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Bangarra Dance Theatre has announced the appointment of Kokatha woman Frances Rings as the company’s incoming Artistic Director. Rings will take on the role following the announcement that long-standing Artistic Director Stephen Page will step down as Bangarra Artistic Director in early 2023.

‘Whilst this marks the end of an era,’ said Bangarra Dance Theatre Chair Phillipa McDermott, ‘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.’

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts