In a case of life pre-empting art, Page, like the character he portrays in KICK was forced to choose between a career in dance or sport after winning a place in the Queensland State Rugby side and entry to the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre in Sydney; a tough choice for any fifteen year-old. Although his family supported his decision to dance, Page's father was nonplussed at the thought of his sports loving son exchanging football shorts for tights, but had a change of heart after seeing him perform. His chosen career has garnered critical acclaim, fans world-wide and the distinction of being the first artist to perform in the Prime Minister's private courtyard at Parliament House in Canberra.
Upon completing his training in dance, music and theatre, Page toured Jakarta and Hong Kong with One Extra Dance Company. During this period, Page also choreographed and performed with the bands, Jump Back Jack, Jackie Orzarsky and Drum Nutz as well as performing the lead role in HAROLD, a production based on the life of opera singer Harold Blair.
In 1991, Page joined the renowned Bangarra Dance Theatre and featured as the company's principal artist in numerous productions which toured throughout Australia, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, India, Berlin, Japan, USA and England. Page also performed at the Seville Expo in 1992 as part of the Barcelona Olympic Games Festival and in the Flag Handover Ceremony at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
Although KICK represents his first major screen role, he is no stranger to the camera having several film and video credits. These range from lead roles in BLACK RIVER, a contemporary operatic film directed by Kevin Lucas, Michael Riley's POISON for the ABC Network, video clips with Jenny Morris and Christine Anu and Tracey Moffat's feature BEDEVEIL. Page also appeared in the musical extravaganza, BILLY'S HOLIDAY and served as choreographer on Bruce Beresford's PARADISE ROAD.
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|Date of death||July 14, 2002|