The PQ 2023 theme is the RARE: art springing out of ideas, materials, artistic approaches, and design practices that connect to the human level from within people’s environment, with its genius loci and unique situation. Prague Quadrennial calls on performance designers, scenographers, and performance practitioners to use their RARE imagination and creativity to help the project envision what the world and theatre could look like in the post-pandemic future.
Since the establishment of the PQ in 1967, the scenography exhibition has become the biggest professional international festival, where scenography, architecture, and performance design professionals meet. The PQ has opened the door for other artistic jobs and shows the multidisciplinarity of the field. It examines scenography its whole range – from performing art to costume, light, and sound design. One of the recent trends is installations based on performativity when audiences transform into active participants. This is why the PQ decided to change the format from an exhibition to a festival – and to make the event originally aimed at professionals more accessible to the general public.
The official announcement of the 15th edition took place on 22 June 2021 in the live online stream. Besides the main topic, venues, and artistic concept, the organizers also announced the details of the call for participation in the main exhibition part of PQ 2023. The call is open to the general public for the first time in the festival history. You can see the record of the call here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWks-rZtfos
Please visit https://www.pq.cz/ for more information about the festival.