A unique immersive adventure
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.
“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. The 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.
Joris Mathieu with Haut et Court collective
Theatre Nouvelle Generation – CDN de Lyon
After getting a Master in Theatre Studies, Joris Mathieu founded in 1998 the Haut et Court company with a few friends in Lyon. As passionate about literature as about visual arts, Joris Mathieu focuses on adapting novels or short stories, which gives him the opportunity to fully express himself visually on stage. Fairly quickly, the company’s work gets noticed on a regional scale and by theatre institutions. They become associate artists in Polaris in Corbas then at the Théâtre de Vénissieux. Joris Mathieu questions theatre involvement in the city and invents different projects to explore and invest the local territories. Over the years, Haut et Court artistic identity gets stronger and clearer: Joris Mathieu puts together ambitious projects, pushing the envelope poetry and literature wise, as well as in his technological innovation use. With “Des Anges mineurs” and “Le Bardo”, Joris Mathieu starts collaborating with the author Antoine Volodine, a prominent figure in French contemporary writing. These clearly theatrical shows combine images, literature, optical illusions, music, new media, as well as traditional machinery, in a totally interlocked way. This atypical stage writing is directed at the spectator’s every sense. The company also develops an interest towards younger audiences, by adapting short stories. Since January 1st, 2015, he is the director of the Théâtre Nouvelle Génération – Centre Dramatique National de Lyon. The artistic built for the Théâtre Nouvelle Génération- CDN de Lyon totally echoes the one he started back in 1998 with the Haut et Court company, looking at creation and poetic action through an intergenerational lens. Finding new ways into art for each and every generation, inventing new and innovative devices to reach out to audiences and in particular, the younger ones: this is the very heart of our project. The presence of the Haut et Court within the CDN is crucial. Stage innovation, anticipation, mixing technology and sciences with imagination, these are the core and powerful forces driving our creation process.