Bernadette Walong


Bernadette Walong

Bernadette is an independent choreographer-performer and educator based in Sydney, working within dance, theatre, education, advertising and film. She lectured in performance at the University of Western Sydney for 8 years (1999-2007). A graduate of NAISDA Dance College, she danced with Dance North, Meryl Tankard, Australian Dance Theatre, and is a former assistant artistic director, choreographer and dancer with Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Her most recent work, Ground Up! (2008) premiered at the Carriage Works in Sydney and was co-presented with Performance Space. Bernadette was awarded an Arts NSW Women and Arts Fellowship which enabled her to undertake an 18 month international research program into indigenous dance forms of the Pacific, West Africa and South India, and exploration of multimedia and its intersect with choreography – film (USA), photography (Italy) and architecture (Germany).

She has featured in short experimental dance films as a choreographer/performer: River Woman, an Atom Award winner (Best Experimental) with Michelle Mahrer and ABC TV, 2005, No Surrender by the Physical TV Company (ABC TV 2002) which won an Atom Award for Best Experimental, screening in Slovenia, Italy, Manchester, China, New Zealand and the USA, Moving with the Dreaming by Nadine Patterson of Hip Cinema (1997, Philadelphia, USA) which screened in Chicago, the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, Harlem Film Festival, and won a National Black Programming Consortium's Prized Pieces Award.

Bernadette has created works for Snuff Puppets, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Australian Dance Theatre, Australian Ballet, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australian Youth Orchestra, Dance North, the Cuban Combinatorial Danza Company, Oceania Dance Theatre, Taiwan Institute of the Arts and Hanoi National Dance. She has been choreographer-in-residence nationally and in Scotland, Cuba, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, India, New Caledonia, Fiji & Samoa. She has also created numerous short works for the Sydney and national independent scene, for commercial, corporate and tertiary institutions including NAISDA and the UWS.

She has judged the NSW State and Australian National Finals of the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge for high schools. She has performed in remote, regional, and capital Australia and in China, Vietnam, Japan, India, the Pacific, Germany, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Israel. Bernadette has enormous experience in inter-cultural relations, she has worked in dance and education with people from diverse cultural, economic and social backgrounds (ESB and NESB), professional and amateur dancers, actors, students, disabled and the general community (children through to the elderly).

Bernadette co-choreographed Reconcile with Nikki Smith and Emma Porteus for Tasdance's 2009 education project.