Tour of US Entry
to PQ Being Planned for 2011-12
USITT-USA PQ Curator
The curatorial team for the USITT Prague Quadrennial
USA 2011 is putting together an exciting new exhibit called From
the Edge to be unveiled in Prague June 16 to 26, 2011. Exhibit opportunities
are offered to galleries and museums for a tour between August 2011 and
December 2012 with proposed stops in New York City, Chicago, San Antonio
or Austin, and Los Angeles. The exhibit can be the core around which
a constellation of events may be planned for each location including
working with local university theatre and art departments, curatorial
walks, and attendant workshops. The Curators are poised to show the world
a uniquely American view of theatre that is not typically exhibited.
Funded by the Institute, From the Edge is self-critical
and political in nature. It will contain such work as Waiting for
Godot staged by Paul Chan in the ruins of the city of New Orleans, works from
Undesirable Elements series, the direction and design of Nancy Keystone,
notably in her production of Apollo, Phamaly Theatre’s production
of Side Show performed entirely by a talented disabled cast, and Bond
Street Theatre working in concert with Exile Theatre of Afghanistan.
Videotaped interviews with theatre artists will accompany costumes, models,
props, photographs, and paintings to help contextualize the work.
limited at PQ11 to a defined space, the exhibit will be designed
to be assembled in different ways and allow each gallery and museum to
format the exhibition to its own needs. However, the design, created
by veteran scenic designer Bill Bloodgood, will be so compelling that
curators will want to install the exhibition as originally conceived.
It is not too early to contact Tour Director Ken Martin at kmartin(at)coastal.edu or kjgc.design(at)gmail.com.
The Prague Quadrennial has occurred every four
years in the Czech Republic since the Cold War and brings
together theatre artists from as many as 60 countries on
five continents. Each country presents a curated exhibition
of their top theatre artists and students. The PQ has
been likened to the Venice Biennale and is considered the “Olympics
of Design.” The USITT
PQ USA ’11 website
offers information about the United States’ exhibit. Richard Finklestein
has two related photo websites, one specifically for PQ ’07 and
some on his public gallery.