Czech scenography is still in great condition
The Arts and Theatre Institute takes care of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, therefore it bears intensive relations with the theatre community and the international non-governmental organisation of scenographers, theatre architects and technicians OISTAT. It organized the third World Stage Design at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
It was the exhibition of 117 scenographers from all around the world. The international community and local students had the possibility to enjoy a programme full of workshops, lectures and performances, which worked very innovatively with space, costumes and light. Czech scenographer Simona Rybáková received an important award for her work Air – Alien – Mucha’s Epic created with the brothers Caban’s team. The work was exhibited in the category of costume. Kristýna Täubelová, the talented Czech scenographer, prepared the performance called Jednoduchá tragédie/A Simple Tragedy and the Institute of Light Design, the progressive independent organization cooperating with Czech theatre stages, had a presentation at discussion forums. The next World Stage Design is going to take place in four years in China, Taiwan or the Philippines.
The Czech general public is going to have a chance to see the award-winning work of Simona Rybáková as well as works by dozens of Czech scenographers of all generations. The Czech Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians resurrects the traditional professional exhibition Salon of Czech Scenography, which last took place in 2005. The people in Brno have the chance to see contemporary Czech scenography at the Reduta Theatre in Brno from November 22 – December 6, 2013. The exhibition then moves to the Czech Centre in Prague from April 2 – 11, 2014. The event takes place under the auspices of Professor Jaroslav Malina. Significant scenographers Marie Jirásková and Jana Preková have the architectonic supervision.
extile and costume designer Simona Rybáková studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, at the University of Applied Arts in Helsinki, Finland and at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, the USA. She was a member of the executive board of the international organization of theatremakers OISTAT (1997-2009) and she is currently a member of the commission OISTAT Performance Design for the Czech Republic. In 2009, she received the Golden Triga for the best exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial and she was a curator of the exhibition Extreme Costume at the PQ11. Due to the wide scope of her education and experience from her own theatre and dance group, she has managed to work in many areas of costume production and apply their influence and inspiration. Apart from costume designs and costume production, she has created her authorial textile prints, carpets, jewellery, sculptures and drawings. Currently, she creates costumes for television, film and dance projects, concerts as well as site-specific projects and exhibits her works at many venues all around the world.
Salon of Czech Scenography:
National Theatre Brno–Reduta Theatre, foyer
Zelný trh 313/4, Brno
November 22 – December 6, 2013
Opening: November 21 at 5 p.m.
Czech Centre Praha
Rytířská 31, Praha 1
April 2 – 11, 2014
Opening: April 1 at 5 p.m.