Vale David Page, dead at 55
David Page fomer resident composer and musical director of Bangarra Dance Company has passed away unexpectedly at the age of 55.
Page has been a Bangarra stalwart, creating music for over 27 productions for the company since joining in 1991. Page was an award-winning artist and respected elder. During his time working with Bangarra, Page received four Deadly Awards and was the inaugural winner of the Indigenous Artist Award for The Sidney Myer Foundation in 2000.
In a statement to media, Bangarra mourned the loss of Page.
"The Bangarra clan is unbelievably saddened that our brother David Page is no longer with us," the company said in a statement.
Ausdance National CEO Neil Roach told the ABC Page was an extraordinary composer.
"He composed the extraordinary soundtrack to Bangarra's Ochres, which is probably their most famous early work," he said. "An extraordinary soundtrack where he not only combined his own compositions but the sound of traditional voices in language."
In March of this year, Riverside Theatres hosted a revival season of Terrain – one of Pages’ most acclaimed works for Bangarra.
Page was a descendant of the Nunkul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh tribe from south-east Queensland. As the eighth child of a family of 12, David Page grew up in a suburban Brisbane housing commission estate. Nicknamed ‘Little Davey Page’, he was groomed to become Australia’s answer to Michael Jackson. He was Australia’s first and only performer to sign with the American record label Atlantic in 1975 and had two top-ten hits on Countdown.
[Image] A performer from Bangarra's reboot of the classic production Ochres.