Melanie Maar AIR
Thursday, Sep 21 2017
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Residency for Line Death Dance.
LDD is a multi layered project working with several short form performances and communal listening sessions as tools to practice reflection.
About one’s perception, on how we relate, on the effect of the dominance of intellect and dualism in ourselves and in our culture. How can performative attentions guide us into liminal space where identity can be shed or embodied and uncertainty can dismantle authority into other supernatural possibilities?In this residency I will go deeper into exploring an object’s mind and the lessons learned from grappling with an unlikely relationship. One that gives meaning and a context to looking deeper at stepping into and out of effort, focus and becoming. From the perspective of a performer and that of a witness. Its the sensational realm, where we can experience our way of being present, that draws me in.

Part of LDD is collaborating with other artists to create a performance scenario in the studio and then sharing it in the space with audience. The studio where there is no ‘backstage’, we are all witness to the performers shift from social space into heightened performative states and from that state through a kind of energetic shedding back into a personal self state again. Who are we in these modes and what changes in our attention, way of being, perceiving, relating when we perform? As dancers, teachers, preachers, activists, musicians….

This residency is partly sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum NYC.
Melanie Maar is a New York based dance artist from Vienna Austria. Her work explores performance in relation to reflection, uncertainty and communal phenomena through the intimacy between movement and sound, animalism and humanism, feminism and objectism, resonance and struggle in changing contexts. She was awarded the 2015 Grant to Artists from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Her choreographies have been presented by Danspace Project, Chocolate Factory, Laboratory Arte Alameda Mexico, Impuls Tanz Vienna and Tanzfabrik Berlin. Her writing has been published at and EU Movement Disorder Journal. Melanie is collaborating with sound artists Christian Schröder, Kenta Nagai and the performance collective Masters of Ceremony. She co-curated 2013 Moving Sounds Festival and The Movement Research Festival 2010. She has performed for and studied with artists like luciana achugar, RoseAnne Spradlin, Janet Panetta, Daria Fain, Walter Dundervill and Luis Lara Malvacias. She works with senior citizens of the Bronx, teaches workshops internationally for dance people, is currently faculty at Movement Research and a recent guest teacher at The New School/Lang College NY.
As part of her residency at Pieter, she will be teaching a workshop on Saturday, September 23 from 11am-3pm and will have a showing on Thursday, September 28 at 8:30pm.