Picture Finnish National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen


Posthuman Theatre is an experimental performance project organised in collaboration between LUST Association and the Other Spaces Live Art collective during the year 2019. The facilitator of the project is Esa Kirkkopelto, performing artist, philosopher and the founding member of the Other Spaces collective.

The aim of the project is to develop the idea of the non-human acting in practice: how is it possible, what does it require from a performer and what kind of theatre will it produce? The topic and its mode of implementation correspond to the ethical and ecological challenges performing arts face today. The project is motivated by a view according to which performing arts should shift towards a less anthropocentric direction and take place in the future between different kinds of bodies, phenomena and creatures. Before non-human theatre becomes possible, one has to solve a series of problems, the most fundamental of them being the physical limits of the human body as well as the anthropomorphism which tends to dominate our imagination. Non-human acting requires new kinds of body techniques, new kind of corporeal thinking and dramaturgy. The project aims at inventing, developing and demonstrating these kinds of means.

The project – addressed to the professionals in performing arts, actors, dancers and performance artists – started by two workshops on 25–30 March and 24-28 June. On the basis of the first workshop 8 participants were selected who will take charge of the continuation of the project. It includes a workshop organised in November at the Kiasma Theatre. As the outcome of the project the performance Studies in Non-Human Acting will be seen on 15 and 16 November at the Kiasma Theatre.


Studies in Non-Human Acting

Performances on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November at 14–16 at Kiasma Theatre. One can enter and leave the performance any time.

On Saturday, after the second performance, a panel on non-human performance in the the Kiasma seminar room at 16:30.–17:30.

Tickets to the performance 5€ at the Kiasma Info Desk and online shop. The panel has free entry.

The aim of the performance is to introduce the idea of nonhuman acting: how is it possible? What does it require from a human performer and, above all, how does it sound and look like? A group of dancers, actors, choreographers and directors embody non-human states and processes and construct together a series of studies in a scenic space.

The project joins together its facilitator Esa Kirkkopelto´s long-term artistic experimentation in the Other Spaces group, and his simultaenous artistic research on the contemporary forms of performer training. The project builds on a series of workshops adressed during the year 2019 to the professional performers in dance and in theatre. It ends up in November to a two-week rehearsing period, where its participants aim at discovering how a non-human scenic composition becomes possible and can be performed. The performance consists of the results of this group work. Studies in Non-Human Acting is the first gig of the Posthuman Theatre. Hopefully not the last!

Kulturfonden Leikattu
Lust Rgb Blå 960px 150x70
Kiasma Teatteri Tunnus RBG 300x169

Posthuman Theatre is realised as a cooperation of the Other Spaces collective and Lust ry. The production is supported by The Finnish Cultural Foundation, The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland and Kiasma Theatre.


Studies in Non-Human Acting working group: Jenni-Elina von Bagh, Laura Halonen, Leila Kourkia, Veli Lehtovaara, Leena Nordberg, Piia Peltola, Rasmus Slätis, Jenni Urpilainen.
Facilitator: Esa Kirkkopelto.


25.-30.3.2019 Workshop on Non-Human Acting. Ilmaisuvertas, Helsinki.
24.-28.6.2019 Workshop on Non-Human Acting, 2nd Edition. Performance Center, Helsinki.
Picture Finnish National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen
Picture Finnish National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen