Amrita Hepi (Bundjalung NSW/Ngapuhi NZ) & Jahra Wasasala (NZ)
Presented in association with Darebin Arts' Speakeasy
Amrita doesn't just make the political personal, she makes it physical and impossible to ignore.
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/performersAmrita Hepi and Jahra Wasasala
Music ProducerLavern Lee
Headpiece and Flora DesignJesse Carey
ImageLucy 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.