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Stephen Page

Quick Facts

  • Name: Stephen Page
  • Born: Brisbane 1965
  • Danced with the Sydney Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre and The Australian Ballet
  • Director of the Bangarra Dance Theatre
  • Director of the Adelaide Festival 2004
  • Favourite play: Page 8 written by his brother David Page
  • Favourite place:  Yirrkala on the north east coast of Arhnem Land
  • Recipient of the Young Australian Creative Fellowship 1995
  • NSW Australian of the Year 2008

Biography

Stephen Page is an Indigenous Australian of the Yugambeh people of south east Queensland. Stephen grew up in suburban Brisbane as one of 11 children. His brother David’s play Page 8 (David was the 8th child of the family) tells the story of David’s life, the love he and Stephen have for performing and their first concerts held in the family kitchen. Stephen’s work is also influenced by his Aboriginal culture and his life in the city.

Stephen is a dancer, choreographer and director whose work is recognised in Australia and internationally. When Stephen was 18, he began his dance training at the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association in Sydney. After graduating, Page joined the Sydney Dance Company as a dancer and choreographer. In 1991 he joined the Indigenous dance company Bangarra Dance Theatre as principal choreographer, and by the end of the year he became the company’s Artistic Director.

Stephen has worked as a choreographer with the Australian Ballet. He brought the Australian Ballet and Bangarra Dance Theatre together to perform his work Rites danced to the music of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Rites was performed at the Sydney Opera House and in New York and won a Green Room Award. In 1993 Stephen was honoured with a MO Award for Dance and in 2010 with the Services to Dance award at the Australian Dance Awards. He was awarded NSW Australian of the Year in 2008.

Stephen has directed music videos and his brother’s play, Page 8, which toured Australia and the United Kingdom. Stephen and Bangarra performed at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and at the 2000 Olympic Arts Festival.

Stephen’s talents were further recognised when he was chosen as Director of the 2004 Adelaide Festival. He undertook this demanding role whilst remaining Artistic Director of the Bangarra Dance Theatre. Stephen continues to make a significant contribution to Australia’s cultural life.

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Books

  • Extracts from Stephen Page's oral history interview for the National Library of Australia published in Michelle Potter’s A Passion for Dance (Canberra: National Library of Australia, 1997) pp. 93-103

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