Dubboo — life of a songman

Presented by Bangarra Dance Theatre and Carriageworks

  • 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 narration from Ningali Lawford-Wolf, with the creative talents of Bangarra’s dance ensemble, and performer Ben Graetz’s infamous alter ego Miss Ellaneous, 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 
Stephen Page, Archie Roach, Djakapurra Munyarryun, Ursula Yovich, Ningali Lawford-Wolf, Ben Graetz, Iain Grandage, Steve Francis, Brendon Boney, Jacob Nash, Jennifer Irwin, Matt Cox, Alana Valentine and the Bangarra Dance Theatre Ensemble

*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. 

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.