Melanie is a choreographer and performer based between Berlin and Melbourne. As a performer she has worked with various companies and artists such as Kobalt Works | Arco Renz (B), Club Guy and Roni (N), Tino Seghal (G), Antony Hamilton (AUS) and Chunky Move (Aus), performing world wide.
Since 2007, Melanie is artistic collaborator to Belgian dance company Kobalt Works | Arco Renz, collaborating on projects in Norway, Germany, Belgium and Indonesia.
As a choreographer, Melanie has established a repertory of works performing in international festivals and theatres such as Tanz im August, Uzes Danse Festival, Arts House Melbourne, Sydney Opera House, O Espaco do Tempo, Festival Antigel, Dance Massive, Carriageworks, Chunky Move and HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin among others. She has been artist in residence at Dock 11 Berlin, Tanzwerkstatt Berlin, Lucy Guerin Studios, Arts House Melbourne and Schauspielhaus Leipzig. In 2012 she was invited to direct and choreograph the performance ‘Zeitsprung’ for Stadttheater Bielefeld – a community dance project for fifty-two non-dancers between the ages 12-75.
Melanie choreographed the 2014/15 and 2017 live shows for UK electronic musician Clark (Warp records), performing internationally including – Field Day London, Moma PS1 New York and Villette Sonique Paris.
Her collaborative work extends to artists such as musician CLARK, choreographer Morgan Belenguer, film maker Amos Gebhardt and visual artists Martin Boettger, Ash Keating and Bridie Lunney.
In Australia, Melanie joined Antony Hamilton for his projects – Drift (2011), Black Project 1(2012), Ruth(2015), Number of the Machine (2017) and NGV Accumulation (2018). In 2015 she was appointed resident director at Lucy Guerin Inc. in Melbourne and performed in Lucy Guerin’s ‘Split’ for which she was nominated ‘Outstanding female dancer’ for both Helpmann and Green Room Awards.
In 2016 Melanie was commissioned by Chunky Move to create a new work ‘Re-make’, and in 2017 she was commissioned by Sydney Dance Company to create ‘Woof’ as part of the New Breed program.
Her work ‘Personal Effigies’ was the recipient of the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award, and her work ‘Wonderwomen’ received the 2017 Leipziger Bewegungskunstpreis.
In 2018, Melanie is developing a new research and development in collaboration with local performing artists in Indonesia.
Melanie continues to develop her work as well as offering professional training and workshops locally and abroad. She has been a guest teacher for companies such as Carte Blanche Norway, Sasha Waltz and Guests, Chunky Move, Skanes Dansteater.