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Cuckoo

Produced by Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek
Curated and presented by The Theatre Centre, as part of Progress, an international festival of performance and ideas

The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
February 7–9, 2020

Tickets: $25 | 3-show pass $60
Service charges may apply
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Content warnings are available for this performance. Please call the Box Office if you have any needs or concerns, or speak with Box Office staff on the day of your performance, we’ll be happy to assist.

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

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.

“Cuckoo feels like a peculiar kind of dream, a communication from your subconscious, offering some truth you’ll never be able to translate into words.”
—Henry Gleaden, Exeunt Magazine

“A week later, I’m still haunted by the show‚ its sounds and images.”
—Dorothy Max Prior, totaltheatre.org.uk

Performed in Korean with English surtitles.

Content warnings are available for this performance. Please call the Box Office if you have any needs or concerns, or speak with Box Office staff on the day of your performance, we’ll be happy to assist.

Credits
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
Executive producer: CAMPO
Coproduction: Bâtard Festival
Support: CAMPO, STUK, BUDA, DAS, SFAC & Noorderzon / Grand Theatre Groningen
Funded by Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie

Performance Dates
Approximate running time: 60 minutes
Friday, February 7, 2020 – 9:00PM
Saturday, February 8, 2020 – 7:00PM
Sunday, February 9, 2020 – 2:00PM