From animal to self-made god
The Finnish National Theatre is creating the première of Yuval Noah Harari’s international best-seller Sapiens: a Brief History of Humankind. Opening on the Main Stage in September 2019, Sapiens will be adapted by the FNT’s dramaturg Minna Leino and realized in collaboration with leading cross-disciplinary arts collective W A U H A U S, known for it’s bold audio-visual aesthetics. The piece is directed and choreographed by collective members Anni Klein and Jarkko Partanen, scenography by Samuli Laine and sound design by Jussi Matikainen and Heidi Soidinsalo, working together with light designer Jani-Matti Salo and costume designer Laura Haapakangas. Production is done in collaboration with Finnish dance production house Zodiak.
In FNT’s interpretation of Harari’s work, Sapiens tells the story of a species inclined to tell stories, presented by an ensemble of both actors and dancers in a powerfully visual performance.
Seventy thousand years ago Homo Sapiens was a creature of minor importance pottering around a corner of Africa. Over the next millennia, it reinvented itself as lord and master of the planet – and the biggest threat to its ecosystem. Nowadays Sapiens is becoming a self-made god, bent on acquiring both eternal youth and the divine power to create and destroy. Despite humanity’s capacity for astonishing achievements, we remain unsure of our goals and dissatisfied with our lot. And unfortunately, humans seem more irresponsible than ever before.
As Harari puts it:
“Is there anything more dangerous than dissatisfied and irresponsible gods who don’t know what they want?”
CAST (preliminary) 8 actors and 3 dancers
ORIGINAL TEXT Yuval Noah Harari
ADAPTED by Minna Leino
DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED by Anni Klein and Jarkko Partanen
SET DESIGNER Samuli Laine
LIGHTING DESIGNER Jani-Matti Salo
SOUND DESIGNERS Jussi Matikainen and Heidi Soidinsalo
COSTUME DESIGNER Laura Haapakangas