Knowing Dance More: He Jin Jang - Drifting Body

Caplan Recital Hall

Photo: Hope Davis


Presented by the School of Dance, "Knowing Dance More" is a series of lectures, conversations and informal showings led by important artists and scholars in the international field of dance.

Drifting Body is a performative practice that is shared with the public in the form of a self-conversation. It is a choreographic experiment of the w/hole—either whole or partial self, w/hole community in relation to where we live. In this lecture performance, I will share some perspectives on my kinetic/dynamic visions (seeing the world in transit) as an immigrant female artist. There will be my eyes on my body, your eyes on my body, and our eyes on something else such as objects, videos. These elements are there to show the never-knowing, drifting journey of dance. I never know where I will be in dance, but this is a way of knowing dance (more). Eyes and I's with you in complete in-between.

-- He Jin Jang

Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, He Jin Jang has played many different roles in serving "the choreographic." As a multi-city based choreographer/performer/dramaturg/curator/educator, she has travelled around 50 different cities since 2008. Her recent projects have been in conversation with issues of migration/immigration/habitat and include Drifting Body, migrant-self the speed of a door, Dance for 1, The artist is absent, Ethical Goodbyes, and Tantalizingly Empathetic - an embodied poem on distance, among others. Over the past 5 years, her projects manifested in many different nests such as World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific as choreographer/scholar/master class teacher (Korea, 2016), MODAFE International Dance Festival (Korea, 2016) as choreographer/performer, Ocean Art Research Lab as collaborator and artist (Korea, 2015), Danginlee Power Plant Project as Living Lab Artist (Korea, 2015), Fresh Tracks @ New York Live Arts (US, 2014-15), American Dance Festival (US, 2013), Volkshochschule (Switzerland, 2012), National Museum of Contemporary Arts in Bucharest (Romania, 2011), and Artist-in-Residence @ Movement Research (US, 2009-11), among others. Jang's teaching/mentoring/advising credits in recent years include Korea National Contemporary Dance Company (Advisory Committee, Master Class Lecture, Curator, Dramaturg, 2016), Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture/Seoul Dance Center (Selection Panel & Advisory Committee, 2015-16), Seoul Tanz Station (Guest Artist, 2015), New York Foundation for the Arts (Mentor of Choreography, 2014), and Hollins University (Assistant Professor of Dance, 2011-14). Jang is a recipient of KAMS Next Step Research Grant (Korea, '16), DanceWeb Fellowship (Austria, '11), Arts Council Korea Fellowship (Korea, '09-11), Moving Dialogue MRX Residency (Romania, '11) and more. Currently, she is serving as artistic director of HeJin Jang Dance/CEPA Global Initiative.

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