Bernadette has over 30 years experience as a performer, choreographer, educator & consultant in remote, regional and capital Australia, Europe, UK, Israel, USA, South America, Asia, the Pacific & West Africa. Beyond dance she’s worked in theatre, education, commercials and film, and lectured in Performance at the UWS (University of Western Sydney) for 9 years (1999-2007).
A graduate of NAISDA Dance College, she danced with Dance North, Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre and was a former assistant artistic director, choreographer, and dancer with Bangarra Dance Theatre where she co-created the highly acclaimed seminal work Ochres (1994/5).
She’s made works for major companies including the Australian Ballet, Australian Dance Theatre, Dance North, Snuff Puppets Co and the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, and is a founding choreographer and former assistant director of the acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre where she co-created the seminal work, Ochres creating a milestone in Australian Dance. With an eclectic background that’s taken her around the world from Asia-Pacific, India, to West-Africa, the EU, USA, Israel and Cuba, and as one of Australia’s outstanding performers and creatives, her choreography has won her many awards.
Bernadette completed an 18-month international research program with an Arts NSW Women & Arts Fellowship for her contribution to Australian Dance. It entailed ongoing research into [world] indigenous dance forms of the Pacific, (Fiji & Samoa) West Africa (Senegal) and south India (Kerala); and exploring multimedia and its intersect with choreography – Film (Philadelphia, USA), Photography (Palermo, Sicily) and Architecture (Hamburg, Germany).
Bernadette has created works for the Indonesian Physical Theatre Co, Teater Kita Makassar & Australian Performance Exchange, the Snuff Puppets CO, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Australian Dance Theatre, Australian Ballet, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Oceania Dance Theatre, Australian Youth Orchestra, Dance North, the Cuban Combinatorial Danza CO, Taiwan Institute of the Arts and the Hanoi National Dance. She’s featured in short experimental dance films as a choreographer/performer including ATOM award winners for Best Experimental; River Woman (Michelle Mahrer & ABC TV, 2006) and No Surrender (Physical TV CO& ABCTV, 2002) with screenings in Slovenia, Italy, UK, Europe, China,New Zealand and USA.
She was choreographer, performer & artistic consultant in Moving with the Dreaming by Nadine Patterson of HIP Cinema (1997, Philadelphia, USA) which screened in Chicago, the Philadelphia Fest of World Cinema, Harlem Film Fest,& Burkina Faso Film Fest (W. Africa), and won a National Black Programming Consortium's Prized Pieces Award. Bernadette has been choreographer in-residence nationally, and in Senegal, Scotland, Cuba, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, India, New Caledonia, Fiji & Samoa. She’s performed throughout remote, regional and capital Australia and in China, Vietnam, Japan, India, The Pacific, Germany, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Israel. She has danced/collaborated in works by Meryl Tankard, Cheryl Stock, Graeme Watson, Nanette Hassell, Leigh Warren, Richard Allen & Karen Pearlman, Sue Healey, Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman, Julie-Anne Long, Tess De Quincey, Stephanie Burridge, Stephen Page, Garry Stewart, Csaba Buday and Jane Pirani.
In 2008 Bernadette premiered her work Ground Up! in Sydney at Carriage Works. In 2011, her path led her to form a new company/think-tank, BWSENE !NMOTION AUSTRALIA established to foster innovation and rigour in experimental world indigenous dance, choreography, performance research and mentoring.