Based on Yuval Noah Harari’s international bestseller, Sapiens is an enchanting nature documentary about the human species.
Seventy thousand years ago, Homo sapiens was an insignificant mammal minding its own business in some corner of Africa. Tens of millennia later, it had established dominion over the entire planet and elevated itself to the level of a god.
A random gene mutation provided Sapiens with an ability that distinguished it from all other animals: the ability to make things up, the ability to tell stories. These imagined realities gave rise to human cooperation – to its creative and destructive potential – on a scale never before seen.
But despite all the remarkable things that Sapiens is capable of, it seems humankind is still unsure of its purpose and remains as unfulfilled as ever. It also appears to be more reckless than ever before. As Harari puts it: “is there anything more dangerous than dissatisfied and irresponsible gods that don’t know what they want?”
Direction and choreography: Anni Klein and Jarkko Partanen
Original work Sapiens. A Brief History of Humankind: Yuval Noah Harari
Adaptation and performance script: Minna Leino
Set design: Samuli Laine
Costume design: Laura Haapakangas
Lighting design: Jani-Matti Salo
Sound design: Heidi Soidinsalo and Jussi Matikainen
Narrated: by Jarmo Heikkinen
Cast: Hanna Ahti, Iida Kuningas, Aksinja Lommi, Markku Maalismaa, Karin Pacius, Ilja Peltonen, Heikki Pitkänen, Johannes Purovaara, Antti Pääkkönen, Juha Varis
In partnership: The Finnish National Theatre, W A U H A U S, and Zodiak – Centre for New Dance