Melanie Maar: Feeling One Self – a relational practice

What arises from relating through touch when its explored within an artistic, movement-oriented context that is freed from healing intentions, sexual interaction and from a particular knowledge aesthetic? What individual and collective realities and relations are experienced in an environment where expertise can become relative? We will play with listening to and following the presence of the ‘mind of the touch’ itself. Touch as a sense not always in relationship to hands, or another person, but also in relation to oneself, to space, to vibration, to matter and to psyche. Methods we use are informed by other dance artists, Chi Kung, sounding and somatic practices, touch work with elders and by improvisational ways of approaching movement. We pay attention and respect to the boundaries, intimacies and riskings that arise. In each class there will be touching, movement and reflection. My intention is to create a studio environment where relating in mutual, specific and ambiguous ways can be practiced, questioned and enjoyed by the people present. This workshop is for all artists and touch workers who are into not knowing and have experience with movement awareness.

Melanie Maar is a New York based dance artist from Vienna, Austria. Her work explores performance as a relational reflection through the intimacy between movement and sound, animalism and humanism, feminism and objects, resonance and struggle within diverse contexts. Maar was awarded the 2015 Grant to Artists from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Her choreographies have been presented in  New York City, Vienna, Mexico City and Berlin. Her recent writing has been published at Entkunstung.com. Maar has been collaborating with sound artists Christian Schröder, Kenta Nagai, the performance collective Masters of Ceremony and dance artists Laurel Atwell and Marilyn Maywald for several years. She co-curated the 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. Maar works with elders in the Bronx, is faculty and on the AAC at MR and a recent guest teacher for Improvisation at The New School/Lang College.