Dubboo — life of a songman

Presented by Bangarra Dance Theatre and Carriageworks

Our official recommendation for Dubboo - life of a songman is 12+. This is more due to the experience of sitting in a loud, dark, and crowded room for an extended period of time than the content of the show itself. The work does contain coarse language and explores with adult themes, however we don't anticipate that the work will be distressing or unsuitable for those 12+.

Running time: 1h 50min,  with an interval

  • BAY 17, CARRIAGEWORKS, SYDNEY 6 — 8 December

Credits

Artistic Director
  • Stephen Page

David Page was the musical heartbeat of Bangarra Dance Theatre. In 27 original scores for the company, he reinvented the art of the soundtrack to encompass traditional language, song and instruments with the sounds of electronica, hip-hop, classical and the natural world. If you’ve heard his scores to OchresMathinnaTerrain or Patyegarang, you’ve heard his genius at play. 

Dubboo – life of a songman celebrates this incredible artist. Featuring a notable cast of David’s collaborators, including acclaimed Indigenous artists Archie RoachUrsula Yovich and Djakapurra Munyarryun, this one-off celebration will be a heartfelt response to his lasting creative legacy and music. Composer and arranger Iain Grandage will respond to David’s music, animated by a string quartet and performances by Bangarra Dance Theatre’s dancers.

In a change of pace and a joyous celebration, the second half of the show will recall David’s acclaimed one-man show Page 8. * Featuring performer Ben Graetz’s infamous alter ego Miss Ellaneous, with the creative talents of Bangarra’s dance ensemble, it explores the many mediums where David was at home, from cabaret and storytelling, to film and drag.

Dubboo – life of a songman Creative Ensemble 
Archie Roach, Djakapurra Munyarryun, Ursula Yovich, Ben Graetz, Hunter Page-Lochard, Brendon Boney, Veronique Serret, Stephanie Zarka, Carl St. Jacques, Paul Ghica, the Bangarra Dance Theatre Ensemble, Stephen Page, Iain Grandage, Steve Francis, Jennifer Irwin, Jacob Nash, Alana Valentine, and Matt Cox 

*Page 8, by Louis Nowra & David Page, from an original concept by David Page, was originally produced by Belvoir in 2004, and then toured nationally and internationally. 

Bangarra acknowledges the generous support of Dubboo — life of a songman Commissioning Partner, the Fink Family's Bennelong Arts Foundation. 
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. 
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David’s vision and dream for Bangarra created a wholly unique language, which drove a revolution in contemporary Aboriginal dance. In 27 original scores for the company, he reinvented the art of the soundtrack to encompass traditional language, song and instruments with the sounds of electronica, hip-hop, classical and the natural world.