• Perth Works
Ochre Contemporary Dance Company

Kwongkan (Sand)

A cross-cultural exploration of India and Australia that mixes contemporary and traditional dance, music, theatre and storytelling.


A cross-cultural exploration of India and Australia that mixes contemporary and traditional dance, music, theatre and storytelling.

Ochre Contemporary Dance Company’s Kaya project (2016) allowed Indian collaborators Isha and Tao to experience country, dance making and cultural exchange in rural and remote areas of Western Australia. In 2017 the company journeyed to India to reverse the process. Out of these two profound experiences comes Kwongkan (Sand), a joint production with Daksha Sheth Dance (India).

Kwongkan (Sand) examines the similarities between Indian and Australian traditional cultures. How do feet connect to the earth and hands signal across space? How are ancient stories remembered and shared? How does dance regenerate? It explores shared themes and histories – British Colonialism and forced nationhood and the difficulties of cultural survival in the techno-world.

Whilst discovering these common links, Ochre’s brilliant ensemble of travelling artists (Kate Harman, Mark Howett, Tao Issaro, Trevor Jamieson, Isha Sharvani, Daksha Sheth, Phil Thomson, Ian Wilkes) have been devising a unique and dazzling dance work that melds ancient and contemporary practice.

Kwongkan (Sand) will be developed throughout 2018 for presentations in 2019. This Perth Works presentation includes live dance alongside film and stories from the development work in Tjuntjunjara and India.

Ochre will also introduce excerpts from Michael Leslie’s new work 3point3. Leslie has joined Ochre to develop a full-length version of his work for a season in Subiaco and Berlin next year. Set in a jail, Leslie dances the heartbreaking story of a man who can learn every dance in the world except his own.

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The detail



This event is free of charge



60mins no interval, followed by refreshments


Cast & Crew

Artistic Director Mark Howett
Choreographer, Co-Director & Dancer Isha Sharvani
Noongar Choreographer & Dancer Ian Wilkes
Musical Director & Composer Tao Issaro
Other Dancers & Choreographers Ian Wilkes, Kate Harman, Trevor Jamieson
Dramaturg & Text Phil Thomson
Traditional storytellers Trevor Jamieson (Aus) Indian suttradah (TBA)
Indian traditional & contemporary dance guru Daksha Sheth
3point3 Dancer & Choreographer Michael Leslie
Other guests may join the showing

Lights and film Mark Howett
Technical assistance Subiaco Arts Centre

Subiaco Arts Centre


3 Mar 2018

Sat 3 Mar, 1pm



  • Wheelchair access

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