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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.”

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Korean-New Zealand dance company Jang Huddle aims to tell more Korean stories on stage.

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