ACF- performance celebration 
for receiving the Foundation for Contemporary Arts award- April 2015

Big Room- Masters of Ceremony performing with 
Franz Hauzinger and Isabelle Duthoit, March 2015

Mexico City, working at Laboratory Somatico Escenico, Jan 2015


                                                                                                                           by Ian Douglas

ceremony us
with Kenta Nagai

Museo Alamenda, Mexico City, September 2014
MR at Judson, June 2014


                                                                                      by Ian Douglas

Our Other
choreography and composition Melanie Maar
created and performed by Laurel Atwell, Marilyn Maywald and Melanie Maar,
created by lighting designer Carrie Wood and Maar.
additional live sound compositions by Abraham Gomez-Delgado
costumes by Melanie Maar

October 17-19/ 2013,  Danspace Project NYC

'Remaining tranquil and contained, Maar’s acute dancing can seem white-hot and unruly. Her austere, ritualistic, dances are uncommonly good at evoking, without representing the natural world.'
 The New Yorker, October 14th 2013




                                                                                                   by Sophia Ribeiro

Same Selves
choreography, light design, costumes Melanie Maar
performance and creation Melanie Maar, Marilyn Maywald & Tayol Ho Bynum

Inspired by works on metamorphosis and splitting images, this dance is guided 
by animal presence, darkness, visual musicality, and light. 
December 4th 2012,The Big Room, NY
December 6th  Movement Research @ Judson Church NYC
February 4th 2012, Roulette NYC 
June 19th, 20th 2012, studio performance at Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC


                                                                                          by Verena Kurz

Spaces and Bones
choreography, costumes- Melanie Maar
performance, creation- Kenta Nagai and Melanie Maar
light design- Carrie Wood

The Chocolate Factory NYC 2011
Impuls Tanz Vienna 2012, Next Move Festival Troy NY 2013

 In Spaces and Bones the animal and the ego, the mystical and the common and the metaphysical male andfemale aspects can dwell in simple space and lights. She collaborates withaudio-visual artist Kenta Nagai to create a context where questions about the revealing nature of live performance can live. 

'.., she exuded a banked fierceness. Stripping out of her green- and blue-toned clothing, Ms. Maar wielded a pair of deer antlers in a muscular, primal dance; it seemed that she might transform into a man, a beast or both.' 
read the full New York Times review by Claudia La Rocco here:
read an extended Time Out interview by Gia Kourlas here:


                                                                                                           by Miana Jun

Phenomenal Bodies
choreography- Melanie Maar
sound- Kenta Nagai
performance, creation- Mariangela Lopez, Marilyn Maywald, Kenta Nagai, Melanie Maar
costumes- Kiky Thomanek
Light design- Vincent Vigilante

Dance Theater Workshop, NYC 2009

Its the dance that remains in the air after the performers leave the stage. 



                                                                                                                 by Carola Schmidt 

LOWER aka us
Choreography- Melanie Maar
performance and creation- Mariangela Lopez, Melanie Maar
sound for us-  Christian Schroeder

The Kitchen Works in Process 20007
Danspace Project/Draftworks 2008
Austrian Cultural Forum 2009, 2015
Moe Vienna 20013

A vigorous meditation in movement, rising from the neural basis of emotion.


                                          by Peter Gannushkin/downtownmusic.net 

Masters of Ceremony

MoC (Rachel Bernsen, Taylor Ho Bynum, Melanie Maar, Abraham Gomez-Delgado) brings together four artists across disciplines as equal partners in a shared endeavor. Performing together in various music, dance venues, homes and galleries over the past three years, the group practices spontaneous action as a way to experience and share a ceremonious needs of the moment, collective consciousness as well as individual presence. 

Past performances include Arts for Art/Vision Festival 2015, The BIG ROOM's Take Your Time Series 2014. The Moving Sounds Festival 2013, The Stony Brook University Philosophy and Art Conference, The Vision Festival, The NOT Festival, The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church, Movement Research at Judson Church, Jalopy, , The Loft, The Firehouse Space and internationally in Austria, Germany and Holland.


Maar is performing in
Anthony Braxton’s new Opera- Trillium J ,2014
as well as ongoing in The Pine Top Aerial Music 2014/2015




A short film by Derick Belcham/ Pressure.es
with Melanie Maar and Kenta Nagai


September 19th -22nd, 2013
The Austrian Cultural Forum presents
Moving Sounds Festival 2013

[claŋ cœr pɛr]  body of sound, the resonant body of an instrument, an orchestra

curated by Michel Galante, Melanie Maar and Christopher Zimmerman

image by Kenji Ouellet

There are many great events and performances at the Austrian Cultural Forum,
The Czech Center and Little Field Brooklyn. This year the music festival expands
further into performance and dance.
The first two days of the Festival are free events!


Workshop for The Movement Research Fall Festival, Dec 2012
 is all at once a class, a practice and a performance without audience. we are playing with vibration as movement and the empathetic relationship between movement and sound. We explore ways of engaging personal, energetic, visual, kinetic and sonic aspects given in this particular situation in the grand hall of St. Marks church.
Kenta Nagai will co- teach the Workshop.


                                                                                                                           by Ursula Scherrer

at Roulette
Composer/Choreographer Series
September 29th 2012
Melanie Maar with Shelley Hirsch and Kenta Nagai

Forthis night at Roulette choreographer and dancer Melanie Maar invited composers,vocalist Shelley Hirsch and musician Kenta Nagai




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Spaces and Bones by Melanie Maar
Spaces and Bones by Melanie MaarChoreography and Dance performanceMelanie MaarShamisen performance and sound installationKenta Nagaiadditional performersDora Koimtzi, Hazuki Homma...
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our other /by Melanie Maar, short/ by Laura Bartczak
Danspace Project NYC 2013

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Maar and Schroeder, us
Performance of 'us' at mo.e Vienna 2013. i.s.m. FestivalMelanie Maar, Christian Konrad Schroeder

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Sisyphus at AUNTS event.
1 hour performance event at Office ops, Brooklyn. Movement Research Festival
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Off and On (edit) WPC 2006 D.C.
by Melanie Maar, sound composition Doug Henderson, World Parkinson's Congress, Washington D.C.
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LOWER, excerpt
choreography Melanie Maar, additional performer Mari Lopez, Edith Greutmann Danspaceproject 2008
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Phenomenal Bodies
choreography Melanie Maar performance Marilyn Maywald, Mariangela Lopez, Kenta Nagai Dance Theater Workshop NYC, 2009
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Melanie Maar, MR@Judson Church 11.24.08
untitled live Performance: Melanie Maar and Kenta Nagai
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