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Runs from Friday February 7 2020 to Sunday February 9 2020

Approximate running time: 1 hour


The Franco Boni Theatre
1115 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M6J 3P4

Event Notes

× 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,

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
Co production: Bâtard Festival
Support: CAMPO, STUK, BUDA, DAS, SFAC & Noorderzon / Grand Theatre Groningen
Funded by Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie

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.

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