Melanie is a choreographer and performer, graduating from WAAPA in 1999. Based in Europe from 2000–2014, Melanie worked with artists such as Arco Renz | Kobalt Works, Club Guy and Roni, and Tino Seghal a.o, performing internationally. Since 2007, Melanie is artistic collaborator to Belgian dance company Kobalt Works | Arco Renz collaborating on projects in Belgium, Norway, Germany and Indonesia.
In 2015, Melanie was appointed resident director at Lucy Guerin Inc., presented her work “Merge’ at Dance Massive and took part in the Melbourne/Taipei Exchange culminating in a new solo work presented at the Taipei Arts Festival.
Melanie has developed an artistic practice that begun as an investigation of the relationship between body and object and 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 and HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin among others. She has been artist in residence at Dock 11 Berlin, Tanzwerkstatt Berlin, Lucy Guerin Studios, Ausdance NSW and Schauspielhaus Leipzig.
Her collaborative work extends to artists such as musician Clark, choreographer Morgan Belenguer, and visual artists Martin Boettger, Ash Keating and Bridie Lunney. Melanie choreographed two works for the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts 2009 and 2011. She joined Antony Hamilton Projects for his works – Drift (2011), Black Project 1(2012) and Ruth(2015). She was invited to direct and choreograph the performance ‘Zeitsprung’ for Stadttheater Bielefeld, Germany – a community dance project for fifty-two performers between the ages of 12-72. Melanie was invited to partake in Monsoon 2013, in co-operation with Bozar Arts Centre in Brussels – an exchange bringing together four Indian artists with four European artists. In 2014 Melanie was commissioned to create a new full-length work ‘Spacekraft’ at Schauspiel Leipzig. Melanie choreographed the 2014/15 live show for UK electronic musician Clark, performing at Field Day London, Moma PS1 New York and Villette Sonique Paris a.o. Melanie is a guest teacher for companies throughout Europe and Australia.