Stephen Page AO (b. 1965), dancer and choreographer, moved to Sydney from Brisbane in the early 1980s to study dance at the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association. He performed with the Sydney Dance Company between 1983 and 1991, when he was appointed artistic director of Bangarra Dance Theatre; his brothers Russell (1968–2002) and David (1961–2016) also joined the company – as principal dancer and resident composer respectively. Stephen has since created many highly acclaimed ballets for Bangarra including Fish (1997) Skin (2000), Walkabout (2002), Mathinna (2008), Patyegarang (2014) and Lore (2015). His many honours include a Helpmann Award for Best Choreography for Corroboree (2001), and the 2010 Helpmann for Best Ballet or Dance Work for Fire. In addition, he has choreographed works for Opera Australia and the Sydney Theatre Company. For the Australian Ballet, Page choreographed Alchemy (1996) and Totem (2002), a solo for dancer Stephen Heathcote. His ballets Rites (1997) and Gathering (2006) were collaborations between Bangarra and the Australian Ballet. Recently, he directed the film Spear (2015).
Gift of Robert Rosen 2012
Accession number: 2012.18
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