Karen Bernard is a visual artist, choreographer, and performance artist who has been an integral part of the New York Downtown art scene for over thirty years. Following studies at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and London School of Contemporary Dance, she produced several full-length concerts of her work between 1986-98 at Dia Center for Arts. Karen Bernard/Solo has been presented by The Kitchen, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dance Theater Workshop, “Fresh Tracks”, Danspace, Dixon Place, Here Arts Center; Symphony Space, Judson Church, Performance Space 122, PS1 Contemporary Arts Center, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), and Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. She has performed, taught and lectured in Canada, United States and abroad in Vienna, Montreal, Toronto, Newfoundland, Quebec City, Amsterdam, and Berlin.
Bernard conducted a one-day residency, in which she taught a workshop on creating solos using video, and later performed her latest solo Ouette. Following the performance was a talkback session with the artist and audience. Ouette is loosely based on François Ozon’s movie Swimming Pool. Bernard’s character parallels the story’s protagonist, an elderly English novelist, who becomes involved in a dangerous sexual fantasy that is part her fiction and part her desire. Bernard uses a laptop and projector to create different spaces evoking the imagined and real experiences.