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).
Since 2007, Melanie is artistic collaborator to Belgian dance company Kobalt Works | Arco Renz. She has collaborated both as a performer and as a co-director working on projects in Norway, Germany, Belgium and Indonesia.
As a freelance performer, Melanie has been fortunate to travel extensively world wide. In 2015, Melanie was appointed resident director at Lucy Guerin Inc. Melanie performed in ‘Split’ from Lucy Guerin Inc. for which she was nominated for Helpmann Award and Green Room Awards.
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, Spring Dance Festival, 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.
Her collaborative work extends to artists such as musician CLARK (Warp records), choreographer Morgan Belenguer, film maker Amos Gebhardt and visual artists Martin Boettger, Ash Keating and Bridie Lunney.
In 2010, Melanie was selected as one of eight emerging choreographers to create a new work as part of the LOOPING project – a co-operation between Tanzwerkstatt, O Espaco do Tempo and Uzes Danse CDC, funded by the Culture programme of the European Union. Melanie created the solo work ‘Tilted Fawn’ which toured Europe and Australia, winning the Perth Fringe Award for “Best Dance”.
Melanie has choreographed new works for the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2009 and 2011.
She joined Antony Hamilton for his residency at Radial System Berlin, joining his projects in Australia – Drift (2011), Black Project 1(2012), Ruth(2015), Number of the Machine (2017) and NGV Accumulation (2018).
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.
In 2013, the Berlin theatre HAU selected Melanie as one of 10 emerging choreographers to create a new work based on ‘Sacre du Printemps’ before a jury. Melanie won the decision of the jury and was offered a co-production of a new work ‘Wonderwomen’, realised in 2016. ‘Wonderwomen’ received the 2018 Leipziger Bewegungskunstpreis.
Melanie was invited to partake in the festival Monsoon 2013, in co-operation with Bozar Arts Centre in Brussels. Monsoon brought together four Indian artists with four European artists to undertake a ‘blind date’ collaboration over two weeks, culminating in a public presentation.
In 2014 Melanie was selected amongst celebrated international artists Gobsquad, Contanza Macras, Monster Truck and Machina Ex to undertake a residency and create a new full-length work at Schauspiel Leipzig. Melanie created ‘Spacekraft’ a work collaborating with visual artist Martin Boettger and musician Clark.
In 2015, Melanie to presented her new work ‘Merge’ at Dance Massive 2015. She is also invited to take part in the Taipei/Melbourne Exchange project, to present a solo at the Taipei Arts Festival 2015.
Melanie choreographed the 2014/15 and 2017 live shows for UK electronic musician Clark, performing internationally including – Field Day London, Moma PS1 New York and Villette Sonique Paris a.o.
In 2016 Melanie was commissioned by Chunky Move to create a new work ‘Re-make’ presented as part of the Next Move program. In 2017 she was commissioned by Sydney Dance Company to create ‘Woof’ as part of the New Breed program.
In 2018, Melanie is developing a new research and development in collaboration with local performing artists in Indonesia.
Her work ‘Personal Effigies’ was the recipient of the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award.
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 a.o.