A man is working at a kitchen island, which is illuminated in red. Two other people are watching him.
© Bea Borgers
A man is working at a kitchen island, which is illuminated in red. Two other people are watching him.
© Bea Borgers
International Summer Festival 2024
Theatre / Performance

Jaha Koo / Campo

Haribo Kimchi

Heart-warming food performance with a talking rice cooker, a snail and an eel about diaspora, home and the healing power of food.

Tickets:

24 / 18 / 9 (conc. from 9 Euro, 50 % conc. with Festivalkarte)

Dates

German Premiere

Thursday

8/8/24

7:00 PM

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Friday

8/9/24

7:00 PM

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Saturday

8/10/24

6:00 PM

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Saturday

8/10/24

9:00 PM

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Ghent-based artist Jaha Koo tours the world with his technically meticulous and touching performances about the state of South Korean society. In 2018, he captured the hearts of the Summer Festival audience when he talked about friendship and loneliness with three talking rice cookers in CUCKOO; and in 2020, he humorously and profoundly traced the influence of the Western canon on Korean theater with a remote-controlled origami toad. In HARIBO KIMCHI, his latest stage work, the audience meets lost souls lost souls in a pojangmacha, a typical South Korean snack bar: a YouTuber, an eel, a snail and a rice cooker explore the structure of society through food culture. In several absurd and touching anecdotes, they talk about the diaspora of kimchi culture, cannibalism during the Great Famine, the pain of unabashed racism and the deep umami flavor of their homeland. In a combination of music, video and robotic performers, Jaha Koo reflects on cultural assimilation with all its conflicts and contradictions, while changing the perception of food forever in a performance that plays with all the senses.

A man stands at a kitchen island and talks to two people sitting opposite him. To the left and right of the kitchen island are screens showing pictures of landscapes.
© Bea Borgers
A man is working at a kitchen island. Two other people are sitting opposite him and eating. To the left and right of the kitchen island are screens showing close-ups of aquatic plants.
© Bea Borgers
Close-up of a chef holding a knife in his hand and placing a chopping board on his worktop. The scene is illuminated in red.
© Bea Borgers
A man is working at a kitchen island, which is illuminated in red. Two other people are sitting opposite him and eating. To the left and right of the kitchen island are screens on which close-ups of the scene are transmitted.
© Bea Borgers
A man is working at a kitchen island, which is illuminated in red. Two other people are watching him.
© Bea Borgers
A graphic with a plate containing rice, vegetables and large, colorful jelly shapes. One of them has an eye, some peas look like frogs and the whole dish shines and glows mysteriously.
© Jaha Koo

Concept, Text, Direction, Music, Sound, Video Jaha Koo Performance Gona, Seri, Haribo & Jaha Koo Dramaturgy Dries Douibi Stage & Media Coordination Eunkyung Jeong Artistic Consultiation Pol Heyvaert Technical Coordination Korneel Coessens Technology Bart Huybrechts & Babette Poncelet Cuckoo Hacking Idella Craddock Production Coordination Wim Clapdorp Production Campo

Co-Production Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Rideau de Bruxelles, Theater Utrecht, SPRING festival (Utrecht), Festival d’Automne à Paris, Théâtre de la Bastille (Paris), Tangente St. Pölten – Festival für Gegenwartskultur, &Espoo theatre (Finland), Sophiensaele (Berlin), Meet You Festival (Valladolid), Bunker (Ljubljana), National Theatre and Concert Hall Taipei, The Divine Comedy International Theater Festival/ Teatr Łaźnia Nowa (Kraków) & Perpodium

With Support of the taxshelter of the Belgian Federal Government via Cronos Invest & the Flemish Government