My favourites

Add all to cart

  • Su
  • M
  • Tu
  • W
  • Th
  • F
  • Sa


You have not favourited any events yet. Browse all our events here and click the heart icon on an event and we will save it for you here for quick access.

Add and you're eligible for our package.

Congratulations! Looks like you're eligible for the package.

Sorry, we can't reserve tickets next to one another for events . Please adjust the number of ticket or proceed to cart.



Available Sections

  • India
  • Western Australia
Ochre Contemporary Dance Company | Daksha Sheth Dance Company

Kwongkan Sand

Powerful dancing deities endeavour to save the planet and their ancient knowledge in this cross cultural collaboration.
Add to favourites
Book now


Kwongkan journeys from ancient cultures, through the present and into a future where the next generation struggles to save the planet and themselves. This international co-production is visually and sonically startling with passionately powerful physical performances at its core.

Indigenous Australian performers from Perth’s Ochre Contemporary Dance Company and India’s Daksha Sheth Dance Company combine traditional and contemporary dance theatre with live music, son et lumière, and aerial acrobatics.

Kwongkan means “sand” in Nyoongar language referencing the cultural significance of this indestructible element in both Indigenous and Indian dance ceremonies; and what most of us are doing about addressing the tsunami of climate catastrophes engulfing our planet – putting our heads in the sand.

Created and directed by Mark Howett over three years of travel to sacred lands in desert Australia and tropical India with the ensemble; including principal Nyoongar dancer and actor Ian Wilkes, renowned dancer and Bollywood actress Isha Sharvani and musician and composer Tao Issaro, this world premiere is a profound and dazzling mix of beauty and terror, hope and fear.

Arrive early to experience the pre-performance rituals, warm-ups, set preparation, costuming and body painting and perhaps to play a role in the unfolding narrative.

Chairs and picnic blankets are welcome, and food and drinks will be available for purchase.

A Perth Festival Co-Commission
Presented in association with Fremantle Arts Centre

Images: Mat McHugh

The detail


Tickets from $25 - $45 + BF

General Admission Adult $45 / Concession $42 / Friend $41 / Student $25

Fremantle Arts Centre


16 Feb - 20 Feb 2019

Sat 16 Feb 2019, 7.30 PM

Sun 17 Feb 2019, 7.30 PM

Mon 18 Feb 2019, 7.30 PM

Tue 19 Feb 2019, 7.30 PM

Wed 20 Feb 2019, 7.30 PM


additional information


Please Note

Duration: 80 minutes
Pre-show experience from 5pm

Warnings: Coarse Language, Smoke or Haze Effects, Open Flames, Strobe Lighting, Loud Sounds


Post Show Conversation

Sun 17 Feb 8.50pm


Artistic Credits

Created and directed by Mark Howett
Performed and choreographed by Ian Wilkes, Isha Sharvani, Phil Thomson, Nadia Martich, Tao Issaro, Kate Harmann and Mark Howett
Design Dev Issao
Composer and Associate Director Tao Issaro
Costumes Mand Marky 
Dramaturg: Phil Thomson – Video Design Michael Carmody
Videography Mark Howett and Tao Issaro


About the Artists

 Ochre Contemporary Dance Company has triumphed over the last three years, and is now regarded as one of Australia’s leading physical theatre companies with five-star reviews for Kaya (2016), Good Little Soldier (2017) and 3.3 (2018).  Having made work about cultural interaction, post-traumatic stress and indigenous incarceration the company is now embracing the most pressing issue of our times, the tipping point into climatic catastrophe. 

Daksha Sheth Dance Company is one of India’s leading dance companies, having toured internationally for 25 years. They performed Shiva Shakti at Perth Festival 2013 (‘Takes one’s breath away.’-The West Australian).  Daksha’s children, renowned dancer and Bollywood actress Isha Sharvani and musician, composer Tao Issaro are key creators and performers in Kwongkan.

You might also enjoy

Curate your festival

Gripping performances, big laughs and good vibes. If you’ve got a pulse, we’ve got something for you. Check out our Festival packages and discover your festival.

  • Made in WA

    See our homegrown talent for a best of the west Festival experience.

01 / 01