Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasasala (NZ) came to the Drill Hall, Sydney to participate in a week-long collaborative research residency with Sydney based artist Amrita Hepi. Together they continued to research ways of listening and moving based on their already established dialogue on making, politics, the pacific and dance.
At the end of their time together, the artists facilitated a workshop to the public as part of March Dance, which included a sharing of both of their accumulative practices, methods for improvisation and dialogue.
“Through the workshop element of the residency, we were able to collaborate and work with an incredibly diverse group of people that pushed my experience and knowledge of incorporating diversity in my creative process. Critical Path was able to facilitate that exchange in an open and safe way with myself and Amrita Hepi.”
Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasasala
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.
Jahra is known for her powerful performances, ancient edge, and socially provocative nature. 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.
Image credit: Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasasala and Amrita Hepi with workshop participants at Critical Path 2019. Photo by Claire Hicks.