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 and make work that garners multiple access points through allegories. Her practice at present is interested in probing ideas of authenticity, the perpetuation of culture, tradition, and a ‘decolonial imagination’  - and questioning where this now resides. 

An artist with a broad following and reach her work has taken various forms (film, performance, sculpture, text, lecture, paticipatory installation) but always begins from working with the body as a point of archive, memory and resistance.

She is a member of the Western Australian Dance Company OCHRES and has worked with Victoria Chiu, Marrugeku, Melanie Lane & Amos Gerbrahnt, Bhenji Ra and Force Majeure. 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. Amrita has also worked in various commercial capacities and has been commissioned by 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.

 She has exhibited and performed extensively internationally and nationally at Sydney Opera House, Sydney, 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.