Bangarra Dance Theatre is proud to announce the appointment of Kokatha woman, Frances Rings as the company’s incoming Artistic Director. Rings will take on the role as Stephen Page announces that he will step down as Bangarra Artistic Director in early 2023.
Announcing the appointment, Bangarra Dance Theatre Chair Phillipa McDermott said, “Whilst this marks the end of an era, Frances Rings is an incredible artist and the perfect choice to carry the extraordinary legacy of Stephen Page into Bangarra’s next cycle. We are thrilled to welcome such a major talent with a deep connection to Bangarra. Stephen is a national treasure and his legacy cannot be underestimated, he has done so much for this nation. On behalf of the board I thank him for his unfailing dedication to his people and his work in bringing cultures together through art, which will be honoured forever more.”
Page’s resignation marks the end of an incredible 32-year tenure as Bangarra’s Artistic Director. A descendant of the Nunukul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh Nation from SE Queensland, Page was appointed Artistic Director in 1991. Over this time, he has developed an unsurpassed signature body of works that have become milestones in Australian performing arts history, setting a benchmark for storytelling not only across Australia, but internationally, and firmly establishing Bangarra as a critical part of the Australian cultural ecosystem. Continue reading FRANCES RINGS APPOINTED ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE→
Bangarra Dance Theatre today announces the appointment of two new Dancers, who will join the company in 2022.
Janaya Lamb will join the ensemble of company dancers in 2022. Janaya is a proud young Wiradjuri woman, born on Bunjalung country. Raised in Tamworth on Gamileraay country, she also has connections to the Torres Strait in her ancestry. Lamb’s initial dance training was in hip hop, starting at the age of four. During school, she was part of the NSW Department of Education Aboriginal Dance Company.
NAISDA Dance College, Australia’s premier Indigenous dance college, is partnering with Carriageworks for a fifth consecutive year from Wednesday November 21 to Saturday November 24 to present STORYPLACE. NAISDA’s 2018 Sydney season honours Indigenous women and the ” female creative force inherent in our landscape, art and stories and alive within the spirit of our young women today.”
The Guide had a chance to speak with the director: NAISDA’s Head of Creative Studies, Frances Rings.
SAG: It’s such a pleasure to speak with you. I love the work of NAISDA and look forward to the showcase each year but some of our readers may not be aware. I wonder if we could start the beginning, if you could tell us a little bit about your wonderful college and the stunning work you do.
FRANCES: NAISDA is a training organisation, an RTO. We train Indigenous students in all areas of dancing and performing arts. There’s formal training in units such as ballet, contemporary, urban, tumbling and also we have other units such as critical and creative thinking, dance on film and theory based units such as composition. We also do cultural dance from the mainland and from the Torres Strait Islands.Continue reading NAISDA: STORYPLACE. AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR→
What a bumper way to start the first act of RESTORATION. After some very impressive warm ups in the large space, the dancers spread out around the stage, some at the barre in the centre of the arena. What hits the speakers? Big Spender from Sweet Charity and they look great! It will be a first act of surprises and a second act of certainty and culture.
NAISDA is a dance school providing world class expertise in cultural and creative training. The college is graduating elite dancers who have culture as a bedrock for their arts practice. The graduating artists whose work is showcased in RESTORATION are Lillian Banks, Shana O’Brien, Bradley Smith, Mendia Kermond and Jye Uren. Remember those names. These are the stars of the very, very near future.