10 — 12.05, 14.05, 15.05


Jaha Koo Ghent

Haribo Kimchi

theatre — premiere

Le Rideau

Please confirm your attendance with a wheelchair during online reservation or through box officeAccessible for wheelchair users | Korean → NL, FR, EN | ⧖ ±1h10 | €18 / €15

We regret to inform you that the premiere of Haribo Kimchi by Jaha Koo is unfortunately postponed to a later date due to family circumstances. Consequently, all performances at Kunstenfestivaldesarts are cancelled. Those in possession of tickets for these performances have been contacted by email and will receive a refund by bank transfer. Thank you for your understanding.

Aromas waft over from a steamy simmering soup, a knife blade hisses through spring onions, mushrooms sizzle on a scorching fire. In Haribo Kimchi, we find ourselves in a pojangmacha, a typical late-night snack bar seen on the streets of South Korea. There, we meet several lost souls: a YouTuber, an eel, a toad and a rice cooker. They take us on a culinary journey, exploring food culture as a language that reveals the structure of society. In a series of poignant absurdist anecdotes, they recount the diaspora of Kimchi culture, cannibalism during the great famine, the sour pain of unadulterated racism and the deep umami taste of home. Following the success of his Hamartia Trilogy (2021), which delved into the far-reaching imperialism in East Asia, South Korean theatre maker and composer Jaha Koo returns to Kunstenfestivaldesarts with a new creation. His patented hybrid style combines music, innovative video and robotic performers to craft a reflection on cultural assimilation with all its conflicts and paradoxes. In an exceptional performance that plays with all the senses, Koo forever alters our perception of food.

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Le Rideau
Concept, text, direction, music, sound & video: Jaha Koo | Performance: Jaha Koo, Seri, Toad & Haribo | Dramaturgy: Dries Douibi | Scenography and media operation: Eunkyung Jeong | Artistic advice: Pol Heyvaert | Technical coordination: Korneel Coessens | Technicians: Bart Huybrechts & Babette Poncelet | Cuckoo hacking & toad development: Idella Craddock | Production coordination: Wim Clapdorp
Production: CAMPO | Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Le Rideau, Theater Utrecht, SPRING Performing Arts Festival, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Théâtre de la Bastille, Tangente St-Pölten, & Espoo Theatre, Kampnagel International Summer Festival, Sophiensaele, Meet You Festival, Bunker, National Theatre and Concert Hall Taipei, The Divine Comedy International Theater Festival/Teatr Łaźnia Nowa, Perpodium 
With the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government via Cronos Invest 
Performances in Brussels with the support of the Korean Cultural Center of Brussels
The prototype of the eel was developed as part of Innovation:Lab’s funnel in coproduction with Theater Utrecht and creative technologists Adriaan Wormgoor & Willem Vooijs

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