The JC Williamson Award is awarded to an individual who has made a truly outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Australia’s live performance culture and shaped the future of the industry for the better. The Award will be presented at the 2016 Helpmann Awards Ceremony on Monday 25 July at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.
This year Stephen Page celebrates his 25th anniversary as the Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre. He has developed a signature body of works that have redefined contemporary dance in Australia and his creative credits span not only dance but theatre, opera and film. Offstage, Stephen has mentored and created countless opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and youth, and has been a champion of social justice for Indigenous people. He recently premieredNyapanyapa, his 23rd work for Bangarra, inspired by the paintings of Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, as part of theOUR land people stories triple bill.
Stephen Page said: “I have been fortunate to have worked with so many inspiring communities, artists and creatives during my 25-year tenure as Artistic Director of Bangarra. It is a truly unique Australian company and I am so proud of everything we have achieved. The stories we share are sacred and I feel privileged to play a role in the vital care taking of these stories, through the intimate weaving of culture and contemporary dance.”
The 2016 Helpmann Awards will be broadcast live on Foxtel Arts and webcast free viawww.foxtelarts.com.au