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Amrita Hepi

With playful wit and style, Amrita Hepi explores dance as a source of memory and resistance, interweaving movements and words, stories, rhythms and dance techniques.


What is it about the beginning that remains intoxicating? The persistent lust for the initial thrill of a romance, scene, theory, relationship, meal, country — the opening lines. Through movement, text and choreography, Rinse identifies the multiple beginnings that take place to form part of a whole. As Amrita Hepi explores the living archive contained in her body, the thrill of the new gives way to inertia, and beginnings subtly turn into endings. Philosophical and political, expert and ordinary, factual and intimate, measured and explosive, Hepi’s brilliant solo work weaves together a wide array of stories, rhythms, and dance techniques.

A dancer and choreographer of Bundjalung (Australia) and Ngāpuhi (Aotearoa/New Zealand) descent, whose work is known and celebrated from Oceania to America, Hepi becomes an essayist, exploring dance as a source of memory and resistance with playful wit and style.


Produced by Performing Lines
Created, choreographed, written and performed by Amrita Hepi
Directed and co-written by Mish Grigor
Sound Design and Composer Daniel Jenatsch
Lighting Design Matt Adey

Engagement supported by Australian Government – Creative Australia
Presented in association with Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal

Premiered at Performance Space, Carriageworks (Eveleigh), on Octobre 27, 2022

Written by Sara Fauteux
Translated by David Dalgleish


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Amrita Hepi (Melbourne + Bangkok)

Amrita Hepi is a rising star in the international contemporary dance scene. Over the past few years, she has been in widespread demand thanks to her talent, rigour, and remarkable ability to make complex choreographic and performative ideas recognisable.

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