In search of common ground between millennials of the East and West, we embarked on a journey to meet our peers in East Asia. To discover what connects us as a generation, Lucas De Man traveled to six cities in six weeks, having inspiring encounters in Tokyo, Shenzhen, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei and Hong Kong. Inspired by this journey, he created a theatrical lecture performance—a story of a taboo-breaking generation that’s ready for radical change. We present: Meet the Millennials.
Europe and Asia may know cultural differences, but we mostly share common ground as we all try to make the best of life and the challenges it presents. And for millennials, these challenges are more complex than ever: how to handle the ever-increasing work pressure and burn-out problems among our generation? What to do about growing social inequality and the lack of urban living space? And how to face the future as robotics and new technologies take over daily life and drastically alter the world as we know it?
In seeking answers to these questions, the performance connects stories of daily life, work, education, artificial intelligence, emancipation and individual happiness in Asia’s megacities. It’s a combination of film footage, documentary, manga animations, K-pop, storytelling and inspiring encounters with artists, scientists, students and professors.
Meet the Millennials inspires. It shows how a generation of innovative, creative-minded individuals are tackling the biggest challenges of our time. In doing so, it highlights social innovation as the key to what sets this generation apart; the common ground where East and West meet and stand together…
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Meet the Millennials is a lecture performance, because a show about social innovation demands an innovative format. In presenting a theatrical performance as a lecture, Lucas combines story-telling and role-playing with fragments from our documentary, to create an experience that is both interactive and thought-provoking.
We aim to inspire as many people as possible, outside of the theatre too. That’s why we love to visit theatre festivals, conference halls, university auditoriums and every other place we can connect to people—in both Europe and Asia. The performance lasts 90 minutes and can easily be adjusted to different settings, decors and time frames
Would you like to help us bring the show to your city? Drop us an email at helloasia[at]companynewheroes.com or see the Project Hello Asia website for more information.
Lucas De Man: Concept, artistic director and actor
Hyunsin Kim: Choreographer and performer
Joep van Osch: Documentary director
Pepijn Robben: Camera director
Pascal Leboucq: Scenographer
Piet Menu: Dramaturge
Rosaline Lantink: Assistant Director
Jessy Suharyanto: Animation
Rob Hogeslag: Scene photography
Kimberly Major: Researcher
Mariëlle de Goede: Creative producer
Wouter Goedheer: Managing director
With special thanks to the Dutch embassies in Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo