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Ochre reflects ‘excitement and danger of our cultural mix’

Take Indigenous dance cultures, add world dance techniques from India and New Zealand and a dash of classical Western dance and you have Ochre Dance.

The company, based in Bunbury, 180km south of Perth, features Indigenous dancers with those from India, New Zealand and contemporary Australia.

It will perform its new show Kaya at the Goldfields Arts Centre in Kalgoorlie, about 600km north-east of Perth, on October 6 and 7 and at the Dolphin Theatre at the University of WA in Perth from October 13 to 23.

Company dramaturg Phil Thomson says the new work portrays the “excitement and danger” of Australia’s modern cultural mix.

“We have Noongar dance from the south-west of WA as the base for our work and then we’ll add a bit of desert dance to it,” he says.

“But then we engage people from other dance cultures . . . we put that together with other influences to do work about culture and how different cultures can collaborate and why it doesn’t have to be conflict.”

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