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Robe to provide PQ2019 event with lighting and technical support

The company will support the event’s key installations at the Expo Grounds, including 'Blue Hour' designed by Romain Tardy, and 'Fragments' curated by Klára Zieglerová.

Robe has announced that it will be supporting the 2019 Prague Quadrennial which is being directed by scenic lighting and costume designer Markéta Fantová and runs 6th – 16th June at the Vystaviste Praha (Prague Exhibition Grounds) as well as in other locations around Prague.

Robe will be supplying moving lights and technical expertise for some of the event’s key installations at the Expo Grounds, including Blue Hour designed by artist Romain Tardy, Fragments curated by Klára Zieglerová, as well as for the Opening Ceremony (OC) on 5th June.

The Czech based lighting manufacturer will additionally be hosting its own community evening on 13th June.

PQ2019 will see over 800 artists from around the world participate in a programme of over 600 performances and installations plus workshops, lectures, debates and discussions … all offering perspectives on theatre and stage design and production.

Commenting on the symposium, Josef Valchar, CEO of Robe, said: “It’s important for us to be part of this major international symposium and we are very excited to be working with some of the most imaginative practitioners from the world of scenography and visual design. PQ is an important space to enjoy some fantastic works and to network, generate and further new ideas and philosophies about how light can be used as a creative tool.”
Blue Hour and Fragments are both produced by 36Q (threesixty), a collective representing the artistic and technical side of performance design related to active sensorial and – mainly – non-tangible elements.
Blue Hour by Romain Tardy will be a highlight of the whole PQ 2019 event and will be lit with 40 x Robe MegaPointes, 40 of the new T1 Profiles and 20 x T1 Washes as the main lighting fixtures.

It will feature Robe’s T1 luminaire, suitable for theatre, television and touring … and to demonstrate the versatility of its MegaPointe.

The installation will be staged in the Small Sports Hall venue at the Prague Exhibition Grounds complex, taking up the entire space, with the lighting at the heart of an experimental, interactive environment. The core project idea is based on the intensive teamwork that unites experienced artists with emerging designers, all selected through an open call for creative collaboration.

Other fixtures being made available for use by Robe during the PQ2019 include ParFect RGBW LED PARs and CycBar 15 LED battens.

Fragments will take place in the Lapidarium at the impressive National Museum, also in the Exhibition Grounds, and the work recognises designs that preserve the essence of the environment and socio-political eras, where craft is perfected and the artist becomes a beacon of the profession for their lifelong achievements.

Participating countries have selected one item showing the most iconic or breakthrough set, costume, lighting, projection or sound design by one of their most celebrated “Living Legends” of performance design, whose work continues to inspire new generations of artists and audiences.