PRAGUE QUADRENNIAL 2019
The Society of British Theatre Designers co-ordinates the UK exhibits for the Prague Quadrennial. Each country contributing to PQ endeavours to take a professional exhibit and a student/early career exhibit. For PQ2019, we have created Staging Places Studio. Twelve designers were selected from our open call submissions by an industry panel to represent the diversity of work being made throughout the UK.
Alexander Rigg – Orographic, Oceanallover, Scotland (2018)
Becky Minto and Mark Murphy – Out of This World, VTOL, MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling and tour (2017)
David Farley – Flood, Slung Low, Hull City of Culture (2017)
Ian MacNeil – Angels in America, National Theatre (2017)
Jamie Vartan – The Second Violinist, The Black Box, Galway and Barbican (2017)
Laura Ann Price – Talking Heads, Leeds Playhouse (2018)
Leslie Travers – Elysium, Norwegian National Opera (2016)
Rajha Shakiry – Misty, Bush Theatre and Trafalgar Studios (2018)
Shizuku Hairu – Dystopian Dream, Sadler’s Wells and international touring (2017)
Simon Kenny – Black Men Walking, Eclipse, Royal Exchange Studio and touring (2018)
Soutra Gilmour – Pinter at the Pinter, West End (2018)
Throughout the festival, Staging Places Studio will be animated by debates, provocations and talks with a range of national and international practitioners and will operate in dialogue with The Future Utopias Imaginarium the exhibit created by our early career and student curatorial team.
Alexander Rigg in conversation with Fiona Watt
How to curate a national exhibition chaired by Fiona Watt
David Farley in conversation with David Shearing
Laura Ann Price in conversation with David Shearing
How sound creates intimacy and intimate places – open discussion with Kathrine Sandys
Opportunities And Challenges Of Designing Outside The Capital City – open discussion with May Davies
Tanja Beer in conversation with Lucy Thornett
How does performance design overlap with other spatial practices – discussion with Lucy Thornett
Cecile Tremoliere in conversation with Fiona Watt
The Envelope Room in conversation with Lucy Thornett
Practice research in performance design – an open discussion with Rachel Hann
Ecoscenography in Action – an open discussion with Andrea Carr
Becky Minto in conversation with Claire Halleran
The Future Utopias Imaginarium
A kinetic, experimental laboratory space, populated and facilitated by a dynamic student and early career curatorial team, directly linked to the Staging Places studio. The audience is invited to observe and interact with a team of ‘’Future Makers’’ in a circular space that sits between a factory and a gameshow. An endlessly recurring process to build a future utopia is activated by chance and imagination, and overseen by a mysterious authority figure.
The Future Utopias Imaginarium process began in a collaborative workshop with a group of over thirty student and early-career designers and performance makers who were then invited to apply for bursaries to become members of the curatorial team for PQ2019. Over the last five months a core team of nine practitioners of various backgrounds from Edinburgh, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Birmingham and London have constructed a shifting performance space for the Quadrennial.
The team are :
Yifat Shir- Moskovitz