The story of a storytelling species

Based on Yuval Noah Harari’s international bestseller, Sapiens is an enchanting nature documentary about the human species. It is narrated by Jarmo Heikkinen, whose voice is well-known from the hugely popular Finnish television series Avara luonto (Nature’s wide world). The performance takes a light-hearted, ironic and provocative look at the history of humankind, from the dawn of time to the present – and offers a glimpse into its future. 

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?”

This audiovisually striking stage production is brought to you by some of Finland’s top theatre and dance professionals: Minna Leino, dramaturg and stage director at The Finnish National Theatre; W A U H A U S, award-winning theatre collective (comprising stage director Anni Klein, choreographer Jarkko Partanen, sound designers Heidi Soidinsalo and Jussi Matikainen, and set designer Samuli Laine); as well as Jani-Matti Salo, lighting designer, and Laura Haapakangas, costume designer.

SAPIENS – The story of a storytelling species

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
Direction and choreography Anni Klein & Jarkko Partanen
Original work Yuval Noah Harari
Adaptation and performance script Minna Leino
Finnish translation of the original work Jaana Iso-Markku
Set design Samuli Laine
Costume design Laura Haapakangas
Lighting design Jani-Matti Salo
Sound design Heidi Soidinsalo & Jussi Matikainen
In partnership The Finnish National Theatre, W A U H A U S, Zodiak – Center for New Dance

Photos Katri Naukkarinen

Performance language Finnish,
English captioning available by mobile app

Duration n. 1 hrs 40 min, no intermission

Tickets 37–47 € / 32–43 € / 19–22 €
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Zodiak’s serial ticket is not valid for the performances.

Main Stage