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BÂTARD FESTIVAL Into the pores of the brains
Jaha Koo Cuckoo


Jaha Koo Cuckoo

theater BE premiere
TU 31.10.2017 20:30 - 21:30 BE premiere

On the finite wisdom of a Korean rice cooker. 

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.


concept, direction, text, music, video: Jaha Koo | performance: C1, C2, C3 and Jaha Koo | cuckoo hacking: Idella Craddock | scenography, media operation, photo: Eunkyung Jeong | dramaturgical advice: Dries Douibi | production: Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek | co-production: Bâtard Festival | support: CAMPO, STUK, BUDA, DAS, SFAC