Narelle Benjamin is a Sydney-based Artist, who has danced and choreographed with many companies and independent Artists over the years including Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australian Dance Theatre, Chunky Move, One Extra Dance Theatre, Chrissie Parrot Dance Collective, Douglas Wright, Meryl Tankard, Wendy Houstoun, Julie-Anne Long, Sue Healey, Dean Walsh, Tess de Quincy amongst others.
Narelle won The Age Performing Arts Award for Best Performer, and has been nominated for Green Room Awards, a Mo Award and Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performer of the Year.
Narelle has worked on several films as a Performer, Choreographer and Director. In 2007, she choreographed two films with Sydney Dance Company made possible through receiving the Hepzibah Tintner Fellowship. Her films have won awards both in Australia as well as overseas, including Best Short Film at the Sydney Film Festival and the Australian Dance Award for Cordelia Beresford’s film Restoration, which Narelle choreographed and performed in. The Shape of Water received the Australian ReelDance Award in 2008 and I Dream Of Augustine with director Cordelia Beresford received the Australian Dance Award.
In 2010 Narelle premiered In Glass, her first full-length work which was awarded the 2011 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance, with Kristina Chan and Paul White receiving Helpmann Awards for their performances. Narelle's choreographic highlights included Inside Out (One Extra Company), Gossamer (Sydney Dance Company), The Dark Room (The Australian Ballet), Figment (with Kate Dunn), and Lulie the Iceberg (Theatre of Image). Narelle was the recipient of the Australia Council Dance Fellowship for 2014-15.
Narelle has also taught dance and yoga to many leading Australian dance companies throughout her career.