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Frances Rings

Dance Artist

  • South Australia, Germany

In 2002, Frances made her main stage choreographic debut for Bangarra to outstanding critical acclaim with the Rations. Frances has gone on to create many more works for the company, including her latest, Sheoak, which won Best New Dance Work and Best Choreography in a Dance Work at the 2016 Helpmann awards. In 2019, Frances returned to Bangarra in the position of Associate Artistic Director.

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Heritage

Frances is a descendant of the Kokatha Tribe from the West Coast of South Australia. She also has German heritage.

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Bio

Frances is of Kokatha heritage and also of German descent. In 2002, Frances made her main stage choreographic debut for Bangarra to outstanding critical acclaim with the Rations bill of Walkabout. Frances has followed this by creating six works for the company; Bush (co-choreography), Unaipon, X300, Artefact, Terrain and Sheoak.

Frances has choreographed and danced in works for many of Australia’s leading dance companies and choreographers including: West Australian Ballet, Tasdance, Leigh Warren & Dancers, Meryl Tankard and Legs on the Wall. Internationally Frances has established important intercultural, creative relationships with First Nations artists most notably, Kahawi Dance Theatre (Canada) and Atamira Dance Company (NZ).

From 2016 —2018 Frances was appointed Head of Creative Studies at NAISDA Dance College. Recently Frances’s work Terrain has been selected on the 2019 —2021 Higher School Certificate Dance Syllabus.

In 2019, Frances returned to Bangarra in the position of Associate Artistic Director. Frances has been the recipient of many awards, the most recent include: Helpmann Awards for Best New Australian Dance Work and Best Regional Show, for Terrain; and for Sheoak, Best New Dance Work and Best Choreography in a Dance Work at the 2016 Helpmann Awards.

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Awards

  • 2003
    Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work, Walkabout
  • 2003
    Deadly Award for Female Dancer of the Year
  • 2004
    Ausdance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, Unaipon
  • 2010
    Helpmann Award for Best Regional Show, True Stories (X300)
  • 2013
    Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Dance Work, TERRAIN
  • 2011
    Betty Pounder Green Room Award for Choreography, Artefact
  • 2016
    Helpmann Award for Best Choreography in a Dance Work or Physical Theatre Work, Sheoak
  • 2013
    Nominated – Green Room Award for Betty Pounder Award for Choreography, Terrain
  • 2013
    Nominated – Helpmann Award for Best Choreography Dance or Physical Theatre Work, Terrain
  • 2013
    Nominated – AusDance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, Terrain