Frances Rings

FRANCES RINGS

Choreographer

FRANCES RINGS is Adelaide-born and a descendant of the Kokatha Tribe and is also of German descent. Frances joined Bangarra Dance Theatre in 1993 after graduating from NAISDA Dance College. In 1995 Frances studied at New York’s Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre, focusing on Martha Graham and Lester Horton techniques. Fran’s film and television credits include starring in the doc drama The Widower, which premiered at the Brisbane Film Festival (2004and presenting television shows ICAM (SBS Indigenous Current Affairs and Media program) and ABC’s Sunday Afternoon Arts Program. Most recently Frances presented ABC’s Dance 4 Film, collaboration with Channel 4 in the UK. Her career highlights include: performing at BAM as part of the Next Wave Down Under in the Festival of New York; performing Corroboree in 2001 at the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C; interviewing Gerry Adams (leader of Sinn Fein) for ICAM; and presenting live-to-air coverage of the Corroboree Walk across the Harbour Bridge for SBS. 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 4 works for the company; Bush (co-choreography), Unaipon, and X300. In 2004 Bulletin Magazine named Frances in their Smart 100, following the world premiere of her work Unaipon at The Adelaide Festival of the Arts. That year she also performed with Australia’s premiere physical theatre company Legs on the Wall in Eora Crossing, directed by Wesley Enoch for the for Sydney Festival. Frances was invited to India to lead choreographic workshops at the World Dance Alliance conference in Kolkata. In 2005, Frances left Bangarra to pursue a freelance career. She was guest artist in the production of Petroglyphs, a new work by Leigh Warren and Gina Rings, which went on to win an IAF Innovation Award at the South Australian Critics Circle Awards. In 2007 Frances choreographed Debris a new work for the West Australian Ballet’s Quarry season. In early 2008 Frances along with Narelle Benjamin choreographed a double bill called INTO, for the Sydney Festival’s About an Hour program. Invited as a guest choreographer alongside Neil Ieremia from Black Grace Frances attended the 2009 International Indigenous Choreographers Residency and Summit held at the Banff Centre in Canada. Later in the year Frances was commissioned to choreograph in a double bill for Tasdance called Identity. In 2010 Frances returns to Bangarra to take up the position of Resident Choreographer for the company and present a new work titled Artefact as part of a double bill called Of Earth and Sky with Daniel Riley Mckinley. Her awards include: Best New Australian Work at the 2003 Helpmann Awards for Walkabout; the 2003 Deadly Award for Female Dancer of the Year; and the 2004 Ausdance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for Unaipon.

Her awards include: Best New Australian Work at the 2003 Helpmann Awards for Walkabout; the 2003 Deadly Award for Female Dancer of the Year; and the 2004 Ausdance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for Unaipon.