|5 December 2020
Directed by:Magda Szpecht
AuthorStanisław Lem / Agnieszka Jakimiak
The crew of a rocket from Earth arrives in the vicinity of Quint – a planet inhabited by intelligent beings. The mission is to make contact. One of the greatest dreams of humankind is about to come true: an encounter with extraterrestial civilization, which will prove that we are not alone in the universe. However, the inhabitants of Quint do not strive for contact. In fact, they avoid it or even defend themselves against it. The heroes of Fiasco can only speculate about Quintans, create potential models by means of a supercomputer and interpret the successive moves of the Aliens, who want to steer clear of humankind for unknown reasons.
The production follows the perverse and non obvious line of reasoning of Fiasco's author. Many sci-fi novels envisage a catastrophic scenario in which a hostile civilization aims at destroying life on Earth and potential contact poses a risk for the existence of human species. A far cry from Lem's novel, which argues with such an assumption.
The performance, being the first theatrical adaptation of Lem's last novel, may also be an ambiguous diagnosis of the causes of the contemporary crisis, fears and pessimism we feel when considering the future of our species.
Based on themes from Stanisław Lem's novel
Director: Magda Szpecht
Adaptation/dramaturgy: Agnieszka Jakimiak
Set design/costumes/video: Jan Simon
Music: Krzysztof Kaliski
Choreography: Paweł Sakowicz
Stage manager/prompter: Katarzyna Gaweł
Lighting design: Jacqueline Sobiszewski
Assistant director: Klara Broda
Aleksandra Nowosadko, Mikołaj Kubacki, Łukasz Stawarczyk, Natalia Kaja Chmielewska (guest), Klara Broda (guest), Bartosz Ostrowski (guest)