Jaha Koo

The History of Korean Western Theatre

Jaha Koo (born in 1984) is a South Korean performing arts creator and composer. His artistic practice moves between performance and multimedia, and all of his pieces include their own videos, texts, installations and music. His performances establish a concrete connection between history, politics and his own biography. Since 2014, he has been working on Hamartia, a trilogy about South Korea’s political history and how those events still affect people's lives today.

Veranos de la Villa will be presenting the final production in the trilogy –preceded by Lolling & Rolling and Cuckoo–, in which Koo questions why Korean theatre is largely subject to the Western canon, while also reflecting on tradition, self-censorship and authenticity. The History of Korean Western Theatre is a documentary theatre production about the future, in which Koo weaves together personal stories and historic, political and sociological events on stage, topics which often illustrate the culture clash between East and West: from changing your physical features in order to triumph in the West to the great personal cost of Western interference at the macroeconomic level.

A production by CAMPO and the Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Münchner Kammerspiele, Frascati Producties (Amsterdam), Veem House for Performance (Amsterdam), SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), Zürcher Theaterspektakel, Black Box Teater (Oslo), International Summer Festival Kampnagel (Hamburg), Tanzquartier Wien, wpZimmer (Antwerp), Théâtre de la Bastille (Paris) and the Festival d’Automne à Paris 

Residencies: Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), wpZimmer (Antwerp), Decoratelier Jozef Wouters (Brussels), Doosan Art Center (Seoul) 

Organised with the support of Beursschouwburg, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie and Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst


CAMPO is supported by the city of Ghent and by Flemish Community

Organised in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre in Spain






From 12th of August to 13th of August
08:00 PM

Centro Cultural Conde Duque

15 euros

Language: Korean with Spanish surtitles


Capacity limits are subject to change in accordance with COVID-19 regulations

Centro Cultural Conde Duque

Calle del Conde Duque, 11 28015 , 11

Paisaje o vista de Centro Cultural Conde Duque

Distrito Centro

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Metro: Ventura Rodríguez (línea 3), San Bernardo (línea 2 y 4) y Noviciado (línea 2).

Bus: 002

Bicimad: Estación 13 (calle Conde Duque, 22)

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