...something momentous has occurred that has radically changed our thinking about contemporary dance...it's impossible to overestimate the importance of Ochres
The Age
...the choreographers skillfully combine, completely free from inhibition, the traditional with modern, so radiantingly fresh and powerful
Berliner Morgenpost
2015 Special Sydney Season

27 November – 5 December 2015 Carriageworks, Redfern


Ochres, first performed in 1994, became a watershed production for Bangarra leading to sell out shows around the country. For its 21st anniversary return season, Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page brings a new awakening of this iconic work that revealed Bangarra to the world.

Presented by Carriageworks and Bangarra Dance Theatre, In all its forms and colours, ochre is essential to the life of Aboriginal communities. This four-part contemporary dance work – yellow, black, red and white – is a portrayal for each colour of this earthy substance, its myriad of purposes and the spiritual significance to Aboriginal people.

Over the past two decades Bangarra has wowed audiences with its award-winning contemporary dance productions, making the company Australia’s leading Indigenous arts organisation. Ochres marks the first Bangarra season at Carriageworks.

Choreography Stephen Page, Bernadette Walong-Sene
Music David Page
Cultural Consultant Djakapurra Munyarryun
Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Design Jo Mercurio

1999 International Tour – Switzerland
1996 International Tour - Indonesia
1995 National Tour - Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Arnhem Land