16 Dec 2018

Skipping across the Tasman - Amrita Hepi

From Standing Room Only, 2:36 pm on 16 December 2018

Australian-based Amrita Hepi is a high profile and overtly political choreographer, dancer and filmmaker who weaves her twin Aboriginal (Bundjulung) and Maori (Ngapuhi) heritage into her work.

The history of skipping and weaving is the theme of her next video installation, The Ropes, created for the 2019 Sydney Festival .

But it's a history told through the lens of indigenous people. Amrita's won many awards and performed thoughout Australia and overseas - she was also on Forbes Asia's 30 under 30 list.

While based in Australia, she says she feels very connected to Aotearoa, working with expat Maori dancers and artists over there. Amrita Hepi's new work The Ropes premieres at the 2019 Sydney Festival on the 11th of January.

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