Born on Thursday Island in the Torres
Strait the third in a family of eight
children, Albert David was brought up
on a Mission Station. He was educated
at a Sacred Heart Convent on Thursday
Island before auditioning for the National
Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development
Association (NAISDA) in Sydney in 1988.
He began studies at NAISDA in 1989 and
graduated from the college in 1995.
David joined Bangarra Dance Theatre
in 1996 and performed in the company
The Dreaming and the collaborative
Rites, made in 1997 by Stephen
Page for Bangarra and the Australian
Ballet. In 1998 David choreographed a
Dance Clan, a Bangarra Dance
Theatre production that showcased the
works of emerging Indigenous choreographers.
David currently is a freelance artist.
In that capacity he has worked with a
range of artists and companies. They
include the Australian Ballet with whom
David appeared as a guest artist in
Spartacus in 2002. In addition
David has freelanced in choreographic
works by Stephen Page, Kim Walker, Bill
Pengelly, Raymond Blanco, Virginia Ferris,
Jason Pitt, Vivienne Rogis and Elizabeth
Dalman - performing in a number of works
with her Mirramu Dance Company. He has
also continued to choreograph. In 2002
he performed in his own work
Giz, and in 2006 travelled
to Canada to choreograph for the Canadian
Indigenous dance company Red Sky Performance.