Amrita Hepi - Photo David Collins

Amrita Hepi - Photo David Collins

 

Amrita Hepi is an award winning first nations choreographer and dancer from from Bundjulung (Aus) and Ngapuhi (NZ) territories. Her mission as an artist is to push the barriers of intersectionality in form and make work that garners multiple access points through allegories. Her practice at present is interested in forms 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 from working with the body as a point of archive, memory , dance and resistance.

In 2018 she was the recipient of the people's choice award for the Keir Choreographic award and was named one of Forbes Asia's 30 under 30. In 2019 she is one of the participants for The National 2019 commissioned by Art Gallery of NSW, whilst touring work through Australia, Europe and America - and undertaking the Danceweb scholarship as part of Impulstanz in Vienna Austria.

Amrita has also worked in various commercial capacities and has been commissioned by various companies such as ASOS global to create and choreograph film works and has been featured globally in Vogue USA, TeenVogue USA, Instyle, Harpers Bazar and PAPER US. 

Amrita trained at the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) dance college, New South Wales, Australia 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.

Exhibition/Performance credits include:
Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Kluge Ruhe, Virginia, USA,
Next Wave Festival, Melbourne
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
The Australian Centre for Contemporary art, Melbourne,
Carriageworks, Sydney,
TEDX, Sydney, Banff Centre Canada,
Art Central Hong Kong,
DARK MOFO Tasmania
Perth Institute for Contemporary Art Western Australia
Le Mans, Le Espal France
Cement Fondu, Sydney, Aus
The Lock Up Newcastle, Aus