This stage composition by the Farm in the Cave theatre troupe entitled Odtržení/Disconnected grew out of an investigation of the hikikomori phenomenon (Japanese for "pulling inward, being confined"). It is something between an installation and documentary and physical theatre. It followed up on the art installation of the same name that was part of the Brave New World exhibition at DOX.
The Japanese term hikikomori is used to designate people who isolate themselves from a society in which they are no longer capable of functioning. In extreme cases, they do not leave their apartment or even a single room for entire years or even decades. This phenomenon was first described in Japan, where the number of hikikomori is currently estimated at over 1 million, but similar cases exist in other parts of the world too. Specialists are not yet able to entirely explain this phenomenon – sometimes they speak of it as a “disease of contemporary society”.
The Odtržení/Disconnected stage composition is based on research conducted by members of the Farm in a Cave troupe in 2015 in Tokyo. They met with people who had been hikikomori, in person as well as via Skype video calls, and share their experiences in the new play through an intense visual experience that combines movement, video, text, and live music.
The play was co-produced by the Farm in a Cave troupe, the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, and the European Capital of Culture Pilsen 2015.
The work of the internationally acclaimed Farm in the Cave theatre studio under the leadership of director and choreographer Viliam Dočolomanský has long been based on exploring “uncomfortable” contemporary topics, which for the creators presents not only inspiration for the creation of a work, but also a way to obtain direct experience and a platform for personal development. The creators thus play an active role a dialogue about an experience that was hitherto unknown to them, and pass it on through their art.
Concept: Lucia Škandíková, Viliam Dočolomanský
Director, choreographer: Viliam Dočolomanský