PQ Studio

PQ Studio celebrates the real and imaginary spaces in which designers create. Our studios, whether physical or mental spaces, are places where imagined ideas are incubated, assessed, selected or rejected, and then re-imagined; a process repeated and repeated in search of the elusive and alchemical ingredients of theatricality.

Curated by Patrick Du Wors
PQ Studio: Festival co-curated by Michal Lázňovský
Co-Curators for PQ Studio: Festival and Curators for PQ Studio: Chill: Sára Pospíšilová, Martina Diblíková , Adam Bureš, Veronika Schneiderová, Kristýna Sýbová, Alice Kofláková, Tomáš Sosna, Jana Takáčová, Prokop Novák, Patricie Belecová, Jan Honeiser, Vojtěch Rydlo 

PQ Studio is possible through a long-standing, strong partnership with The Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts Prague (DAMU).

Built on the legacy of Scenofest (2003-11) and SpaceLab (2015), PQ Studio explores this process and its resulting products through four curated sections to promote the work and development of emerging artists, professional designers, and arts-educators. PQ Studio: Workshops and Masterclasses is a program of multi-day intensive workshops and short-form masterclasses. PQ Studio: Festival presents over 50 interdisciplinary works performed in the heart of Prague. PQ Studio: Common Design Project creates discussion through an exhibition of student performance designs and organized critiques around Alfred Jarry’s play, Ubu Roi.  And the after-hours programPQ Studio: Chill, offers unique events in a social atmosphere. 

PQ Studio: Festival and DAMU Presents

More information about these parts of PQ Studio HERE.

Common Design Project

The Common Design Project was originally conceived by Pamela Howard and had a major presence at the 2003 (A Lear for Our Time) and 2007 (The Birds) editions of PQ. The project returns with the international community of design for performance courses invited to set a selected text as a studio design project (conceived for any type of theatre, whether traditional proscenium, small and immersive spaces, found space projects, etc…) that encourages students and emerging designers to explore Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry through their own lens by considering approaches meaningful to a contemporary audience. 15 design courses have been selected and invited to bring their work to Prague for a joint display and to have their concepts critiqued by leading practitioners Tom Piper (UK), Eloize Kazan (Mexico/Croatia), Freshteh Rostanour (USA/Iran) & Samuel Wang (Taiwan). The exhibition will be open to the public for viewing during the afternoons 13 – 15 June and throughout the day on 16 June.

Workshops and Masterclasses

Workshops and Masterclasses will give an opportunity for emerging designers, young artists, and those interested in expanding their craft to learn from the international gathering of industry leading practitioners attending PQ 2019. These include explorations across all design disciplines (including set/space, sound, lighting, costume, projection, experience) as well as intensives in technical skills, stage management, and arts administration.

PQ Studio: Results Driven Workshops

The first 5 days of the series will consist of multi-day, results oriented intensives in which participants work with established artists to produce an experience to be shared with the wider PQ audience at the Industrial Palace. The results will be installed during the day on 12 June in view of the public and then presented in the evening as the Emergence: Festival. These experiences, whether performative or an installation, will showcase the imagination of young artists and explore the breadth of possibilities presented by design for performance.

These workshops include:
Spatial Dramaturgies. Interdisciplinary Macbeth
Workshop Leaders: Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Aleksandar Dundjerovic
Transcending Boundaries and Amplifying Identity with Giant Puppets
Workshop Leaders: Ana Diaz Barriga,  Jess Kaufman
The Quest – Performing with the Ghost
Workshop Leaders: Ephemera Collective, Jorge Palinhos, Attila Antal,  Eric V. dela Cruz
The Hidden Lives of Space: Site-Based Performance Ecology
Workshop Leaders: Ian Garrett, Tanja Beer, Paul Cegys , Justine Garrett, Andy Houston
Scaling-Up! Transfer Your Production to a Larger and/or Different Type of Theatre
Workshop Leader: Allan Stichbury
Material Interactions: A Journey in Movement
Workshop Leaders: Wearing Space Collective led by Donatella Barbieri with Mary Kate Connolly, Giulia Pecorari, Pinar Gercek
Transforming Space with Illuminated Sculpture
Workshop Leaders: Peter Balkwill, Nan Balkwill, Marie-Êve Cormier, Ian McFarlane, Randi Edmundson, Dave Lane
Form Follows Fold
Workshop Leader: Tsai-Chun Huang
Expansive Listening: An Eco-Materialist Approach to Devising Spatial Designs
Workshop Leaders: Tanja Beer, Jennifer Tran
Nomadic Bodies of Light in Public Space
Workshop Leaders: Antony (Ant) Nevin, Josh Lewis, Franziska Steinkohl
Workshop Leader: Agata Skwarczynska, Juli Balazs, Uta Gruber-Ballehr, Ana Lopez Cobos
Devising the Collaborative Imagination
Workshop Leaders: Eric Rose, Anton deGrootParticipants of Results Driven

The list of all Result Driven Workshops is available  HERE.

Workshops were already selected through Open Calls.

PQ Studio: Results Driven Workshops is part of EMERGENCE. From shared experience to new creativity. Living Heritage/Reframing Memory.

PQ Studio: Exploratory Workshops

The final 4 days of PQ Studio will follow a traditional form and consist of shorter masterclasses that explore more narrowly defined aspects of performance design through discussions, lectures, and active participation.

Participation in PQ Studio: Exploratory Workshops is by first-come, first-served and all of the workshops are now sold out! However, 2 “rush” tickets will be offered each morning for all exploratory workshops taking place on that day. Those wishing to have an opportunity to join the workshop should join the line at DAMU in the morning and we will being selling the remaining places at 09:50. At this time any empty space created by “no-show” participants will also be filled.

The list of Exploratory Workshops: