Nandhu | Ochres

  • 27 July 2020
  • North East Arnhem Land, Torres Strait Islands

Nandhu (pronounced Naan-du) means ‘to be close’ in Wiradjuri language.

Nandhu takes you on a journey through the bed rock of our iconic productions. Through interviews, articles, and behind-the-scenes video content, discover the community connections, cultural stories and creative research and development underpinning these important works.

This Nandhu journey focusses on Bangarra’s production Ochres, choreographed in the mid 1990s by Stephen Page and Bernadette Walong-Sene with Yolŋu Cultural Consultant Djakapurra Munyarryun. Inspired by the clay substance that is so significant and widely used for a myriad of purposes in Aboriginal life, Bangarra’s production Ochres illustrates the alchemy of customs, practices and beliefs that are the building blocks of Indigenous culture. Ochres is about connection to Country, Spirituality, Men’s and Woman’s Business, as well as the many social issues impacting the ever-evolving societies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.