aMRITA HEPI & JAHRA WASASALA | AUSTRALIA & new zealand
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.
“Amrita doesn't just make the political personal; she makes it physical and impossible to ignore” – Nakkiah Lui
Choreographers and Performers Amrita Hepi and Jahra Wasasala Producer Vanessa Varghese Music Producer Lavern Lee Costumes Honey Long Headpiece & Flora Design Jesse Carey Lighting Sophie Penkethman-Young Image Lucy Alcorn
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PASSING was originally developed for Next Wave Festival 2016:
The presentation of Passing at Supercell 2017 is supported by: