In her work Melanie engages with the relationship between performance and sensual experiencing. Through meditative movements and simple exercises for the senses in this class we seek to feel ourselves, feel the other in and around us in open air – where a breeze, a sound, a look can turn on our senses and expressions. In stillness and motion, we connect to our private and public selves with an audience of trees and onlookers. How to transgress invisible boundaries with respect for ourselves and each other?
This class was co-developed with Edie Nightcrawler.
It's recommended to bring a shirt with long sleeves and long trousers, especially on the second date at Papstwiese.
ARTISTBIO: Melanie Maar
Melanie Maar works as a scenographer, dancer, teacher and performer. She was raised in Vienna and is based in New York City. A type of Mistress of Ceremony approach allows her to sense for relationships in structure and meaning, guiding groups or collaborating with artists from different fields. She engages with intimacies between sensualness and verbalness, movement and sound, animalism and humanism, femaleism and objectism, arting and living. Her two year residency project Line Death Dance is currently presented by The Chocolate Factory Theater New York, includes collaborations with audio and visual artists Kenta Nagai, Christian Schroeder, Anaïs Maviel, Lindsay Packer and the performance collective Masters of Ceremony. Line Death Dance the Book will be published with 53rd State Press is in the works.
Melanie was awarded the 2015 Grant to Artists from The New York Foundation for Contemporary Arts and is on the Movement Research Artist Advisory Council. She continuously works with the visual art and writing platform ENTKUNSTUNG. Her work has been presented in New York City, Vienna, Mexico City, Tokyo and Berlin. Working with senior citizens of the Bronx and teaching workshops for dance artists, at Tanzquartier Wien, Pieter L.A., at The New School/Lang College NY and elsewhere, have informed the -process as guide- series she created in 2017. An ongoing study group model for performance makers, recently curated by Janet Panetta’s International Dance Dialogues. Melanie has performed Edie Nightcrawler's repertoire piece Human Disco Ball as Die Leopoldine and has performed for and learned with dance artists luciana achugar, RoseAnne Spradlin, Daria Fain, Walter Dundervill, Luis Lara Malvacias and her mother Gertaud Maar.
Last update: 03.07.2020