Amrita Hepi is an award-winning First Nations choreographer and dancer from Bundjulung (Aus) and Ngāpuhi (NZ) territories. Her mission as an artist is to push the barriers of intersectionality in form and make work that establishes multiple access points through allegory. Her practice at present is interested in forms of hybridity - especially those that arise under empire.
An artist with a broad following and reach, her work has taken various forms (film, performance, sculpture, text, lecture, participatory installation), but always begins with the body as a point of archive, memory, dance and resistance.
In 2019, she is one of the participants for The National: New Australian art commissioned by Art Gallery of NSW, whilst touring work through Australia (PICA, The Lockup Newcastle, Sydney Festival, Cement fondu, Sydney Opera House), Europe (Theaterformen Germany, Impulstanz Vienna), and North America (The John F. Kennedy Centre Of performing arts Washington DC) while undertaking the Danceweb scholarship as part of Impulstanz in Vienna Austria Under the mentorship of Mette Invargsten.
In 2018, she was the recipient of the People's Choice Award for the Keir Choreographic Award and was named one of “Forbes Australasia's 30 under 30”, amongst other projects.
Amrita has worked with leading Australian dance companies and choreographers such as Marrugeku, Force Majeure, The Western Australian Indigenous Dance company (Ochres) Melanie Lane, Bhenji Ra and Victoria Chiu. She trained at the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College and Alvin Ailey American Dance School, New York. And has been an artist-in-residence at BANFF Centre for the Arts Canada, ACE OPEN South Australia, PACT Sydney.
Exhibition/Performance credits include:
Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Kluge Ruhe Gallery, Virginia, USA
Art Gallery of NSW, AUS
Kennedy Centre, Washington DC USA
Next Wave Festival, Melbourne
Perth Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne,
Banff Centre Canada,
Art Central Hong Kong,
DARK MOFO Tasmania
Le Mans, Le Espal France
Cement Fondu, Sydney, Aus
The Lock Up Newcastle, Aus
ACE Open S.A, AUS