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NOW/NEXT Performance Space at the Crossroads


The aim of the PQ ‘11 Architecture Section is to provoke architects, theatre-makers, and the public into re-thinking the potential of performance space in the new century by creating a dynamic meeting space at the PQ for presenting, representing, and discussing new ideas.

Is performance space new, found, recycled, old, fresh, safe, or dangerous? Is it inside, outside, traditional, or radical? Is it a purpose-built venue, a found site, a virtual world, or simply any space creatively claimed by performance?

WHY IS A THEATRE?: Performing Culture: Arata Isozaki - cancelled!
WHEN IS A THEATRE?: Architectural Events: Charles Renfro
HOW IS A THEATRE?: Performative Architecture: Doina Petrescu
WHERE IS A THEATRE?: Performing Publics: Richard Sennett
WHAT IS A THEATRE?: New Places of Performance: Marvin Carlson

Includes Eva Jiřicná - The participation of Václav Havel is cancelled.

With Jane Rendell, Omar Khan, Andrew Todd and Guests

The architecture section includes the work of Steven Holl, Diller Scofidio & Renfro, Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid, Mecanoo and Snohetta. It highlights artists who collaborate witharchitects and architecture to create performances – including Willi Dorner, Sasha Waltz, Frédéric Flamand and Hotel Pro Forma – as well as those who reject conventional theatrearchitecture to find or create alternative performance spaces.

Sited in the restored ancient church of St Annes at the Prague Crossroads, NOW/NEXT will display work from 32 countries in the NATIONAL EXHIBITION, project moving images of cutting-edge projects in the MEDIA TOWER and draw together major designers and thinkers to share projects and provoke new approaches in the OPEN SPATIAL LABORATORY which asks: How might spatial artists and architects imagine spaces or scenarios capable of transforming and re-inspiring public interest in watching live performance?

The Media Tower includes the following videos: Zaha Hadid: JS BACH Chamber Music Hall // Theun Mosk: Wiek/Rotor // Beth Weinstein: Frédéric Flamand in Collaboration with Six Architects // Lead Pencil Studio: Installing Non-Sign II // Sven Mehzoud: Shanghai Scenographies: Danish Pavilion // Fabrizio Crisafulli: Spectacle of Light // MAP_Movement_Architecture_Performance: Tongues of Stone // Serpentine Gallery: Serpentine Pavilions: 2000-2010 // Oren Sagiv and Artists without Borders: Transparent Wall // Monika Ponjavić & Marina Radulj: Body Never Lies // muf architecture/art & Atelier One: Villa Frankenstein // Omar Khan: Open Columns // Willi Dorner: Bodies in Urban Space // Hotel ProForma: Algebra of Place // Philippe Starck: One Day in AlhóndigaBilbao // Juliet Rufford & Robert Brocklehurst: Scratching BAC // Kengo Kuma: Casalgrande Ceramic Cloud // Nick Kapica: Sasha Waltz’s Dialogues with Architecture // Jean Nouvel: Danish Radio Hall // Rodrigo Tisi, Roberto Barría, Pablo Silva: Plastic Forest // Mette Ramsgard-Thomsen: Strange Metabolisms // Kere and Schlingensief: Festspielhaus Afrika

The Architecture Section houses also the Theatre Architecture Competition (TAC) run every four years by the Architecture Commission of OISTAT (International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians) which is open to students and emerging designers. More information about the Theatre Architecture Competition


Commissioner of the Architecture Section: Dorita Hannah (NZ)
Location of the Architecture Section: Prague Crossroads (St Anne´s Church)
See the list of countries and regions
The Architecture Section is competitive – see the PQ Jury

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