Shifting sands: Shaping the future of Bangarra

As Stephen Page looks to a life beyond the company he has spent more than 30 years leading, Frances Rings dreams about what comes next.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that the following article contains the names of First Nations peoples who have died. Their families have granted permission to use them.

Tucked into an amber-hued corner booth of a buzzing Melbourne restaurant with Bangarra Dance Theatre’s outgoing Artistic Director, the big-hearted Stephen Page, and Frances Rings, the indomitable woman who will take up the mantle next year, one thing is abundantly clear.

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Stephen A Russell is a Melbourne-based arts writer. His writing regularly appears in Fairfax publications, SBS online, Flicks, Time Out, The Saturday Paper, The Big Issue and Metro magazine. You can hear him on Joy FM.