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The History of Korean Western Theatre (La Trilogie Hamartia)

Presented at the Multi room of the Méduse cooperative

1:00 (without intermission)

In English and Korean, with English and French surtitles

Wed 8 June
Thu 9 June
Une rencontre avec les artistes (exclusive aux détenteurs de billets) aura lieu le 8 juin
Regular price / $ 55 Taxes included, service charges not included

CAMPO (Ghent (Belgium))

The Hamartia Trilogy is composed of three short solo pieces performed by author Jaha Koo, a South Korean multidisciplinary artist based in Belgium. The word hamartia derives from Greek tragedy and refers to a hero’s flaw or defect that leads to their downfall. The shows form one single whole but can be enjoyed independently in no chronological order.

The exceptionally inventive theatre of the trilogy is inspired by documentaries, history and autobiography. These three gems sparkle with humour and poetry, combining technological precision, tender words, a sharp yet compassionate social critique and a profound humanity.

The History of Korean Western Theatre digs into the issue of the Westernization of modern Korean theatre, which just celebrated its 100th anniversary. In today’s Korean theatre scene, Korean playwrights are often sidelined in favour of Western writers like Shakespeare and Molière. The dominant global culture has smothered traditional local expression, preventing national theatre from flourishing. In a stunningly beautiful poetic and visual meditation on memory and forgetting, the artist engages in a dialogue with the memory of his grandmother, an origami toad and a Cuckoo named Seri, which has developed a taste for touring and the stage…


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Concept, text, direction, music & video Jaha Koo
Performance Jaha Koo, Seri & Toad
Dramaturgy Dries Douibi
Scenography & drawing Eunkyung Jeong
Artistic advisor Pol Heyvaert
Technical Korneel Coessens, Koen Goossens, Jan Berckmans & Bart Huybrechts
Hardware hacking Idella Craddock
Research Eunkyung Jeong & Jaha Koo
Research assistance Sang Ok Kim
Interview Jooyoung Koh, Kiran Kim & Kyungmi Lee
Production 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), wpZimmer (Antwerp), Decoratelier Jozef Wouters (Brussels), Doosan Art Center (Seoul)

With the support of Beursschouwburg, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie & Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst

Regular price / $ 55
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