Jaha Koo

Cuckoo

Seoul, South Korea

Dutch premiere

Radovan Dranga

Cuckoo

Seoul, South Korea

Dutch premiere

Radovan Dranga

Cuckoo

Seoul, South Korea

Dutch premiere

Radovan Dranga

Cuckoo

Seoul, South Korea

Dutch premiere

Radovan Dranga

Three rambling rice cookers on two South Korean decades
Three speaking electric rice cookers made by the famous Cuckoo brand play lead roles in Cuckoo, the second part of Jaha Koo’s Harmatia Trilogy. They're articulate – and confronting. At least they certainly are for the young South Korean theatre maker and composer, who one day was swamped by loneliness when his chatting cook told him that his rice was done. Koo transformed his loneliness into art and poured his feelings into a multimedia performance that he set to music himself. Koo reflects on his country, his generation and himself in this extremely amusing bit of ‘lost in translation’ for the well informed. In a bitter-sweet dialogue with three clever machines, he seamlessly connects a (political) history many will be unacquainted with, with his thoughts on happiness, economic crises and death. Cuckoo is a portrait equally personal and universal, depicting two South Korean decades cast into an entertaining clash with modern technology.

“The premise of Cuckoo is fascinating and timely: it gives an emblematic appliance the history of a country and an autobiography, while also taking the opportunity to critique the role of technology and theatre”

- Kristof van Baarle, E-tcetera.be, over Cuckoo

Credits

Playwright and director | Jaha Koo
Performers | Hana, Duri, Seri & Jaha Koo
Set design | Jaha Koo
Music | Jaha Koo
Video | Jaha Koo
Dramaturgy | Dries Douibi
Production | Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek
Stage | Eunkyung Jeong
Stage technology | Idella Craddock

Coproduction | Bâtard Festival, with the support of CAMPO, STUK, Kunstencentrum BUDA, DAS, SFAC & Noorderzon/Grand Theatre and the Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie

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