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[Postponed] Jennifer Koh & Jean-Baptiste Barrière The 38th Parallel 삼팔선

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance [Postponed] Jennifer Koh & Jean-Baptiste Barrière The 38th Parallel 삼팔선

The 38th Parallel, a large-scale, multimedia collaboration between celebrated violinist Jennifer Koh and composer Jean-Baptiste Barriere, is named after the line of latitude separating North and South Korea, an arbitrary divide whose invisible and abstract borders transformed the lives of generations. The work incorporated the concept of pansori - a Korean genre of musical storytelling that combines music, visual art, and movement - to recount a very personal story of the impact of immigration on three generations and two families, exploring the transformative effects of displacement and identity on both the individuals and families. 

Koh was born into a Korean immigrant family in the US. Her parents were refugees from the Korean War - her father from Seoul and her mother from North Korea. Barriere was raised in part by his grandmother's Korean partner, whom he considered his grandfather, who disappeared during an attempt to return to North Korea in the 1970s. The aural and visual material incorporated into the work are from actual texts from Koh and Barriere's families combined with Korean poetry to create a libretto by dramaturge Aleksi Barriere. 

  • Venue: Royce Hall
  • Date: Fri April 17, 2020 8:00pm
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Tickets: (310) 825-4401

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Jean-Baptiste Barriere

The 38th Parallel