Karen Bernard

Photo by Ella Veres

Karen Bernard is a solo performance artist. She began studying dance at age three with her father, Steven Bernard, a company member with 20th century pioneer, Charles Weidman. She grew up in a household which incorporated her father’s dance school, with students crossing through the family space, so performance art has been deeply engrained throughout her life. As an artist and the Founder and Director of New Dance Alliance (NDA), she performs, teaches, lectures and serves on advisory panels across the U.S., Canada and Europe. This cross-pollination strengthens an ongoing social dialogue among international artists, one that exemplifies her lifelong commitment to performance. That commitment is fully brought to life in NDA’s justly-renowned Performance Mix Festival, now in its 28th year.

Bernard’s solo work has been presented at Performance Space 122, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Movement Research at Judson Church, Dixon Place and HERE Arts Center, and DIA Center for the Arts (now Joyce SoHo) in New York City, as well as several festivals including Festival of New Dance,  St. John’s Newfoundland) Rhubarb Festival and Hysteria in Toronto and Women in Transition in Vienna.  Her work has been awarded grants from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Experimental Television Center, and Meet the Composer.  She is a Bogliasco Fellow and facilitates Fieldwork, creative process feedback sessions for The Field.