of course
whitefellas try to acknowledge things
but they do it wrong
they say

before we begin I’d like to pay my respects

not understanding
that there isn’t a time before it begins
it has all already begun

– Running Dog

What is it about the beginning that remains intoxicating? Our persistent lust for the first rush of a romance, scene, canon, theory, relationship, meal or country. Created by extraordinary dance artist Amrita Hepi, Rinse explores the romance of beginnings and what happens next, when those initial thrills begin to fade and inertia takes over.

Hepi’s electric new performance questions whether being on the brink of extinction—a series of endings of various kinds—has intensified the seduction of the past. By recreating an entropic origin myth on stage, Rinse travels from end to ending, weaving together autobiographical elements with the grand narratives of art, feminism, dance, the void, desire, popular culture and colonial history. An intimate yet epic solo performance based on a dynamic improvisational score, Rinse expands Hepi’s fascination with hybridity under empire and contemporary dance’s fixation with the “neutral” body.

Following a prototype of Rinse winning the People’s Choice Award at the 2020 Keir Choreographic Award, Performing Lines is producing a redevelopment of the work ahead of premiere in late 2021.


Creator, choreographer & performer
Amrita Hepi

Director & Co-Writer
Mish Grigor

Sound Design & Composer
Daniel Jenatsch

Lighting Designer
Matt Adey

Produced by
Performing Lines

Information for Presenters

Rinse is available for national and international touring.

Vanessa Wright Senior Producer
Thom Smyth Producer

Presentation History

Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, Carriageworks
Sydney, NSW
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Full Presentation History for Rinse

Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, Carriageworks
Sydney, NSW
Fusebox Festival, Long Centre
Austin, Texas, USA
Festival TransAmériques
Montréal, Canada

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Rinse is produced by Performing Lines, and was co-commissioned by Performance Space and the Keir Foundation. Rinse is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the arts, its funding and advisory body. The project has been supported by Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance through the Makers Program, Carriageworks, Dancehouse, and the Keir Foundation for the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award and accelerated by APHIDS – SUPERDRIVE.

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