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Solaris: Theatrical Performance near Berlin
« dnia: Sierpień 24, 2004, 10:31:10 am »
Hi folks,

I just read that there will be a theatrical performance of Solaris on an airfield in a German village not far from the Polish border. Details in German and Polish are here:

http://www.schlossneuhardenberg.de/programm/theateruebersicht.php?ID=189&MONTH=08&YEAR=2004&TERMIN=2004.08.26

Not sure if I can go there. It's about 200 km from my place.
If somebody should go there I'd like some impressions here.
Kris ... walked straight across the shiny water surface to the far shore, towards his father's house.

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Re: Solaris: Theatrical Performance near Berlin
« Odpowiedź #1 dnia: Wrzesień 06, 2004, 11:46:29 am »
So, I was there. It was a 200 km ride (and the same retour) but it was worth it.

The performance is based upon the idea of the director Martin Wuttke of the Berlin theatre "Volksbuehne" is goes beyond the content of Solaris. It discusses the theoriy of cognition, limitations of quantum physics, philosophy of thinking and more. Language was German.

The "stage" is a hangar of app. 100 x 100 squaremeters and 15 mtrs high. The huge gate was wide open and the actors also used part of the airfield, up to 100 mtrs away. The audience was placed on a tribune inside the hangar facing the gate. In the right portion of the gate there was a videowall with three screens, one on top of the other. The cabins and the library were semitransparent greenhouses, distributed across the scenery. A number of cameras in each greenhouse and out on the airfield were managed by a technical life crew and their pictures shown
on the videowall. The blue and red suns were spotlights coming from the outside of the hangar thru it's glass walls.

The piece started with Kris' arrival at the Solaris station and his attemps to find Gibarian. He is also confronted with Harey. Later, there are two actresses playing Harey and both appear on stage at the same time. Further, the Solaris ocean is played by a man who is always around: a clever way to show the omnipresence of it. Solaris also takes part in the numerous conversations on cognition, philosophy and physics.

The core discussion goes as follows: In the physics of black holes there is the assumption that all known forulas of whatever theory only work outside the black hole. In it, forces, gravity and everything becomes infinite. With infinity you can't do any calculations anymore. The whole theory breaks down. Between the outside (were physiscs is just fine) and the inside the must be a sharp border, the so calles black-shield border. The analogy here is that the humans brought all their culture, knowledge, philosophy and science to the Solaris staion orbiting Solaris. But they can't recognize what the ocean actually is. They are at a black-shield border and the ocean is sort of a black hole.

For example the guests consist of neutrinos. Neutrinos are extremely light and superfast particles. The question is how the ocean could slow down these superfast particles to form atoms out of them. And that without any machinery or even a thought. It's just an ocean.

Another issue raised was the questions if it would be possible to prove that the crew members don't dream all this. It lead to the works of Kant about cognition of the "thing itself" (Are we able to recognize the "thing itself" as a whole or are we only recognizing the part of it that we are able to understand and see and consider that part to be the whole thing?)

After all, two hours of brainfood of the best kind. They handed out a program brochure with a comic-like digest of the gameplay. I will keep it side by side to my Solaris book and DVDs. I took some pics and will post that on my website, when finished.
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Re: Solaris: Theatrical Performance near Berlin
« Odpowiedź #2 dnia: Wrzesień 06, 2004, 12:35:47 pm »
I'm impressed. I wish I was there to see it ... no hope for understanding anything, though, since I don't speak German at all :]

Nevertheless it seems fascinating.  And the black-hole motif is  just what Lem meant, it, sort of, emphasises Lem's idea of impossibility of 'contact'. In his book, Kelvin & Co. really discover the borders of human (mis)understanding. The borders they are unable to cross.

« Ostatnia zmiana: Wrzesień 06, 2004, 12:36:34 pm wysłana przez Terminus »

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Re: Solaris: Theatrical Performance near Berlin
« Odpowiedź #3 dnia: Wrzesień 07, 2004, 07:08:00 am »
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Another issue raised was the questions if it would be possible to prove that the crew members don't dream all this. It lead to the works of Kant about cognition of the "thing itself" (Are we able to recognize the "thing itself" as a whole or are we only recognizing the part of it that we are able to understand and see and consider that part to be the whole thing?)
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One can argue that Kris was driving himself crazy in chapter 4 ("Sartorius), and that all his experiences until the end of the novel were hallucinations...
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Re: Solaris: Theatrical Performance near Berlin
« Odpowiedź #4 dnia: Wrzesień 07, 2004, 08:53:20 pm »
Kris ... walked straight across the shiny water surface to the far shore, towards his father's house.

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Re: Solaris: Theatrical Performance near Berlin
« Odpowiedź #5 dnia: Wrzesień 29, 2004, 10:32:08 am »
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The core discussion goes as follows: In the physics of black holes there is the assumption that all known formulas of whatever theory only work outside the black hole. In it, forces, gravity and everything becomes infinite. With infinity you can't do any calculations anymore. The whole theory breaks down. Between the outside (were physiscs is just fine) and the inside the must be a sharp border, the so calles black-shield border.
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Hi folks,

last week I started reading Steven Hawking's "A brief history of time". In the chapter on black holes I found that I messed up something in my writing on the Solaris piece: Black-Shield (German: Schwarzschild) is the name of the German astronomer who postulated the radius of a black hole.  The similarity between 'black hole' and 'black shield' was misinterpreted by me. Sorry!
Kris ... walked straight across the shiny water surface to the far shore, towards his father's house.