Carriageworks Season Cast Sheet | 2015

  • Torres Strait Islands, North East Arnhem Land
  • Program, Resources

Ochres is a portrayal of this earthy substance, its myriad of purposes and the spiritual significance to Aboriginal people.

To protect and respect the wealth of culture and knowledge shared with Bangarra by our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contributors and their communities, and Bangarra’s rights in its own content, you acknowledge and agree that:
1. Content is for your personal, non-commercial use only and
2. You will comply with Bangarra’s Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property (ICIP) Policy.


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.