Brazil wins overall prize at Praque Quadrennial for theatre design

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Brazil has been awarded the top prize at the 2011 Praque Quadrennial for performance design.

The event’s international jury presented the Golden Triga to Brazil’s exhibit, saying it offered “a vivid sense of the national identity and the vital spirit of creativity that animates Brazil.”

Curated by Antonio Grassi, the country’s exposition combined street art and site-specific interventions, socially-engaged performances, puppet theatre and conventional forms of theatre.

Other awards went to Croatia for Best Stage Design, in which the jury lauded “their clarity of vision [which] challenges stage directors to see their art in new and bold ways”.

Best Theatre Costume went to Emma Ransley from New Zealand for her work on the performance InHABITing Dress.

Meanwhile, Brazil also took home the Best Realization of a Production, won by Teatro da Vertigem for BR-3. Best Work in Theatre Architecture and Performance Space was shared by Greece, for the Machine Theatre and the New Stage for its National Theatre, and Mexico, for Teatro Ojo’s Within a Failing State, in which abandoned government buildings and public spaces in Mexico City are refigured as sites of memory, activism and reflection on previous authoritarian abuses.

A special jury prize was given to the UK recognising ‘excellent sound design’ on Kursk and Harsh House.

More than 60 countries participated in the competitive section of the expo, in which they were challenged to present the most unique aspects or trends of their country’s performance design industry.

The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space is a global artistic event, taking place every four years, which presents contemporary work in a variety of performance design disciplines including costume, stage, lighting, sound design and theatre architecture for dance, opera, drama, site-specific, multi-media performances and performance art. It runs until June 26.