Hikikomori, The Shelter by Joris Mathieu at Hong Kong Cultural


21st May 2019 – (Hong Kong) Hikikomori, the shelter is a futuristic story about fitting in and finding your place. The play uses a unique and original sound design that offers audiences three different viewpoints to see and hear about the same story. This interactive performance through the use of headphones provides a radically different approach to the performance, whereby adults and children together can continue to discuss their different experiences at the end of the show. The children’s words will be totally liberated, and their parents are now able to hear them.

“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. The story begins with Nils, 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, so one day, he decides to hide in his room and never leave… The story continues via three perspectives of a single performance on the stage. Using headphones, audiences can select to experience the story through the eyes of three actors: the mother, the 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.

Dates: 24 May 2019, 8:00pm; 25 May 2019, 4:00pm; 26 May 2019, 4:00pm

Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre – Studio Theatre

Address:10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tickets: HK$200 and HK$140

Click HERE for tickets.

Excerpts of article from Le French May.