Melanie will be teaching jazz dance improvisation and facilitating discussions for conference attendees.
Melanie will be giving the pre-show talks and moderating the post show discussion for the performances of Walking With Trane at Jacob’s Pillow.
A sneak preview of a documentary film exploring the art form of jazz dance, paying homage to its lineage, celebrating its many re-interpretations, and using a fast-moving kaleidoscope of movement and music to inspire dancers of tomorrow. Featuring an all-star cast of jazz dance legends, this screening will be introduced by one of the film’s collaborators, Melanie George. This event is part of Jacob’s Pillow’s Sunday Film Series
The premiere of Melanie’s new work Three Views of a Secret for UWM students, and concurrent launch of Jazz is… Dance Project’s The Album Project.
Helen Simoneau Danse premieres Darling at Rowan University as part of the festival Breaking The Glass Ceiling: Celebration of Women in Choreography. Melanie is the dramaturg for this new work by Simoneau. Following the performance, scholar Brenda Dixon Gottschild will lead a post-concert discussion.
HSDanse will be in residence at the University of Buffalo to continue the development of Simoneau's newest work DARLING. Melanie is the dramaturg for this work.
Melanie will create a new work for students in the dance program
David Neumann / Advanced Beginner Group will present 2 work-in-progress showings of Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed, co-created by Marcella Murray and David Neumann (dramaturgy, Melanie George), at Gibney, Studio Y downtown, 280 Broadway (enter at 53A Chambers St.).
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Produced by Helanius J. Wilkins, [UN]W.R.A.P.: Traversing Memory: Performing Resistance & Resilience is a week-long symposium rooted in the interconnections of American contemporary performance, cultural history, and identities of Black men. The symposium will culminate with a performance of Wilkins' latest evening-length work This symposium Bon Coeur.
Melanie will give a pre-performance talk, teaching a jazz master class, and lead a panel discussion during the symposium.
Jazz Is... Dance Project has been selected for the 2018 Summer Artist Residency at Wilson College. This residency is the inauguration of a new Jazz Is… Dance Project event, The Woodshed. Named for the process jazz musicians call the private honing of technique and demystifying of content and personal style, this first convening of The Woodshed will be convening of mature jazz dance artists to exchange pedagogical methods, stage Jazz is… Dance Project repertory, and document the JIDP method of jazz dance improvisation.
Melanie will join a panel of invited scholars, writers, and archivists for a post-show discussion following Gesel Mason Performance Project's concert of historic works by Donald McKayle, David Roussève, Bebe Miller, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Rennie Harris, and a recently commissioned work by Kyle Abraham.
Melanie will be in residence, teaching master classes and setting a new neojazz work on students.