Me + Methods

Methods of Perception: Dance to Engage the Senses is a collection of dance works created by Melanie Greene, a 2017 Bessie Award Recipient for Outstanding Performance (as part Skeleton Architecture), that invites audiences to experience dance through the five senses. In addition to accessing sight and sound, these works investigate how touch, taste, and smell can inform the perception and reception of dance.

Engage your senses | Heighten your awareness 

About me, Melanie Greene

Me: I'm a movement artist taking on the world through a curious lens. I'm no stranger to swirling on the edge of impossible and swimming in the sea of the minority. I curate bodies in flux-putting on and peeling off external stories that seep from internal narratives. I’m a womanist, instigator, lover, sister, daughter. My work smells like delicious pomegranates and body sweat wrapped in fuzzy naked flesh and lacy garter belts. I conjure non-fiction fantasies and super woman truths. I’m passionate about the capacity for performance to hone our focus. It ignites conversation, clarifies intention, and inspires change. I see you, seeing me re-imagining how we see together...together, activating molecules that shape accountably, reshape thinking, and motivate progress. In a world of instant gratification, I’m curious about patience and wrestling with the uncomfortable. I wriggle in my Black female body, Southern belle Brooklynite consciousness, and hybrid dance aesthetic. I’m happy to leave spaces drenched in racist rhetoric and historical erasure, yet hold a special place for biscuits, country ham, and collard greens.

Sharing is Caring: I've shared work around New York City including: New York Live Arts, Dixon Place, Movement Research at Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange's Upstart Festival, WOW Cafe, with AUNTS, the Moon Show, and Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD). I've performed with sheros Sydnie L. Mosley, Paloma McGregor, DanceNoise, and Eva Yaa Asantewaa's Skeleton Architecture (2017 Bessie winner). I've moved with Arthur Aviles’ Typical Theater, and participated in EmergeNYC at the Hemispheric Institute for art and activism at NYU. 

Residencies: New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Residency 2015//16, Gibney boo-koo Space Grant 2015, Gibney Work Up 2017/18, Actors Fund Summer Push Grant 2016, Dancing While Black Fellowship 2016/17, Bogliasco Fellowship 2018, Movement Research Artist in Residence 2018/20.

Papers: Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from UNC-Greensboro, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina teaching license in dance. 

Writing: Dance Magazine, The Dance Enthusiast, The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance, Dancer's Turn, Classic Voice North Carolina, and my own blog On the Scene with Lane Reene. 

Thank you for making it to the end of my delicious spiel. I'd love to hear from you. What's exciting you about dance and art making right now? What gets your blood pumping? Message me at: methodsofperception@gmail.com (No really, I'd love to hear from you!) Onward!

Image By: Katie Lank-Woods