Trauma and Grace (Portrait of Vito Bernasconi after injury)
About the artist
About the sitter
Vito Bernasconi is a soloist with Queensland Ballet and a talented choreographer. Originally from Sydney and trained at the Australian Ballet School, he and Scott Breton joined forces on collaborative compositions in 2018. Their collaborations changed direction when in early 2019, Vito suffered a severe shoulder injury in a car accident. “To learn of this happening to him was horrifying to me,” says Scott, “particularly because as a dancer his body is his creative instrument. I began to work on studies of him shortly after he left hospital, not sure what frame of mind I would find him in, but I was moved by the graceful acceptance he showed, and the workmanlike attitude he brought to his commitment to recovery.” Vito is fully recovered and dancing once more with the Queensland Ballet.