerr, Canada
The Three Penny Opera
Visual dramaturg Mary Kerr challenges preconceived notions regarding the role of the stage designer with bold expressions born of movement, music, and pen drawings.

Thom Luz, Switzerland
Unusual Weather Phenomena Machine
For atmospheric wizard Thom Luz, music is not just a frame that simply paves the way for a new, other world; it is far more than a language and a theatrical performance.

Yevhen Lysyk, Ukraine
Creation of the World
The People’s Artist of Ukraine, Yevhen Lysyk’s design has become a seminal phenomenon in the history of Ukrainian Ballet Art and Scenography and is considered an influential masterpiece.

Iva Němcová, Czech Republic
Iva Němcová is known for her inventive use of spatial and visual metaphor, her ability to create startling  emantic connections, her playfulness, and her sense of irony.

Kustav-Agu Püüman, Estonia
Beast on the Moon
With poignant glamour and sophisticated elegance, the artist Kustav-Agu Püüman brings masterfully to   focus a simple object that has a personal as well as a national resonance.

Maria and Tolita Figueroa, Mexico
Unos Cuantos Piquetitos/A Few Small Nips
María & Tolita Figueroa balance design and craft, producing costume that are a fundamental element of staging which have inspired three generations of stage creators.

The Fragments is part of EMERGENCE. From shared experience to new creativity. Living Heritage/Reframing Memory.