Lolling & Rolling

Singapore International Festival of Arts

Lolling & Rolling

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Exploring English as the predominant language of political power, Lolling & Rolling is a powerful one-man show that traces the shadow of linguistic imperialism within Korean society, and questions its impact on the “inaudible voice” of the subaltern. Lolling & Rolling takes as a starting point the phenomenon of tongue-tie surgery, an operation performed in South Korea to pronounce the English-accented “r”. Through a blend of multimedia elements and performance, Jaha Koo unveils a practice which tries to silence minorities and deny their cultural agency. 

Lolling & Rolling is part of Jaha Koo’s Hamartia Trilogy. SIFA 2023 presents two works from this trilogy: Lolling & Rolling and Cuckoo. The far-reaching imperialism of the past and present, and its sometimes-unexpected personal impact, are common threads. Jaha Koo intertwines personal stories with historical, political, and sociological facts, exploring the clash of Eastern and Western culture: from the cutting of tongue belts to succeed in the West, to the heavy personal toll of Western interference in global macroeconomics.

Singapore SIFA Lolling & Rolling Jaha Koo

About the Artist

Jaha Koo (South Korea) | Creator, Performer

Date & Time

27 & 28 May, Sat & Sun, 6pm



*Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors.

This is a programm of the Singapore International Festival of Arts, showcasing a diverse array of over 130 artists hailing from over 14 different countries with more than 50 performances at 12 venues from May 19th to June 4th. Check out -> all programmes

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May 27, 2023 to
May 28, 2023

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