Jaha Koo (KR/BE/NL)


2400 HUF / student: 1900 HUF
Trafó Passes are accepted

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After the show Zsófia Bán talks with the artist, Jaha Koo

relationship, pressure, generational gap

A journey through the last 20 years of Korean history told by a bunch of talkative rice cookers.

One day when his electric rice cooker informed him that his meal was ready, Jaha Koo experienced a deep sense of isolation. ‘Golibmuwon’ (고립무원) is an untranslatable Korean word expressing the feeling of helpless isolation that characterizes the lives of many young people in Korea today.

Twenty years ago there was a major economic crisis in South-Korea, comparable to the financial crash in the United States and Southern Europe in 2008. This crisis had a huge impact on the young generation to which South Korean artist Jaha Koo belongs. He witnessed many endemic problems including youth unemployment and socio-economic inequality. Rising suicide rates, isolation, acute social withdrawal and a fixation on personal appearance are but a few of the symptoms.

In bittersweet and humorous dialogues, Jaha and his clever rice cookers take you on a journey through the last 20 years of Korean history, combining personal experience with political events and reflections on happiness, economic crises and death.

JAHA KOO (1984) is a South Korean theater/performance maker and music composer. His artistic practice oscillates between multimedia and performance, all of which include his own music, video, text and installation. His performances are closely interweaved with politics, history and his own personal issues.

Since 2014, Koo has been working on his Hamartia Trilogy. This trilogy thematically focuses on how the inescapable past tragically affects our lives today. The first part of the trilogy, Lolling and Rolling, was first presented by Zürcher Theater Spektakel in 2015. The second piece, Cuckoo, was premiered at Steirischer Herbst Festival in 2017. Koo’s current project is the final part of the trilogy, The History of Korean Western Theater (working title). This performance will be produced by CAMPO and will premiere in the spring of 2019.

Concept, direction, text, music, video: Jaha Koo

Performance: Hana, Duri, Seri & Jaha Koo

Cuckoo hacking: Idella Craddock

Scenography, media operation: Eunkyung Jeong

Dramaturgical advice: Dries Douibi

Production: Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek

Excecutive producer: CAMPO

Coproduction: Bâtard Festival

Korea Cultural Center, CAMPO, STUK, BUDA, DAS, SFAC & Noorderzon / Grand Theatre Groningen Funded by Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie

Cuckoo Koreai Kulturális Központ
Cuckoo NKA - Nemzeti Kulturális Alap


Box Office opening hours:
  • Main hall performance days: 16h-22h
  • studio and club performance days: 16h-20h30
  • other days: 16h-20h
Trafó Gallery opening hours:
  • Performance days: 4-10pm.
  • Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 4pm-7pm.
  • Closed on Mondays.
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