2020 Vision #2: Amrita Hepi

Amrita Hepi is an artist working with dance and choreography through video, the social function of performance spaces, installation and objects.

Amrita Hepi

Utilising hybridity and the extension of choreographic or performative practices, Hepi creates work that considers the body’s relationship to personal histories and the archive. Her practice engages in a wide range of themes including the ourbouros, the 'itness' of a thing, violence, magpies, magic, touch, doom, spectacle, the idea of 'make-believe' and the uncanny. 

In 2020 she has joined Rising's (formerly Melbourne Festival) Council of good ideas as an artistic advisor, is a Gertrude Contemporary artist in residence and is currently working with Kaldor projects/Serpentine UK as a participating DOit artist.  In 2019 she was a commissioned artist for The National: New Australian art 2019 and the recipient of the dance web scholarship to be mentored by Anne Juren, Mette Ingvarsten and Annie Dorsen. In 2018 and again in 2020 she was the recipient of the people's choice award for the Keir Choreographic award and was also named one of Forbes Asia 30 under 30. Amrita trained at NAISDA and Alvin Ailey NYC. 

Amrita Hepi's Pick for Vision 2020

TAKE

By Victoria Hunt

Amrita says: "Victoria has had a huge influence on me and the way I think about performance and approaching objects in particular, and while our works are different I feel a pull with kinship ties between us; not from heritage but rather in an approach to considering what the sacred is. This film weaves mana wahine, dance and archival materials - it's a call to return Hinemihi from the empire and the dances/movements around it."

Victoria Hunt says: "I was born and raised in Australia with ancestral affiliations to Te Arawa, Rongowhaakata, Ngati Kahungunu Maori, English, Irish and Finnish. My journey back to Aotearoa (New Zealand) to reconnect with my whanau (family) led me to the story of my ancestral meeting house, Hinemihi o te Tawhito, who was ‘taken’ to England in 1886. I have been dancing her story ever since. 

"Using existing footage from my dance works combined with still photographs and archival documents, TAKE was a creative collaboration with filmmaker Margot Nash as mentor and then editor and producer.

"My aim as a dancer, director, educator and activist is to reinstate the power of Indigenous creativity through unravelling the complexities Indigenous people face within the struggle for recognition, reclamation, rematriation and remembrance. Central to this is the honoring of whakapapa (ancestral lineages, kinships) and the revitalization of mana wahine (Maori feminism, feminine knowledges). My work is a gradual binding of intimate collaboration between artists, elders and community."

 

2020 Vision is our celebration of screen dance curated by the artists who will take part in the opening programme of The Dance Space next year, as well as the South East Dance team and our Welcome Project Community Steering Group.  

Read an introduction to 2020 Vision from our Artistic Director, Cath James, here.

 

We would really appreciate you taking time to complete this short survey on your experience of 2020 Vision. It's important to us to find out what you thought of the programme, so we can refine and tailor our programmes to what you want to see. We also have to report back to our funders, so we need as much feedback as possible for them. Once again, thanks for your time and attention.

 

Thanks to the generosity of our funders and supporters, we are delighted to share this content with you for free. As an arts charity, however, we have to continue to fundraise - not only to complete the build and fit-out of The Dance Space, but also to ensure that the positive impact of our work can be felt by more people across the South East region. Please give what you can; every donation, large or small, is welcome. Thank you.

TAKE (te reo Maori: issue, promise, challenge)