Jaha Koo (°1984) is a South Korean theater/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 issues.
Since 2014, Koo has been working on his Hamartia Trilogy. This trilogy thematically focuses on how the inescapable past tragically affects our lives today. The first part of the trilogy, Lolling and Rolling, was first presented by Zürcher Theater Spektakel in 2015. The second piece, Cuckoo, was premiered at Steirischer Herbst Festival in 2017 and was also shown at CAMPO. The final part of the trilogy, The History of Korean Western Theatre, premiered at the International Summer Festival Kampnagel in 2020 and was selected for the TheaterFestival 2021 in Antwerp.
In 2021 Jaha Koo presented his Hamartia Trilogy for the first time at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, with a reworked version of Lolling and Rolling. He is currently touring the world, both with his trilogy and with the three performances separately. In between touring, Jaha Koo is working on a new creation, Haribo Kimchi (working title), scheduled to premiere in 2024.
In addition to his theater work, he is also working on a musical project under the name GuJAHA. His EP Copper and Oyster was released in 2015.
Jaha Koo took his first steps at the Brussels Arts Workshop Pianofabriek & the Bâtard Festival. Since 2017 he creates his work under the wings of CAMPO.