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 work is characterised by hybridity and engages in extending choreographic practices by combining dance and movement with other domains such as visual art, language and participatory research.
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 2019: 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 for the Performing Arts in Washington DC) while undertaking the Danceweb scholarship as part of Impulstanz in Vienna, Austria under the mentorship of Mette Invargsten.
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. Amrita has been an artist-in-residence at BANFF Centre for the Arts Canada, ACE OPEN in South Australia, and PACT Sydney.