As a dramaturg, I work with contemporary performing artists in the development of new works. I am an advocate and empath for the artistic work, and a thought-partner for the artist. Inquiry is at the heart of the process. What does the artist value? What can I identify about the aesthetic to propel the work forward (and when, where, why, how)? In addition to the traditional work of a dramaturg - research, rehearsal tracking, attending to the narrative threads, synthesizing disparate themes, counsel for the makers and doers – I prioritize composing text to frame the work as the artists want it be received by the audience, critics, and the field at large. My experience as a certified movement analyst and rehearsal director allows artists to utilize me as an “outside eye” and performance coach. My greatest strength is my ability to calibrate to the process and accept artists on their terms. As a result, my dramaturgy history reflects a range of artist aesthetics and genres.
Roles I Play as a Dramaturg
Click here to read about Melanie’s work with Kimberly Bartosik in a Washington Post article on dance dramaturgy.
CURRENT AND PAST PROJECTS
Machine Dazzle - Treasure, 2019
600 Highwaymen - Manmade Earth, 2019
Ephrat Asherie Dance - UnderScored, 2019
LMNO3 - Unpacking Pina, 2019
ZviDance – MAIM, 2019
Urban Bush Women – Scat, 2018
Susan Marshall and So Percussion – Construction, 2018
Bebe Miller – In a Rhythm, 2017
David Dorfman Dance – Aroundtown, 2017
Susan Marshall/Jason Treuting/Suzanne Bocanegra - Chromatic, 2016
Kathy Westwater – Rambler, Worlds Worlds A Part, 2019
Kimberly Bartosik/daela – i hunger for you, 2018
Raja Feather Kelly/the feath3r theory – Another Fucking Warhol Production or Who’s Afraid of Andy Warhol, 2017
Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center – ongoing affiliation
Caleb Teicher & Company – Swing 2020. Premiering August 2020.
Kimberly Bartosik/daela, untitled new work. Premiering March 2020.
David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group & Marcella Murray – Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed. Premiering January 2020.
MBDance/Maria Bauman-Morales – (re)Source, 2019
Melanie Greene – Sapphire, 2019
Helen Simoneau Danse – Darling, 2019
Alice Sheppard/Kinetic Light – DESCENT, 2018
Caleb Teicher & Company – More Forever, 2017. Jacobs Pillow In-Process Lab.
Morgan Thorson – Public Love, 2017. Jacobs Pillow In-Process Lab.