Jaha Koo / CAMPO

The History of Korean Western Theatre

South Korea  / Belgium

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Rice cookers which talk? Creatures which devour memories? And what has this got to do with Shakespeare? Nothing, really. Nevertheless, Jaha Koo continues to grapple with that towering figure in Western art, as well as with Ibsen, Chekhov and a few others.

Born in 1984 in South Korea, Jaha Koo now works in Belgium as a theatre-maker, performer and music producer. He is known for his sharp and at times personal analysis of South Korean society. In his documentary works he combines historical facts with episodes from his own biography. In 2015, he performed «Lolling and Rolling» at the Theater Spektakel, the first part of a trilogy looking at the impact of the past on the present. In «Cuckoo», the second piece, he had three rice cookers discuss the inconsistencies of a globalised economy. Now he presents the third part of the trilogy: And again, a rice cooker makes an appearance – but the lead is played by theatre itself: Why is contemporary Korean theatre often oriented towards the Western world and what does this have to do with self-censorship? In his search for answers, Koo encounters his grandmother. She stands for a generation which prefers to look back, whereas Koo’s perspective is faced forward – into a future that is aware of the past. (af )

Artistic direction and cast

Konzept, Text, Regie, Musik & VideoJaha Koo
PerformanceJaha Koo, Seri, Toad
DramaturgieDries Douibi
Szenografie & ZeichnungenEunkyung Jeong
Künstlerische BeratungPol Heyvaert
TechnikKorneel Coessens, Koen Goossens, Jan Berckmans, Bart Huybrechts
Hardware-HackingIdella Craddock
RechercheEunkyung Jeong, Jaha Koo
RechercheassistenzSang Ok Kim
InterviewJooyoung Koh, Kiran Kim, Kyungmi Lee
ÜbertitelungIsolde Schmitt (deutsche Übersetzung), Eunkyung Jeong (englische Übersetzung & Operator)
FotoZTS/Christian Altorfer


KoproduktionKunstenfestivaldesarts (Brüssel), Münchner Kammerspiele, Frascati Producties (Amsterdam), Veem House for Performance (Amsterdam), SPRING performing arts festival (Utrecht), Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Black Box teater (Oslo), Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel (Hamburg), Tanzquartier Wien, wpZimmer (Antwerpen), Théâtre de la Bastille (Paris), Festival d’Automne à Paris
ResidenzenKunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), wpZimmer (Antwerpen), Decoratelier Jozef Wouters (Brüssel), Doosan Art Center (Seoul)
UnterstützungBeursschouwburg, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst

Rote Fabrik, Aktionshalle

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Documentary theatre, biographic visual journey



1 hr.


English, Korean


German, English

An inclusive event

accessible with wheelchair with subtitle

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