Amrita Hepi and Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasasala will present a free public workshop at the Drill Hall on Friday 1 March after their week in research at the Drill Hall as part of the March Dance festival.
Amrita and Jahra first met on a residency at the Banff centre 2014 and have been in dialogue through making, politics, the pacific and dance ever since. Through their time together rather than developing a technique they created ways of listening and moving that culminated in the making of a dance work called Passing in 2016 for Next Wave festival. This happening for March Dance will be a sharing of both of their accumulative practices till now, methods for improvisation and dialogue.
Amrita Hepi is an award winning First Nations choreographer and dancer from from Bundjulung (Aus) and Ngapuhi (NZ) territories. Her mission as an artist is to push the barriers of intersectionality and make work that garners multiple access points through allegories. Her practice at present is interested in probing ideas of authenticity, the perpetuation of culture, tradition, and a ‘decolonial imagination’ – and questioning where this now resides.
Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasasala is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and poet. She was born and raised in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Jahra has roots in many places around the world, and her pacific heritage comes from the islands of Fiji. Her creative works are interdisciplinary solo and group theatre dance works. She explores the space between contemporary dance and live poetry, whilst incorporating other mediums. Her work aims to serve as a platform to create open discussions on the connections with historical events.
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