The members of Farm In The Cave were inspired when meeting young people from the Czech Republic, Tokyo and Scandinavia who live in great isolation in large cities. These people are hypersensitive individuals, incapable of returning to their jobs or school and unable to return to society and “succeed” despite perhaps wanting to. This phenomenon known as hikikomori (in Japanese “pulling inward”) was first discovered in Japan but has been gradually appearing in more and more countries around the world, yet experts are unable to expound it. The term hikikomori refers both to the sociological phenomenon of acute social withdrawal and the people belonging to this societal group. Hikikomori is sometimes called the “illness of modern society”. The composition entitled Disconnected is a unique blend of installation, documentary and physical theatre, which arose from the observation of hikikomori. The composition combines action, video and text with live music, and is part of a project called Night In The City which aims to explore sensitive modern issues. This exploration is the current focus of international theatre studio Farm In The Cave.
Performed by: Minh Hieu Nguyen, Hana Varadzinová, Eliška Vavříková, Anna Gromanová, Monika Částková, Helena Ratajová, Petr Uvira
Duration: 55 min
We are part of Pilsen European Capital of Culture 2015.
Disconnected is a part of Caravan Next, a large scale European Social Community Theatre project – www.caravanext.eu
The City of Prague, Caravan Next, Norden – Nordic Culture Point, Pilsen Region, Pilsen City Hall, Pilsen European Capital of culture 2015, State Culture Fund, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Bilateral National Fund within the programme areas of the EEA and Norway Grants 2009 – 2014.
Premiere (DEPO version) 16th and 17th of December 2015, DEPO, Pilsen
Preview (DOX version) 21st of December 2015, DOX, Prague
Premiere 23rd, 24th and 25th of January 2016, DOX, Prague