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The History of Korean Western Theatre

  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Age Guidance: 12+
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    This performance contains some loud noises and fast-moving imagery. Please contact box office for access requests

  • Languages: Korean with English subtitles
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UK PREMIERE

Celebrating the centenary of Korean theatre in 2008, South Korean theatre maker and composer Jaha Koo realised that there is no space for Korean theatre tradition: what is regarded as Korean theatre is largely determined by the Western canon. But why are the South Koreans so proud of this Western interpretation? And why does everyone keep referring to Shakespeare?

In order to speak to a new generation of South Koreans, Jaha attempts to smash age-old traditions of self-censorship and look to the future, from a place of true authenticity.

The History of Korean Western Theatre is an intelligent and visually arresting documentary theatre performance, seamlessly interweaving the personal and the political.

Jaha Koo is a South Korean performance maker and music composer. His artistic practice oscillates between multimedia and performance, all of which include his own music, video, text and installation. His performances are closely interweaved with politics, history and his own personal life. Since 2014, Koo has been working on his Hamartia Trilogy, thematically focusing on how the inescapable past tragically affects our lives today.

Produced by CAMPO. Co-produced by 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) & Festival d’Automne à Paris residencies Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), Decoratelier Jozef Wouters (Brussels), Doosan Art Center (Seoul) with the support of Beursschouwburg, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie & Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.

There will be a post-show talk by Jaha Koo on 10 March in which he will talk about his process and his distinctive take on theatre-making.

Photography by Leontien Allemeersch

Presented as part of Transform 21-22 – transformfestival.org

If you would like to find out more about Jaha Koo, read our fascinating Q&A with him about his work and his inspirations.

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SEE THE HISTORY OF KOREAN WESTERN THEATRE FREESHEET HERE

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