Melanie acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners and Elders, both past and present, of the lands and waters on which she lives and works.
Melanie is an Australian/Javanese choreographer and performer. 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 Lucy Guerin (AUS), performing world wide.
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.
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, Sonar Festivals Barcelona/Istanbul and Villette Sonique Paris.
Her collaborative work extends to artists such as musician CLARK, choreographer Morgan Belenguer, video artist 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), NGV Accumulation (2018) and Token Armies (2019). 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, now touring in their 50th Anniversary Season One program and nominated for multiple Green Room Awards. Melanie was choreographer for the English National Opera’s 2018 production of ‘Salome’ directed by Adena Jacobs.
Her work ‘Personal Effigies’ was the recipient of the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award, and her work ‘Wonderwomen’ received the 2017 Leipziger Bewegungskunstpreis.
From 2018, Melanie has been developing a research for a new work in collaboration with local performing artists in Indonesia. In 2020 Melanie is commissioned by Australasian Dance Collective and Norwegian dance company Nagelhus Schia Productions to create new works.
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 throughout Europe and Australia.