The Prague Quadrennial has published its program! Over the course of 11 days, the theatre event of the year offers expositions from 79 countries, more than 800 artists from around the world, and over 600 performances, workshops, and lectures.
Among other things, accreditation – available for an early bird rate until 18 May – allows you to register for the PQ Talks lecture series online at my.pq.cz. Stars who will appear at PQ include illustrator Olivia Lomenech Gill and Italian opera director and scenographer Stefano Poda. Audiovisual artist Romain Tardy will discuss technologies and the digital world, and PQ’s artistic director Markéta Fantová will share her international experiences as a curator.
The PQ has also opened registration for the more than 50 performances being shown as part of PQ Studio: Festival organized by DAMU. You can also register your children for workshops – weekend animation workshops held by Aeroškola and for a workshop with Olivia Lomenech Gill. Tickets for selected events can be purchased also via GoOut.
/The PQ Talks presents international artists from a variety of disciplines
The PQ Talks discussion and lecture series looks at contemporary trends in scenography and engages in a critical reflection on artistic collaboration in theatre, including techniques, processes, and sources of innovation. Curators Pavel Drábek and Barbora Příhodová have invited not only stars from the various fields but also artists who only recently began their careers. The morning and afternoon blocks of lectures are open to accredited visitors only! The evening PQ Talks (which all start at 7 pm) are free of charge for accreditation holders (but need to be registered), but also open to the public (in this case you have to buy tickets via GoOut).
The evening lecture series opens on 7 June with international curators Jochen Volz, Markéta Fantová, and Kate Bailey discussing the subject of tearing down borders in art. On 8 June, famous opera director Stefano Poda will reveal his distinctive approach to choreography and to the stage, costume, and lighting design. On Sunday 9 June, artist and illustrator Olivia Lomenech Gill, who in recent years has worked on Michael Morpurgo’s book War Horse and J. K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will present her work. The Monday evening lecture (10 June) will present the winning projects from the Performance Space Exhibition, and on 13 June the stage will belong to director Luk Perceval and scenographer Annette Kurz.
The evening PQ Talks conclude with two-panel discussions. The first, on 13 June, features PQ’s international team of curators (Markéta Fantová, Serge von Arx, D. Chase Angier, Barbora Příhodová, Sophie Jump, Patrick Du Wors, Klára Zieglerová, and Jan K. Rolník), and on 14 June the curatorial team of the 36Q° project will discuss the disappearing boundary between the digital and physical world and art.
/Children’s weekend workshops in illustration and film animation
The main objective of the Prague Quadrennial’s kids’ section is to introduce children and young people to the world of contemporary theatre. The PQ Family offers them a chance to peer inside the world of scenographers and theatre architects from around the world. The main part of the interactive program titled “Experience a Miracle!”, which has been organized for PQ by the Do You Have a Knack for Art? features six boxes connected with one another via tunnels. The resulting labyrinth, located in one of the pavilions flanking the Krizik Fountain, will consist of several “miraculous” stations whose form is the brainchild of three artists: Markéta Hlinovská, who often finds inspiration from the world of animals, multimedia artist Tereza Damcová, who combines audio installations with visual art, and the artist known as Kakalík, who creates comic books and humorous animated films.
The program’s curators have also put together workshops for primary and secondary schools, plus weekend workshops for the public: a workshop with illustrator Olivia Lomenech Gill on Saturday 8 June, and an animation workshop by Aeroškola on Sunday 9 June and Saturday 15 June where kids can bring Lego pieces to life while shooting their own film. Admission is free, but make sure to reserve spaces in advance. On Sunday 16 June workshop Do You Have a Knack for Art? will hold a workshop titled Experience a Miracle. This workshop is intended for children aged 3 to 6 (morning) or 6 to 12 (afternoon). Capacity for all workshops is limited, and prior reservation or a ticket purchased via GoOut is required.
/PQ Studio Festival: A selection of the best student works
DAMU – the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague – is contributing to the PQ program with a section titled PQ Studio: Festival. Over the course of eleven days, this sub-festival organized by students from DAMU presents more than 60 international theatre productions, performances, concerts, and installations. Venues include DAMU, Jan Palach Square, V Kotcích Street, and X10 just off Národní třída.
PQ Studio: Festival’s performances are free of charge only for PQ accreditation holders and need to be registered via my.pq.cz. For others, tickets can be purchased via GoOout.
PQ Studio: Festival is a survey of works by students and beginning professionals from around the world. Some 140 productions and performances from nearly 20 countries (including Brazil, Taiwan, the USA, Chile, and Switzerland) applied to the open call for submissions. Among other productions, visitors can look forward to 3 Catastrophes I Happily Survived from Switzerland, Media Claun from the USA, and @heyhex, featuring performers from Canada, Japan, and Thailand.
PQ is a living organism and, as such, it is subject to changes. Program on this website is being updated, you can also follow our social media or visit our info point in person. We also encourage you to be open to surprises and unexpected experiences.