Bradley Chatfield was born in Mordialloc,
Victoria. He began training in jazz,
ballet and tap under Vivienne Dunn, and
in 1988 was accepted into the Australian
Ballet School. After graduating in 1990
he joined the Hong Kong Ballet where
he performed lead roles in
Spectre de la Rose,
Troy Games and
Tales of Hoffmann.
Chatfield joined Sydney Dance Company
in 1991, remaining with this company
until 2009 and performing the full company
repertoire to great acclaim. During this
time, the solo piece
THWACK! was created on him
for the company by Garry Stewart in 1996.
He toured extensively with Sydney Dance
Company, both in Australia and internationally,
including tours to the United States,
Europe, China, Japan, Singapore, New
Zealand and South America. In 2008 he
was appointed to the role of deputy dance
director and in 2009 became dance director
for the company. His final appearance
with Sydney Dance Company was in September
2009 as Sid, the role created on him
by Aszure Barton in her 2008 commissioned
Sid's Waltzing Masquerade.
Beyond his work with Sydney Dance Company
Chatfield's performance highlights include
starring as Mr Mistoffelees in Really
Useful Group and Seoul & Co touring
Cats in South Korea 2003/04
and performing in Worldwide Tour Company's
Aida. Other credits include
reproducing Graeme Murphy's
Sequenza VII for the New
Zealand School of Dance and, in conjunction
with Brett Morgan, reproducing Graeme
Free Radicals for the Hong
Academy of Performing Arts 2010 graduation.
Chatfield was the recipient of best
male dancer awards at the Green Room
Awards 2003, Australian Dance Awards
2003 and Mo Awards 2004.
In 2010 he was appointed rehearsal
director for Dance North.