The New Zealand Herald
Iron Eyes April 17 -21 Basement Theatre, it’s the lack of understanding around North/South Korea that motivated her to create Iron Eyes.
“For a long time, I’ve felt that I’m part of a machine,” she says. “I’m a dancer but working in this landscape I’ve been on the periphery; Jang Huddle is the gateway to create genuine inclusion and start having different conversations.
“I actually have family in the North and I want to . . . acknowledge them but at the same time, I’ve been afraid.”
A contemporary dance work, Iron Eyes draws upon Jang’s background in jazz and recent training but it also has a strong emphasis on community dance.
“This is . . . about creating connections in ways that will grow and sustain a platform,” she says. “I hope Jang Huddle can bring a diverse group of people together to collaborate and experiment — after all, it’s a conversation, not a dictatorship.”
The new work might aim to create better informed opinions in New Zealand but it’s also a tribute to Jang’s mother, who was born in South Korea, and her grandmother who decided to leave the North.
“I’ve visited my grandmother and asked her to share her stories; she remembers what it was like to grow up under the Japanese regime. She doesn’t know too much about this work but I know she’ll be proud that I am [exploring] these histories.”
Jang believes Iron Eyes has the potential to change our contemporary dance landscape, not just through the performance but through gathering together people interested in exploring relationships and history through movement.
“These are our stories, “she says. “Our missing links, only we can start rebuilding the connections.”