«Planet Lem» - production of the most famous outdoor theatre in Poland, Teatr Biuro Podróży, inspired by the writings of outstanding futurologist Stanislaw Lem. It’s a diagnosis of the contemporary world and reflection on the relations between technological progress and limitations of the human race. There are robots, aliens and people-servants in this world of future. The characters featuring in the performance are familiar to readers of Lem’s novels and short stories: Ijon Tichy and Professor Tarantoga.
The performance presents a story which was never written by Stanislaw Lem. It is the theatre’s impression based on Lem’s writings. Director Paweł Szkotak shows the possible future world, where an illusory state of well-being ensured to the human race by the technological progress makes people degenerate and idle. They live in an illusion of welfare. The false paradise turned out effective and at the same time repellent.
Paweł Szkotak managed to “improve” the outdoor theatre genre which has become ordinary. Everything was thought out meticulously: acting, hi-tech scenery, lighting effects, multimedia projections. The music written specially for the performance by the composer Krzysztof Nowikow represents connection of symphonic fragments with post-industrial sounds.
Teatr Biuro Podróży has been existing for over 20 years. During this period it has performed in fifty countries around the world. It’s one of the most interesting alternative theatres in Poland. Its performances were awarded at the Edinburgh Festival, Grand Prix at the Athens Theatre Festival. It has prestigious awards from Polish Ministry of Culture that also confirmed high level of theatre performances. Moreover Teatr Biuro Podróży organizes annual “Maski” Theatre Festival in Poznan.
The performance will be presented with the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. It’s a noncommercial government-sponsored organization of culture responsible for international promotion of Polish culture and active participation in international cultural exchange.