May 20th

18:00 - 19:30

Arena Toruń, ul. Bema 73-89
Leonce and Lena
Theater Basel (Basel/Switzerland)

Georg Büchner’s Leonce and Lena starts as a classic comedy of mistaken identity but ends as a strangely unredeemed dream play about the meaning and meaninglessness of existence, a doubting of reality and a desire to turn into a machine. It is an untethered flight into nothingness, filled with sadness and multiple meanings, in which every sentence can mean something other than when you first hear it. “Ladies and gentlemen, here you see two people, a man and a woman, a gentleman and a lady. Nothing more than art and mechanics, nothing more than pasteboard and mainsprings. Each one has a tiny, tiny ruby switch under the nail of the little toe of their left foot that they have only to press gently for the mechanism to run for fifty years. The workings are so complete that they would be indistinguishable from any human being. If one did not know that they are merely pasteboard, one could actually make them members of human society. Watch closely, ladies and gentlemen, they have now reached an interesting stage, the mechanism of love is starting to express itself…” – Georg Büchner.
Thom Luz takes Büchner’s otherworldly and decadent final scene as the starting point for a new work of musical theatre and follows his own course through Büchner’s forlorn but cheery world.

Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes (without interval)

Recommended age: 14 and over

photos by Sandra Then

Directed by: Thom Luz