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Amrita Hepi (Bundjalung NSW/Ngapuhi NZ) & Jahra Wasasala (NZ)

Presented in association with Darebin Arts' Speakeasy

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12-18 May


Northcote Town Hall, 189 High St, Northcote


Tue–Fri 6:30pm | Sat 3:15pm & 6:30pm


$23 Full / $18 Concession / Green Tickets Sat 14 May, 3:15pm & Wed 18 May, 6:30pm


40 min


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Auslan interpreted performance Fri 13 May, 6:30pm


This work contains coarse language, adult themes, strobing effects, loud sound and haze

Event Details

Amrita doesn't just make the political personal, she makes it physical and impossible to ignore.

Nakkiah Lui, writer

Using the notion of racial passing as a catalyst for a series of movement monologues, spoken word passages and physical conversations, PASSING maps two bodies under pressure from the responsibility that comes from being of mixed cultural background.
A trans-pacific partnership of physical force, PASSING combines Amrita Hepi’s hip-hop prowess and background in contemporary dance with Jahra Wasasala’s grounded and ritualistic choreographic style to create a provocative, complex and deeply magnetic work—a physical dialogue that exists between two daughters of diaspora.

Bringing together some of Australia’s most talented creatives including an original score by Lavern Lee (Guerre, Cassius Select, Black Vanilla) and styling by installation artist Honey Long, PASSING is an evocative portrait of the ‘exotic’, and the exhausting effects the title can bear.

  • Choreographers/performers
    Amrita Hepi and Jahra Wasasala
  • Producer
    Vanessa Varghese
  • Music Producer
    Lavern Lee
  • Costumes
    Honey Long
  • Headpiece and Flora Design
    Jesse Carey
  • Lighting
    Sophie Penkethman-Young
  • Image
    Lucy Alcorn and Vanessa Varghese

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH and Critical Path.