...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
Ochres, first performed in Sydney in 1995, proved a watershed production for Bangarra, leading to sellout shows around the country and more invitations to perform overseas than the company could accept.
Ochres plays an essential part in traditional life. Working with cultural consultant/dancer Djakapurra Munyarryun has provided us with valuable insight into the presentation of traditional paint up and preparation.
As a substance ochre has intrigued us. Its significance and the myriad of purposes, both spiritual and physical has been the driving force behind this collaboration.
The portrayal of each colour is by no means a literal interpretation, but the awareness of its spiritual significance has challenged our contemporary expressions.
Stephen Page’s Ochres is a work in four parts which explores the mystical significance of ochre, inspired by its spiritual and medicinal power: Prologue, Yellow, Black, Red and White.

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