Performance "DISCONNECTED" by International theater studio "Farm In The Cave" (Czech Republic)

Research: Viliam Dočolomanský, Šimon Peták, Minh Hieu Nguyen, Eva Hamouzová, Jun Muramatsu, Jun-Wan Kim
Concept: Viliam Dočolomanský, Lucia Škandíková
Director, choreographer: Viliam Dočolomanský
Assistant director: Šimon Peták
Choreographic & movement assistants: Agnija Šeiko, Monika Částková
Voice consultant: Simona Jindráková
Music: Viliam Dočolomanský, Jan Burian, Petr Uvira
Sets and costumes: Lucia Škandíková
Video: Erik Bartoš
Light design: Pavel Kotlík
Sound design: Eva Hamouzová
Dramaturgy: Karel František Tománek, Sodja Lotke
Production: Jan Valter, Dana Račková
Production assistants: Veronika Dúbravová, Šimon Peták, Karolina Zajdel
Technical production: Zdena Rudolfová
Performers: Minh Hieu Nguyen, Hana Varadzinová, Eliška Vavříková, Anna Gromanová, Monika Částková, Helena Ratajová, Petr Uvira, Michaela Dinh, Nguyen My Ngan, The Hong Nhung, Tran Van Auh, Huyen Vi Tran, Thu Trang Nguyen, Dang Hong Nhung, Huong Thanh Duong
Lights: František Fabián/Jiří Šmirk
Sound: Eva Hamouzová/Michal Pospíšil
Technical set design: Leoš Válka
Technical assistance: Jan Šebek, Luboš Morávek, Pavel Kotlík
Costume production: Magdaléna Urgelová
Prop production: Martin Kocourek
The performance will feature: G. F. Handel: Lascia Ch’io Pianga (aranžuotė / arrangement V. Dočolomanský), J. Hopkins, A. Kenny: Collider, J. Wischnegradsky: Cycle de 24 Preludes
Co-production: Farm in the Cave, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Pilsen European Capital of Culture 2015
Partners:  Kulttuuritehdas Korjaamo, Finland; Jus de la vie — Charlotta Öfverholm, Sweden; Stella Polaris, Norway
Support: The City of Prague, EEA grants, Norden – Nordic Culture Point, The Pilsen Region, Pilsen City Hall, EU – Japan Fest Japan Committee, Caravan Next. Feed the Future. Art Moving Cities EU project, the Czech State Culture Fund, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republicthe
Project is supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway


Duration: 55 min.
Place: Great Hall of Klaipeda Drama Theater (Teatro str. 2)


Most young people affected by hikikomori do not leave their homes or even their bedrooms, their only communication being with their family or people through the internet. They live a puroposeless existence and often stay awake at night and sleep throughout the day. Many are also depressed, have irrational fears and develop paranoia believing that others stare at them or think them ugly. This lifestyle can go on for months, years and sometimes decades if there is no proper intervention. The reality and causes of hikikomori are still not fully understood or well-examined, a situation that leaves everyone concerned only puzzled and sometimes feeling hopeless. - The “Lonely People” Yuko Kawanishi.


Members of Farm in the Cave met with and were inspired by young people from Tokyo, the Czech Republic, and Scandinavia, who live in the middle of the city in the isolation of their home or room. They are usually hypersensitive individuals who cannot manage to return to work or school, despite wanting to do so. This phenomenon, called hikikomori (from Japanese for “pulling inward”), was first identified in Japan (where according to varioius sources there are currently over a million hikikomori), but is appearing with increasing frequency in various countries around the world, and experts cannot fully explain it. It is sometimes called the “disease of modern society”.



The performance is part of the Night in the City project, whose objective is to examine uncomfortable contemporary topics, which is also the current focus of the Farm in the Cave studio.




Viliam Dočolomanský: annual price of national opera Opera plus for the best choreography.


Czech dance platform 2016 for the best dance show of the year.



Photo: J. Slavík, M. Chaloupka, M. Volf


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