Joris Mathieu / Haut et Court Collective / Théâtre Nouvelle Génération – CDN Lyon-F
UK premiere at The Lowry / Week 53 Festival (Manchester)

Hikikomori, the shelter
In English
Joris Mathieu / Théâtre Nouvelle Génération - national drama center / Lyon-F
Creation 2016 x for all age groups, 8 and above
duration: 1 hour

17-18 May • Week 53 Festival - The Lowry / Manchester-UK +
Thursday at 19:00, Friday at 13:30 and 19:00
With the support of the Institut français du Royaume-Uni as part of its program En Scène!

"An exciting theatrical experience and global immersion in an imaginary world"
Françoise Sabatier-Morel for Télérama +

Hikikomori, the shelter is a futuristic story about fitting in and finding your place. The play uses a unique and original sound design allowing audiences three different viewpoints on the same story.
'Hikikomori' is a modern-age social phenomenon: it literally means 'withdrawal from others' in Japanese. Based on this new social act of reclusion, Joris Mathieu and the Haut et Court Collective have created a futuristic story about a teenager’s decision to withdraw from the world.

Nils is a young boy going through hard times at school as well as in his relationships with others. Nils finds it hard to fit into society. One day, Nils decides to hide in his room and never leave...
Three storylines offer three perspectives on a single performance on stage. Using headphones, audiences can choose to experience the story through the eyes of the mother, father or Nils himself. Hikikomori, the shelter reminds us that there are as many ways to understand our existence as there are ways to exist.

English translation: Catherine Hargreaves

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