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Melanie Maar and Edie Nightcrawler

Melanie Maar is a NY based dance artist from Vienna Austria. She lives between forms and communities, organizing and sensing for relationships in structure and meaning.

Working in intimacies between movement and sound, animalism and humanism, femaleism and objectism is her passion.

Her two year performance residency project Line Death Dance is currently presented by The Chocolate Factory Theater, including continuous collaborations with visual and sound artists Kenta Nagai, Christian Schroeder, Anaïs Maviel, Lindsay Packer and with the performance collective Masters of Ceremony.
Her work has been presented in New York, Mexico City, Vienna and Berlin. She was awarded the 2015 Grant to Artists from The New York Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the MR Artist in Residency 2012. She is on the MR Artist Advisory Council.
Working with senior citizens of the Bronx and teaching workshops for dance people internationally, recently at TanzQuartier Vienna, Pieter L.A. and at The New School/Lang College NY, have informed the -process as guide- series she created in 2017, an ongoing study group model for dance makers, recently curated by Janet Panetta’s International Dance Dialogues.
Melanie has performed Edie Nightcrawler's repertoire piece Human Disco Ball as Die Leopoldine and has performed for and learned with dance artists luciana achugar, RoseAnne Spradlin, Daria Fain, Walter Dundervill, Luis Lara Malvacias and Gertaud Maar.


Edie Nightcrawler is a choreographer and performer who works largely in burlesque and nightlife. She performs solos all around New York city and abroad, and enjoys creating a theatrical spectacle that is body-centric, surprising, and sprinkled with stupid humor.

As a contemporary dancer Edie has worked with New York based choreographers Stanley Love, Greg Zuccolo, Julie Atlas Muz, Liz Santoro, and Vanessa Walters, and performed Deborah Hay's solo NEWS at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has worked on European based projects with Boris Charmatz and Robert Steijn; and won a Dance WEB scholarship to Impulstanz in Vienna. She is a former assistant to renowned ballet teacher Janet Panetta.

Edie can also be seen as a backup dancer for Sasha Velour, and found on Youtube as Comedy Central's “Succubus". She appears on occasion in Taylor Mac's magical 24 Decades of Popular Music. In 2011 she joined the opening cast of Absinthe at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, which won Best New Show and is still selling out today.

As a choreographer Edie has created numerous events, works for children, non dancers and burlesque performers. Collaborations include: Michel Gondry, Trixie Little, the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, and Angela DiCarlo's Attention Deficit Disorder Cabaret at Joe's Pub. Currently working on a subversive version of Grease for highschool students.

Past Classes & Events

Sense Appeal : Deconstructing the Erotics of Performance

Apr 27 – Apr 28, 2019
workshop