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MELANIE IS A FREELANCE DANCER WORKING ACROSS THE UK THROUGH PERFORMANCE, CHOREOGRAPHY AND IMPROVISATION.

 

PREDOMINANTLY, MELANIE WORKS ON FILM BASED PROJECTS – SUCH AS MUSIC VIDEOS, SHORT PERFORMANCE ART FILMS AND VIDEO GAMES. SHE HAS COLLABORATED AND WORKED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF ARTISTS SUCH AS: EMELI SANDE, BOSTON MANOR, MATTHIAS VON BRAUN, NOT GAMES LTD, CARLEEN ANDERSON AND THE VELVET HANDS.

SHE ALSO ENJOYS LIVE PERFORMANCE. EARLIER THIS YEAR, SHE DANCED FOR STREET THEATRE UK - A PERFORMANCE COMPANY BASED IN LONDON WHICH AIMS TO BRING DANCE AND THEATRE TO PEOPLE'S DOORSTEPS. PREVIOUS TO THIS, SHE WORKED AS A MEMBER OF THE URBAN PLAYGROUND TEAM'S EMERGENT ENSEMBLE - A PERFORMANCE-PARKOUR COMPANY COMPRISED OF EMERGING ARTISTS FROM CORNWALL.

IN 2020, SHE GRADUATED WITH A FIRST CLASS BA (HONS) DANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY DEGREE AT FALMOUTH UNIVERSITY WHERE SHE HAS IMMERSED HERSELF IN RIGOROUS TECHNICAL TRAINING (GRAHAM, LIMON, CUNNINGHAM, FLYING LOW, BALLET AND IMPROVISATION), PERFORMANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHIC PRACTICES, AND ACADEMIC RESEARCH.

FOLLOWING HER GRADUATION, SHE WAS ACCEPTED ON TO STUDIO WAYNE MCGREGOR’S ‘RESET 2020’ PROGRAMME. FROM SEPTEMBER TO PRESENT, MELANIE PARTICIPATED IN A SERIES OF WORKSHOPS LED BY COMPANY WAYNE MCGREGOR DANCERS INCLUDING: BALLET, CUNNINGHAM TECHNIQUE, MCGREGOR REPERTOIRE AND CHOREOGRAPHIC STRATEGIES, CAPOEIRA, YOGA AND VOGUING, AS WELL AS A SERIES OF TALKS SURROUNDING NUTRITION, FINANCE, PSYCHOLOGY AND INJURY PREVENTION.

 

MELANIE HAS ENJOYED MERGING HER DANCE AND THEATRICAL PRACTICES THROUGH PHYSICAL THEATRE. IN DECEMBER, SHE PARTICIPATED IN GECKO’S PROFESSIONAL RESIDENCY WHICH ALLOWED HER TO DEVELOP HER ARTISTIC DECISION MAKING, PERFORMANCE SKILLS AND CHOREOGRAPHIC TOOLKIT WHILST GAINING AN INSIGHT INTO GECKO’S WAY OF WORKING. SHE WAS ALSO INVITED TO SHADOW VOXED (FORMERLY WAYNE PARSONS DANCE) DURING THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THEIR UPCOMING PIECE ‘OUT LATE’. SHADOWING THE COMPANY PROVIDED HER WITH A STRONG INSIGHT INTO DEVISING DANCE THEATRE. SHE HAS LOVED ADOPTING APPROACHES BY GECKO AND VOXED TO CREATE AND PERFORM PHYSICAL THEATRE AND APPRECIATES THE CREATIVE POSSIBILITIES THAT CROSS-DISCIPLINARY PRACTICE PRESENTS.