Articulating Landscapes

Kim Scott and Stephen Scourfield are two highly acclaimed West Australian authors, both notable for their inspired musings on our spectacular landscape.

Ochre is a uniquely mixed Aboriginal and non-Indigenous organisation, and as such Kim’s book That Deadman Dance and Stephen’s book As The River Runs provided the perfect basis for Ochre’s Choreographic Workshop season, Articulating Landscapes. 

Performed across three evenings in July, Articulating Landscapes will present these works in a studio setting in the Masonic Hall, Nedlands and it is a rare chance to attend an event in this landmark building. 

Presented by Ochre as part of the City of Perth Winter Arts Season and the University of Western Australia WinterArts season, these performances will immerse audiences in the vast and beautiful landscapes here in Western Australia, portrayed though contemporary dance by Ochre’s accomplished professional dancers drawn from both WA and interstate. Featuring acclaimed Australian choreographers Gary Lang and Penelope Mullen, alongside emerging choreographers including Floeur Alder and Jesse Martin, these performances will engage audiences with the unique interplay between movement and the written word. 

“This is a contemporary dance company endowed with ancient and modern stories. Unlike Ochre's first production, Diaphanous, which featured Aboriginal myths, Dreamtide is about shared experiences and fears. Its young, talented artists created a handsome and accessible production.” – The Australian, 21 October 2013

“….I have been involved in studio workshop performances with Ochre Contemporary Dance Company. They have devised dance based on excerpts of my writing, which had their first, smaller public airings all this week. It is one of the most extraordinary projects I have ever been involved in." – Stephen Scourfield, Author and Travel Editor: The West Australian Newspaper

“If the small Masonic Hall in which we sit seems therefore imbued with the terrifying yet seductive aura of Picnic at Hanging Rock, it’s by design and, like kids at story time, we’re loving it. Each work is well-crafted and, propless, relies on the physicality of this small company’s seven dancers, all rippling upper-body movement and strong, pillar-like haunches.” – The Australian Newspaper

Penelope Mullen, Gary Lang, Floeur Alder, Jesse Martin, Matthew Tupper

Linton Aberle
Floeur Alder
Tyrel Dulvarie
Kenneth Johnson
Yilin Kong
Yolanda Lowatta
Jesse Martin

Secondment Dancers:
Rika Hamaguchi - NAISDA
Phillip Walford - NAISDA

Creative Team:
Studio Manager: Penny Mullen
Stage Managers: Rhianne Perrie, Ben Cooper and Joe Lui
Sound Design: Josh Hogan