The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space was established in 1967 to bring the best of design for performance, scenography, and theatre architecture to the front line of cultural activities to be experienced by professional and emerging artists as well as the general public.
The Prague Quadrennial is globally known as a two-week event taking place every four years since 1967 in Prague, Czech Republic. This model has been evolving. More and more designers now understand PQ as a platform: a continual stream of activities and collaborations happening across the globe with many different partners, creative professionals, artists, researchers, and theorists. Each on-site festival of PQ is now a culmination of the efforts of the preceding 4 years: a celebration and an opportunity for performing arts professionals from around the world to come to one place and share their work, ideas, and thoughts during the quadrennial festival.
While celebrating the diverse forms of performance design/scenography around the globe, the Prague Quadrennial strives to present it as an art form concerned with the creation of holistic performance environments, not just decorative backgrounds; these performative spaces creatively respond to current issues of our world, ask important questions, and invite us to participate in unique moments. Every four years, PQ’s central curatorial concept shapes the festival and offers its participants a fresh look at the artistic reflection of our times in performance designs and scenographies.
Since 2007, the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute has been the producer of Polish exhibitions within the main PQ program.
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ABOUT THE 2023 EDITION | PRAGUE QUADRIENNAL 2023
The 15th edition of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space will be held on 7-18 June 2023, on the premises of the Holešovice Market.
In 2023, the motto of the exhibition of the participating countries and region is “RARE Visions”, while the motto of the student exhibition is “RARE Stories of Unique Places”.
The artistic concept penned by Markéta Fantova available at www.pq.cz:
We live in unprecedented times when the forms of art are changing. In unparalleled ways, the epidemic has affected the entire world, with different societies and communities impacted differently to a degree not yet fully acknowledged. Much of our activity and contact has moved online, changing our social and cultural habits, redefining our expectations and outlooks, and forcing us to re-evaluate and rethink our priorities. People have creatively striven to overcome the difficulties, restrictions, distancing, frustrations, and even traumas brought into their lives. Our understanding of physical distance has shifted. Sharing of spaces and ideas has moved into the virtual world. More so than ever, many of us realized the vital importance of live cultural events, their meaning for our humanity, for the cultivation of our social lives, and also how invaluable these experiences are.