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  • SPRING coproduction
  • NL premiere

Haribo Kimchi

Jaha Koo / CAMPO
Sat 21 September 20:00, Sun 22 September 15:00
De Paardenkathedraal
65 min
Korean (English & Dutch subtitles)
South Korea/Belgium
€18,- / €15,-
Non-western, Face from the crowd
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In this performance, which unfortunately could not take place during SPRING 2024, Korean creator and composer Jaha Koo takes us on a culinary journey through various absurd and moving anecdotes, exploring food culture as a form of language that reveals the structure of a society.

The ticket sale is organized by our partner Theater Utrecht.


The heady aromas of a soup simmering and steaming, the short, sharp sounds of a knife slicing spring onions at high speed, the hissing and sizzling of mushrooms on a scorching fire. In Haribo Kimchi, we find ourselves in a pojangmacha, a typical late-night snack bar that can be seen scattered across 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 form of language that reveals the structure of a society. In several absurdist and touching anecdotes, they recount the diaspora of Kimchi culture, cannibalism during the great famine, the searing pain of unadulterated racism and the deep umami taste of home. 

After the Hamartia Trilogy (2021), in which he delved into the far-reaching imperialism in East Asia, the South Korean theatre maker and composer Jaha Koo returns to Utrecht with his latest creation. In his typical hybrid style, combining music, cutting-edge video and robotic performers, the artist reflects on cultural assimilation with all its conflicts and paradoxes. In an exceptional performance that plays with all the senses, Jaha Koo alters our perception of food for good.


After the performance on the 21st, we have organized an aftertalk with artist Jaha Koo and others.

This performance is made possible by:



Jaha Koo


Concept, text, direction, music, sound & video Jaha Koo

Performance Gona, Seri, Haribo & Jaha Koo

Dramaturgy Dries Douibi

Scenography & media operation Eunkyung Jeong

Artistic advice Pol Heyvaert

Technical coordination Korneel Coessens

Technique Bart Huybrechts & Babette Poncelet

Cuckoo hacking & toad development Idella Craddock

Production coordination Wim Clapdorp

Production CAMPO


Coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Rideau de Bruxelles, Theater Utrecht, SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), Festival d’Automne à Paris, Théâtre de la Bastille (Paris), Tangente St. Pölten – Festival für Gegenwartskultur, &Espoo theatre (Finland), International Summer Festival Kampnagel (Hamburg), 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 the support of the taxshelter of the Belgian Federal Government via Cronos Invest & the Flemish Government

The prototype of the eel was developed as part of Innovation:Lab’s funnel in co-production with Theater Utrecht and creative technologists Adriaan Wormgoor & Willem Vooijs.

Images Jaha Koo, Bea Borgers

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