Monika. Museum of People in the performance "Ice". Gladbeck. 2005

Prague Quadrennial: Ten Days in the World of Performing Arts 0

Elīna Ruka
13/05/2011 

At this year’s Prague Quadrennial professional show, Latvia will be represented by the set designer Reinis Suhanovs in collaboration with Jēkabs Nīmanis, Krišjānis Strazdītis, and Viesturs Meikšāns. Meanwhile, the Intersection Project will feature artist and set designer Monika Pormale, the fashion designer duo Mareunrol's, and artist Dace Džeriņa.

The twelfth Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space will take place this year from June 16-26. The expositions will feature works from seventy-six countries. Alongside the professional and student shows, there will be exhibits, performances, workshops, lectures, discussions, and presentations about contemporary works in various disciplines of the performing arts—costumes, set design, sound, and theater architecture for dance, opera, and multimedia productions. The Prague Quadrennial has taken place every four years since 1967. The Quadrennial is more than just an exhibit of objects, photos, videos, and performances; it’s goal is to examine the performing arts and design as an interdisciplinary phenomenon in the context of contemporary tendencies in theater, as well as to establish a dialogue between the visual arts and theater.

Latvia will be represented this year at the Prague Quadrennial professional show by set designer Reinis Suhanovs in collaboration with Jēkabs Nīmanis, Krišjānis Strazdītis, and Viesturs Meikšāns. Meanwhile, the Intersection Project will feature artist and set designer Monika Pormale, the fashion designer duo Mareunrol's, and artist Dace Džeriņa.

Reinis Suhanovs’s Concept of the Whole

Reinis Suhanovs (1985) graduated from the Scenography Department at the Latvian Academy of Art and is known in Latvian theater for his passion and intensive work. At the 2007 Quadrennial, Suhanovs won first place in the student exposition as a promising young talent in scenography. His work is characterized by a philosophical reproduction of space; he understands scenography as an autonomous and complete space, rather than as a reproduction of everyday interiors. At the Valmiera Theater, in creative collaboration with director Viesturs Meikšāns, Suhanovs has created the set design for the productions Wine and Weeds, The Golden Horse, Marionettes, Floods and Solstices in the Sounds of Straumēni.

According to the director of the Latvian New Theater Institute, Gundega Laiviņa, “the most essential thing this time is that we’re bringing to Prague a work specially created for Prague,