Frances is a cross-disciplinary artist, performer, writer, & designer, coming from dance and choreography.
She was born and grew up first in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on land of the Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Métis, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. The child of a Pakeha mother from Wellington, Aotearoa, and a Muslim Turkish-Afrikaner father from Johannesburg, South Africa, she then lived in Aotearoa, in Wellington, the iwi of Te Āti Awa, and Auckland, the iwi of Ngāti Whātua. She moved to Australia, training at Victoria College of the Arts in Naarm (Melbourne) on Wurundjeri land of the Kulin nations. She lives in Berlin, Germany.
She works across dance, theatre, installation and performance, photography, film, text, and digital art. Identity (self, personal, collective, historical) forms a primary background to her work, as does training, physical labour, endurance, suffering, and discipline, in particular ballet, cyclocross, and rock climbing.
When not working in theatre, Frances studies mediæval Germanic art, Chinese history, Islamicate Studies, Human Rights, with an emphasis on women’s, feminine, and trans people’s roles, selfhood, and representation.
Frances has made the performances monadologie, hell, temperance, and extermination in Melbourne, all the people i can remember sleeping with…, pestilence, and crush in Adelaide, apocalypse prd, bitches, and carnivore in Guangzhou, China and other works for stage and film in Australia, Taiwan, and Europe. Frances has had residencies and commissions at ADT Australian Dance Theatre, ANAT AIR Residency at the Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics, Guangdong Modern Dance Company on an Asialink Performing Arts Residency, Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan, and Park19 Artists Studios in Guangzhou; ROSAS/PARTS, and Bains Connective in Brussels. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts School of Dance in 2001, was a DanceWEB Scholarship recipient to ImPulsTanz in Vienna in 2003 and a choreographer at SiWiC – Swiss International Choreographic Workshop in Zürich in 2005, directed by DV8 founder Nigel Charnock.
She has performed in the work of Dasniya Sommer, and Virgina Barratt in Berlin, Roméo Castellucci in Brussels and Bolognia, Hans Van den Broeck in Vienna, Daniel Jaber, ADT Australian Dance Theatre, and Gala Moody in Australia, Cie. Denise Lampart in Zürich, Ivo Dimchev in Vienna, and Long Yunna in Guangzhou. Frances has received funding from Arts Victoria, Arts SA, Australia-China Council, Asialink, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Besen Family Foundation, ANAT, and Australia Council. From 2009, she branched out from theatre to work in code and design, and photography / film.
Frances also works as artistic and rehearsal assistant, dramaturg, and provides conceptual advice and production management. Currently for Onyx Carmine / S.J Norman for Rest Area, Stone Tape Theory, and Take This, For It Is My Body; and for Cie.OFEN. Recently for Melanie Lane’s WonderWomen, and Isabelle Schad for Fugen, also her previous works, An Unfolding Process, and Der Bau; for Ivo Dimchev’s Fest at ImPulsTanz 2013, Vienna; many works and projects with Dasniya Sommer, and others.