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Bangarra Dance Theatre invites applications for 2024 David Page Music Fellowship

Joseph Guenzler -

Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australia's top Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts group, has opened applications for the 2024 David Page Music Fellowship.

Roy David Page, a respected Munaldjali and Nunukal man, served as Bangarra Dance Theatre's songman, composer, and music director.

His enduring legacy continues as the company's musical core, reflecting his lifelong dedication.

First launched in 2017, the David Page Music Fellowship offers early-career Indigenous composers and musicians paid opportunities to work on projects with the company.

In 2024, two Fellowships will be awarded to honour David's remarkable life, diverse talents, and extensive contributions to theatre.

Leon Rogers has created sound composition for film and documentaries as well as for the commercial sector. (Image: Bangarra/Rhiannon Hopely)

Woirimi man and Fellow, Leon Rogers expressed deep gratitude for the fellowship, describing it as a unique and immensely rewarding experience.

He felt his creativity sparked by the warm reception from Bangarra's staff. 

"This fellowship provided me with a unique and very rewarding experience which I'll forever be grateful for," Mr Rogers said. 

"My creativity was ignited with the warmth and welcoming arms of all the staff at Bangarra."

"Nothing compares to collaborating with the dancers and creative departments, once you're in it and the ball starts rolling you can't help but feel like you're part of something meaningful and very special."

The program provides emerging music and sound artists the chance to work in a professional, culturally respectful collaborative setting, under the guidance of seasoned mentors.

This paid Fellowship requires recipients to spend at least four weeks at Bangarra's studios in Sydney, on Gadigal Country, during 2024.

Fellows will improve their creativity, composition, and production skills by contributing to new scores for Bangarra Dance Theatre productions, mentored by renowned composers Steve Francis and Brendon Boney.

Bangarra Dance Theatre invites and encourages applications from designers living in regional and remote areas across Australia.

Fellows residing outside of Sydney will have their flights and accommodation expenses covered by Bangarra.

More information is available on the Bangarra website, with application open until Wednesday 25 April, 2024. 

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