Amrita Hepi performed her work “An Occupation” at Kluge-Ruhe’s annual summer concert series, Night at the Museum, on September 20, 2018. The next day, she led a workshop at UVA’s Culbreth Stage titled “How to Dance an Acknowledgement of Country,” which included a discussion about cultural dance, peer presentation and an exploration of how dance can be created collaboratively. Artist in residence Jenni Kemarre Martiniello was one participant in her compelling workshop, along with a number of UVA dance students, UVA professors and community members.
Hepi’s visit was sponsored by the Embassy of Australia.
About the Artist
Amrita Hepi is an award-winning choreographer and dancer from Bundjululng (Australia) and Ngapuhi (New Zealand) peoples. Her mission as an artist is to push the barriers of intersectionality and probe ideas of authenticity, the perpetuation of culture, tradition and a “decolonial imagination.” She has worked in a variety of forms: film, performance, sculpture, installation, but always begins with the body as a point of archive, memory and resistance. She trained at NAISDA Dance College in New South Wales and Alvin Ailey American Dance School in New York.