Before the Show: The Stories of Homo Sapiens
The Earth has been in existence for 13 billion years. It has been inhabited by a human species called homo sapiens only for the past 200,000 years. During its long journey, the homo sapiens has managed to develop from bacteria to its current form, beating other humans and destroying a considerable number of other species in the process. Thanks to its storytelling and collaboration skills, homo sapiens has beaten a path from hunter-gatherers to builders of cities and complex societies while subjugating the nature under its will.
The performance Sapiens – The story of a storytelling species on the stage of the Finnish National Theatre is based on historian Yuval Noah Harari’s bestseller Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind, which explores the entire history of the species and the radical breakthroughs that have shaped it. Harari’s book is now adapted to the stage for the first time.
The artists in charge of the stage production are top names of Finnish dance and theatre: Minna Leino, the W A U H A U S collective (winner of the prestigious Finnish State Award for Performing Arts 2017), Jani-Matti Salo and Laura Haapakangas. How do they turn this massive non-fiction work into a performance? Katja Kirsi, Zodiak’s Head of Outreach and Education, provides an introduction to Sapiens at the National Theatre’s Lavaklubi club. The duration of the introduction is approximately 30 minutes.