Bangarra Dance Theatre's Kinship performers Waangenga Blanco mand Tara Robertson in Rockhampton. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Bangarra Dance Theatre's Kinship performers Waangenga Blanco mand Tara Robertson in Rockhampton. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

NORPA sound director David Page dies suddenly

DAVID Page, an accomplished music director and the sound director behind NORPA's upcoming indigenous theatre work Three Brothers, has died suddenly aged 55.

NORPA expressed their shock at the sudden passing of Mr Page.

"Our thoughts are with his family," they said.

"We will not being making any comment about the current NORPA project in which David was involved at this time."

Three Brothers is partnership between NORPA, the Bundjalung Elders Council, Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council, Northern Rivers Conservatorium, Playwriting Australia and the Interrelate Family Centre.

The production follows the lives of three Aboriginal brothers as they deal with issues of death, family, immortality and the struggles of contemporary life.

Three Brothers co-director and NORPA artistic director Julian Louis said the production was about providing a voice to Aboriginal people.

Mr Page was also the in-house composer for the Bangarra Dance Company which issued a statement that said "The Bangarra clan is unbelievably saddened that our brother David Page is no longer with us."

"On behalf of Stephen, the Page family and Bangarra, we ask for your privacy and respect at this difficult time."

David Page was the brother of the company's artist director Stephen Page.

He was a descendant of the Nunkul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeg tribe from South East Queensland.

Since 1995, Mr Page has won four of his eight nominations for the Deadly's Sound Awards, an ARIA nomination for Heartland, and was the inaugural winner of the Indigenous Artist Award for The Sidney Myer Foundation in 2000.

In 2000, he worked with Steve Francis on music for the Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.



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