Melanie will create a new work for students in the dance program
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.
Melanie will present a paper titled Pas de bour-SLAY!: Making the Case for Neo-Jazz - A Historically-Based, Contemporary Jazz Technique at the 19th annual National Dance Education Organization conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Melanie will be in residence teaching master classes and lecturing in neo-jazz style, composition, Laban Movement Analysis, and dance history.
As the 2017 WMU Department of Dance Distinguished Alumna, Melanie will be in residence setting a work on frosh dance majors, presenting master classes in neo-jazz, and judging the department's annual Dancing with Stars scholarship fundraising event.
This group discussion is designed to engage the definitions of “contemporary dance” in response to ADT’s performance Shyamali, bring in perspectives from artists of color, and build a pluralistic, shared understanding of the term and its applications in curatorial practice.
Melanie is an invited guest to this event hosted by Ananya Dance Theatre.