Ochre is a clay substance that represents a huge part of Aboriginal life. It is used for rituals and ceremonies, visual arts, healing ... it is also a symbolic way for Aboriginal people to tell their stories through body painting while celebrating the spirit of these stories through dance. Ochre comes in four major colours: yellow, black, red and white. In all its forms and colours, ochre is essential to the life of Aboriginal communities.
This production features the First Nations languages Ngarti (Northern Territory and Western Australia), Etanyanu (North West Cape York), Yolngu Matha (Yirritja) (North East Arnhem Land), Kala Kawaw Ya (Central & Western Torres Strait Islands), Meriam Mir (Eastern Torres Strait Islands) and Yugambeh (South East Queensland).
Sections of Ochres
Red - Youth, Obsession, Poison, Pain
Duration: 60 minutes
Shown as a work in development in 1994, Ochres premiered in 1995.