Bettina is originally from Bern, Switzerland and came to the UK to train at London School of Contemporary Dance. Since graduating, she has worked with various choreographers and companies and joined Candoco Dance Company in 2003.
Whilst being a member of the company, Bettina had the pleasure to create and perform works by Stephen Petronio, Nigel Charnock, Arthur Pita, Rafael Bonachela, Wendy Houston, Sarah Michelson, Fin Walker, Athina Valha, Hofesh Shechter and Protein Dance amongst others. As part of Candoco Dance Company, she toured, performed and taught extensively around the UK and internationally, She also danced at the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympics closing ceremonies.
Since leaving the company in 2011, Bettina has been developing strong links with choreographers Arthur Pita, Marc Brew and Annie Lok. She has been dancing, assisting and rehearsal directing in several of their productions, most notably the ROH production of ‘Metamorphosis’ based on the novel by Kafka, choreographed by Arthur Pita. This production subsequently won an Olivier and South Bank Award as well as winning the National Dance Circle award in 2011 for best new dance production. Metamorphosis has since been filmed for Sky Arts and in 2013 was restaged for another run at the Linbury (ROH) and the Joyce Theatre in New York.
Her own work, ‘Auf den Kopf gestellt’ (2014) and ‘Amazonia & Achillea’ (2015) has been performed at the University of Chester and been selected for ‘Infesting the City’ in South Africa 2016.
A current research project, in collaboration with the composer Gary Lloyd, is to adapt the comic book ‘Dotter of her Father’s Eyes’ by Mary & Brian Talbot into a dance theatre piece with live music. So far Gary and Bettina have presented a short extract of the work at the 2015 Huddersfield Literature Festival.
Bettina teaches workshops, master classes as well as regular dance classes for various institutions such as the Royal Academy of Dance, The Place, Laban, Greenwich Dance Agency, Independent Dance, Company Beweggrund in Switzerland, Candoco and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Companies, LIPA and she is currently a guest lecturer at the University of Chester and Edge Hill University.
Bettina is currently finishing off an MA course in Dance at the University of Chester which was made possible with the generous help of the Dancers Career Development Fund.