A Call To Dance

Amrita Hepi
15–20 January
Arts Centre Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC

I’m trying my goddamned best to create a space for all bodies because I think it sucks to miss out on the joy that dance can bring
Amrita Hepi

This participatory one-on-one work by dancer & choreographer Amrita Hepi engages members of the public in a physical conversation about cultural ownership, authorship and self-expression.

Have a yarn with Amrita about yourself, your community, your place in the world and your attitude towards dance and culture. Through this conversation, together you’ll identify a movement or gesture that articulates something deeply personal and publicly political.

At the end of each session, you’ll perform your move with Amrita – it’s danced and archived.

After each day, Amrita collates those movements to create a movement snapshot of the day.

Following the end of the residency, Amrita creates a solo dance from the collected movements that she offers back to the place in which it was created.

This work celebrates a place and its people, asking questions about heritage, belonging, public expression and cultural authenticity.

So far, we’ve taken residence in train stations, surf clubs, shopping centres and snowfields planes from beachfront in Wollongong to Dansearena Nord Norway.

…her being has morphed into my daggy try hard dancing. I laugh and laugh. Which is okay, ‘cause she’s laughing too – laughing with the happiness I used to feel back in the day when it was me owning those moves.
Blak Critics, YIRRAMBOI


Creator & performer
  • Amrita Hepi


  • Sarah Walker

Produced by Performing Lines

Current dates & tickets

15–20 January
Arts Centre Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC
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Information for Presenters

Performing Lines is currently building tours for Europe and North America in 2019 and 2020.

  • Very flexible delivery model. Requires a private space with an adjacent public space. Think shopfronts, pedestrian walkways, parks, town squares, etc
  • 2 people on the road
  • Full marketing and production specs on request


  • Within Australia: for curtain and rug.
  • International: set provided by the Presenter
Marion Potts Executive Producer
Liesel Zink Producer

Presentation History

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

This project was originally presented by YIRRAMBOI Festival, Melbourne, and supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Performing Lines acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work – the Gadigal in Sydney, the Whadjuk in Perth, and the Muwinina in Hobart – and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

We extend those respects to all First Nations peoples on whose lands we travel and perform.