Greece at the Prague Quadrennial

The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ) has been organised every four years since 1967 by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic in collaboration with the Prague Arts and Theatre Institute.

So far, Greece has participated six times in the PQ (1991, 1995, 2003, 2007, 2011 & 2015) represented by acclaimed, artists and awarded several distinctions. From 1991 to 2015, participation in the exhibition was organised by the Hellenic Centre of the International Theatre Institute and held under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture.

At the 1991 exhibition, Manos Perrakis was awarded the gold medal in the Theatre Architecture section jointly with France. In the Scenography section, Greece was represented by Dionisis Fotopoulos, curated by Eleni Varopoulou.

In 1995, Greece was represented by Giorgos Patsas, curated by Aliki Bakopoulou-Halls. Giorgos Patsas won the silver medal for Publications in Scenography for his book Sets-Costumes.

In 2003, the Greek National Exhibition included a group of scenographers (Apostolos Vettas, Adonis Daglidis, Ioanna Manoledaki, Ioanna Papadoniou, Giorgos Patsas and Lili Pezanou) curated by Apostolos Vettas. The participation was organised by the School of Drama of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in collaboration with the Hellenic Centre of the ITI, the School of Architecture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the National Theatre of Northern Greece. The Greek pavilion was awarded with special honourable distinction for design quality and exhibit presentation, while Giorgos Patsas won the silver medal in Scenography for his set design in Aeschylus’ The Persians directed by Lefteris Vogiatzis.

In 2007, Greece participated in the Scenography section with a group exhibition of six new scenographers (Giorgos Gavalas, Kenny MacLellan, Eleni Manolopoulou, Elli Papageorgakopoulou, Giorgos Souglidis and Mayou Trikerioti) on the theme Error, based on a concept by Michael Marmarinos (Chair of the Hellenic Centre of the ITI at the time) and curated by Christina Babou-Pagoureli. The School of Drama of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki organised the entries in the Theatre Architecture and Student sections (curated by Apostolos Vettas and Lila Karakosta respectively). The UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts – Performing Arts Section was awarded to Eliza Alexandropoulou, student of the School of Drama of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

In 2011, Greece participated in the Theatre Architecture section on the theme Something old, something new and was awarded the gold medal jointly with Mexico. The participants were FLUX Office (Eva Manidaki – Thanassis Demiris) and Office 75 (Andreas Skourtis – Stefanos Pantos) curated by Constantinos Zamanis. Konstantinia Vafeiadou represented Greece in the parallel exhibition Extreme Costume curated by the PQ11.

In 2015, Greece participated in the professional section with an extended group exhibition featuring contemporary artistic creation in the field of the performing arts that included 20 individual artists and/or teams and 27 works in the professional scenographic section. The theme New Spatialities: Performing Outdoor/Open Space was curated by Thanos Vovolis, with theory co-curators Thanos Vovolis and Maria Konomi. Greece was also represented collectively by eight educational institutions with 240 students in the student section.

Greece has also been invited twice to the international jury twice so far: in 2003 with Dionisis Fotopoulos and in 2019 with Sofia Pantouvaki.