Melanie Maar is a New York based dance artist from Vienna Austria. Her work grows out of improvising and exploring intimacy between movement and sound, energy and material, animalism and humanism, feminism and objectism, the personal and the communal, resonance and struggle within changing contexts.
Maar was awarded the 2015 Grant to Artists of The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, has been a Movement Research Artist in Residence and a Kitchen Works in Process artist. Her choreographies have been commissioned by venues like Danspace Project, Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop, as well as Laboratory Arte Alameda Mexico, Impuls Tanz, Vienna and Tanzfabrik Berlin.
She is collaborating with sound artists Christian Schröder, Kenta Nagai, the performance collective Masters of Ceremony and within composer Anthony Braxton’s Pine Top Aerial Project. She co-curated the 2013 Moving Sounds Festival for The Austrian Cultural Forum NY and the Movement Research Festival 2010. In New York Maar has performed for and studied with artists like luciana achugar, RoseAnne Spradlin, Janet Panetta, Daria Fain, Walter Dundervill and Luis Lara Malvacias. She is faculty at Movement Research and teaches and mentors internationally, recently at Laboratorio Somático Escénico Mexico, The Danish National Dance School, Pieter L.A., and Tanzhotel Vienna.
Improvisation in Art and Physical Practice