Bangarra’s Associate Artistic Director Frances Rings 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. She 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, she has established important intercultural, creative relationships with First Nations artists most notably, Kahawi Dance Theatre (Canada) and Atamira Dance Company (NZ).
From 2016 to 2018 Frances Rings was appointed Head of Creative Studies at NAISDA Dance College.
Recently, her 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.