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Cuckoo

New Stage (Nová scéna), Národní 4, Praha 1 - Nové Město, 110 00

  • drama
  • alternative theatre

When?

  • Sat 29. 9. 2018 20.00
  • Sun 30. 9. 2018 20.00

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 characterises 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 Europe in 2008. This crisis had a huge impact on the young generation to which the 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.

In Korean, with English and Czech surtitles.

concept: Jaha Koo
stage director: Jaha Koo
text: Jaha Koo
music: Jaha Koo
video: Jaha Koo
cuckoo hacking: Idella Craddock
scenography, media operation: Eunkyung Jeong
dramaturgical cooperation: Dries Douibi

running time: 1 h (no intermission)

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