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Scene from 'Ochres'
Ochres single work   drama   dreaming story  
Issue Details: First known date: 2015 2015
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'Ochres is a work in four parts (plus a prologue) which explores the spiritual significance, the traditional uses and medicinal power of ochre, while also illustrating the essence of culture– its strength, its contemporary relevance and its power to heal and nurture.' (Source: Bangarra Dance Theatre website)

Notes

  • Four Parts include:

    Yellow: I believe the landscape to be Mother. Its flowing rivers she cleanses in, the yellow ochre she dresses in, the sun and seasons she nourishes gathering, nesting and birthing along her travels.

    Black: An ash storm has blown over, the call and pain of initiation can only be viewed from a distance ... Men's Business.

    Red: Custom, Law and Values placed on the relationships between women and men who have been on a path of change since time began. In each of these relationships: the youth, the obsession, the poison, the pain, there is struggle.

    White: At dawn Mother Earth yawns, her call engulfs the white ochre spirits to spiritually bathe them in preparation for the day's journey.

  • 'Bangarra’s production Ochres,was officially premiered in Sydney in 1995. As the work was being developed, sections were shown in September 1994 at Belvoir St Theatre’s Nambundah Festival and again in October of the same year at the National Gallery Canberra for the launch of then Prime Minister Paul Keating’s Creative Nation policy.' (Source: Bangarra Dance Theatre website)

Production Details

  • To be performed at Carriageworks, Redfern on 27 November- 5 December 2015 (Special Sydney Season)

    Choregraphy: Stephen Page, Bernadette Walong-Sene

    Music: David Page

    Cultural Consultant: Djakapurra Munyarryun

    Costume Designer: Jennifer Irwin

    Lighting Design: Jo Mercurio

    Production Company: Bangarra Dance Theatre Australia.

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Works about this Work

Spearheading Culture Belinda Seeney , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier Mail , 19 November 2015; (p. 52)
'Stephen Page is...rehearsing and restaging one of Bangarra Dance Theatre's earliest productions...'
Rebirth of a Landmark Deborah Jones , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 30 November 2015; (p. 12)

— Review of Ochres 2015 single work drama
Rebirth of a Landmark Deborah Jones , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 30 November 2015; (p. 12)

— Review of Ochres 2015 single work drama
Spearheading Culture Belinda Seeney , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier Mail , 19 November 2015; (p. 52)
'Stephen Page is...rehearsing and restaging one of Bangarra Dance Theatre's earliest productions...'
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