Babyopera in collaboration with Babyart (Seoul Korea) present:







About Mago: The myth of Mago is a creation myth from the Kwanbuk region in present-day North Korea. It is the myth about a giant goddess named Grandmother Mago. Mago creates all the geological formations on earth using mud, rocks and her own urine and excrement.

Creation myths has through times, been a method to grasp the mystery of how the world was created. In our time, we have different scientific theories on how the world came into existence. But even with the knowledge of scientific theories we find it a mystery. Max Planck, a German physicist, who is considered the author of the theory of quantum physics, said: Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.

As a parallel to this, it is also a mystery how children are conceived and how they grow up to become what they are. We know the natural scientific explanations of how fertilization happens, how genetics and the environment determine who we become. Nevertheless, it is not comprehensible, – each child is a mystery. 

We therefore need poetry, pictures, music and dance to describe, fantasize about and celebrate the mystery. We need to recreate the mystery of creation!


The Nordic – Korean Connection: Mago is a collaboration between the Norwegian company Babyopera and the Korean performing arts company Babyart. This collaboration is a result of Korea-Nordic Connnection; which is a co-operation and exchange programme connecting Korean and Nordic performing arts professionals working with young audiences (ages 0-18). It aims to build a solid foundation for long-term artistic collaboration, exchange and networks between the countries. It is the first of its kind with this geographic scope and focusing on performing arts for young audiences only. The Norwegian partners are PAHN (Performing Arts Hub Norway) and the Korean partners are KAMS (Korean Arts Management Service) and ASSITEJ Korea.




Idea, concept and direction: Christina Lindgren 

Music composition: Torgeir Vassvik 

Choreography: Hyun Kim
Assistant Choreography: Ka Hyun Kim 

Scenography: Yun Kyung Bae/ Huasis

Costume design: Christina Lindgren
Co-design Costume of Musician: Ramona Irene Myrseth and Sally Page Turner

Performing artists: Mijeong Yoon and Torgeir Vassvik (original cast Gun Kim and Torgeir Vassvik)

Soundscape entrance area: Sujin Lee

Illustration: Iuliia Goncharenko

Graphic design: Design Eight

Photo: Sung-Woon Choi

Video production: Production GROOJAMCostume production: Sunwoo Chun and Sally Page Turner

Production management: Babyart with Hee Sun Kim (Korea) and Babyopera with Christina Lindgren/ Mari Baade (Norway)

MAGO is a co-production between Babyart and Babyopera in co-production with Sami National Theater Beaivvas 


Supported by:
The Norwegian Arts Council

PAHN (Performing Arts Hub Norway)

Sami Arts Council

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea 

KAMS (Korean Arts Management Service)

Korea Creative Content Agency

Seoul Metropolitan Government




Premiere: July 27th 2018 The Oil Tank Culture Park Seoul Korea

Additional performances July 28th and 29th at the same venue

Additional performances December 4th and 5th 2018 at Showbox, Oslo

Performances Samii National Theatre Beaivvas December 8th, 9th, 10, 11th, 13th, 14th and 15th 2018.