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Bernhard Knauer

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Born in Germany, Bernhard Knauer attended the Palucca School in Dresden before completing his dance training at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague. While there, he danced in works such as Indigo Rose by Jiri Kylian, Hammer by Jorma Elo, and other works by choreographers Nils Christe, Armando Navarro and Keith-Derrick Randolph. In 2005 Bernhard was invited to join the ballet of Theater Görlitz in Germany under the direction of Franz Huyer. He then performed in Innsbruck, Austria with the State Theatre of Tyrol dancing numerous soloist roles including Siegfried in Birgit Scherzer’s Swan Lake and the title role in Brel- le Grande Jacques. Bernhard joined the Dutch National Ballet for the 2008 season of Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling’s Nutcracker and Mouse King. His next performance was in Yuri Zhukov’s Pioneer Plaques 2009 and Hlín Diego Hjálmarsdóttir’s Caught In The Square as part of Zhukov Dance Theatre’s 2009 season in San Francisco.

Bernhard joined Sydney Dance Company in January 2010 and has performed in Rafael Bonachela’s 6 Breaths (2010-2011); We Unfold (2010-2011); LANDforms (2011); The Land of Yes & The Land of No (2011); 2 One Another (2012-2013); Project Rameau (2012-2013); the acclaimed season of De Novo (2013), featuring works by Rafael Bonachela (Emergence), Larissa McGowan (Fanatic) and Alexander Ekman (Cacti) and Les Illuminations (2013). He has also performed in Emanuel Gat’s Satisfying Musical Moments (2010); Jacopo Godani’s Raw Models (2011); and Lisa Wilson’s Desire and Larissa McGowan’s Fanatic as part of Contemporary Women in the Spring Dance Festival 2012. In November/December 2011, Bernhard was part of the highly acclaimed tour of Between Breath & Form to New York, Barcelona and London.

Bernhard was a part of the collaboration with Kaldor Public Art Projects for the contemporary art exhibition 13 Rooms where Sydney Dance Company featured in Allora and Calzadilla’s Revolving Door.

In 2013, Bernhard was part of the acclaimed 2 One Another international tour to North America, South America and Russia. This work won the ‘Best Ensemble’ Award in the 2012 Green Room Awards and the 2013 Australian Dance Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Choreography’ and ‘Outstanding Performance by a Company’.

In 2014, Bernhard will be part of the triple bill Interplay, featuring choreography by Rafael Bonachela, Jacopo Godani and Gideon Obarzanek. Interplay will premiere at Sydney Theatre (15 March – 5 April) followed by Canberra Theatre Centre (10-12 April) and Southbank Theatre, Melbourne (30 April – 10 May).