David Page, the multiple Helpmann and Green Room Award winning music director of the Bangarra Dance Theatre has died unexpectedly, aged 55.

In an interview with Theatre People last year about his acclaimed one-man cabaret show, Page 8, Page referred to himself throughout the conversation as a “black fella”. When asked about his use of this term, Page explained he regarded himself as a black fella and considered this phrase as simply urban slang. He didn’t like being referred to as “Aboriginal” or “Indigenous.” David Page was a proud descendant of the Nunkul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh tribe from SE Queensland.

Page composed music for 27 works for the Bangarra Dance Theatre. He contributed to the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony, composed for the Australian ballet and numerous short films and television shows.

Bangarra Dance Theatre released a statement asking for privacy and respect. “The Bangarra clan is unbelievably saddened that our brother David Page is no longer with us.”

At the request of the Page family and to uphold and honour their beliefs, no photo image of David Page will accompany this news article.

Our thoughts are with his family and the Bangarra Dance Company at this time.