Farm in the Cave: Disconnected

22. 4. - 23. 4. 2015

Premiere | 23 Jan 2016, 19:00
Repeats: | 22. Apr 2016, 19:00 and 23. Apr 2016, 19:00


This new 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, and follows up on the art installation of the same name that is part of the Brave New World exhibition currently on at the DOX Centre. 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 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 work of the internationally acclaimed Farm in a 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.

The installation was created specifically for the DOX Centre, which on 23 January 2016 hosted the Prague premiere. A special version of the play will take place in December 2015 at DEPO as part of the European Capital of Culture Pilsen 2015.

200 CZK / basic
100 CZK / students, seniors, ZTP

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Capacity: 75 people

Concept: Lucia Škandíková, Viliam Dočolomanský

Director, choreographer: Viliam Dočolomanský
Support: Hlavní město Praha, Norden – Nordic Culture Point, Plzeňský kraj, Magistrát města Plzně, Evropské hlavní město kultury Plzeň 2015, EU – Japan Fest Japan Committee, Fond pro bilaterální spolupráci na národní úrovni v rámci EHP a Norských fondů 2009 – 2014, Caravan Next. Feed the Future. Art Moving Cities EU project

The initiatives Extension of the Brave New World project through the "Hikikomori" performance installation with an attendant programme have been supported by grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

In cooperation with:

DOX Prague, a.s