Prague Quadrennial

The Prague Quadrennial organization aims to explore and present contemporary scenography - including stage, costume, lighting, sound, and other elements of performance design. The PQ mission includes mapping the latest trends in the forms of contemporary scenography and its field of operation, looking at scenography as an important agent in the making of a theatre performance, and exploring its applied forms within other fields.

Zahájení PQ 2011, foto: Halada

Core to this mission is the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space scenographic event held in Prague every four years since 1967. The main PQ event includes professional, student, and theatre architecture exhibitions from over 70 countries and regions from all over the world as well as international meetings, symposia, workshops, databases, publications, exhibitions, and online projects, and supports the exploration of practical, theoretical, and curatorial aspects of contemporary performance design in between quadrennials. These ongoing events are becoming a crucial element of the function of the PQ in strengthening the discourse of contemporary world scenography and addressing professionals, students, and wider audiences..

PQ 2011

At the latest Prague Quadrennial, over 50,000 spectators visited more than 15,000 m2 of exhibitions consisting of installations, photo exhibitions, videos, and live performances, and more than 500 events, workshops, performances, presentations, lectures, and discussions.

The 12th edition of the Prague Quadrennial in 2011 presented work from a record number of 62 participating countries within the competitive exhibitions. The international jury awarded the Golden Triga 2011 to the exhibition of Brazil in the Section of Countries and Regions because “the exhibit gives an impression of the rich diversity and the range of scenographies and productions that take place in Brazil. Equal place was given to street art, site-specific interventions, socially conscious performance, and puppetry, as well as to more conventional theatre.”

Extrémní kostým, foto: archivExpozice Brazílie, foto: archiv

The Prague Quadrennial also included special projects for costume design called Extreme Costume, and for lighting and sound design called Sound/Light, to strengthen these specific scenographic fields. For the first time in the history of the Prague Quadrennial a prize in sound design was awarded, addressing the importance of sound design within the contemporary performance.

A special outdoor performing exhibition, Intersection: Intimacy & Spectacle, which included among its artists Romeo Castellucci, Anna Viebrock, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Nathaniel Mellors, and Josef Nadj, addressed interdisciplinary, experiential, and participatory aspects of contemporary performance design.

Intersekce, foto: archiv

The Architecture Section focused on exploration of performance space beyond the traditional theatre building, included an exhibition, workshops, lectures, and projections, and took place in the stimulating space of the church of St Anne’s. A large number of projects occupied different galleries, theatres, and public spaces throughout the city.

PQ - Veletržní palác, foto: Luděk Neužil

A large part of the Prague Quadrennial 2011 was dedicated to students. This portion of the PQ was called Scenofest. It encompassed workshops, presentations, and performances organized in cooperation with OISTAT and gathered hundreds of students and young professionals working with scenography, theatre, architecture, performance, design, and visual arts..

PQ 2015

The next Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space will take place in June 2015. The official call for applications for PQ 2015 will be announced early 2013. 

Curators of countries and regions applying for the competitive sections will be invited to send their applications by summer 2013.

For individual professional and student PQ 2015 participation and visitation, please join our mailing list for the latest information.

Stay with us on our mailing list for information on our other scenography events – symposia, workshops, projects, and publications throughout 2012 – 2015.

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