BIOGRAPHY

Born in Germany and raised in Spain, Melanie López López started training extensively in classical ballet at the age of 4, exploring later on as well Flamenco, Spanish dance and Contemporary Dance. In 2009, being awarded a scholarship for artists, she moved to London to study at the London Contemporary Dance School, graduating with a Master of Arts in Contemporary Dance in 2011.

 

As a professional dancer, Melanie developed her career accross Europe. Her versatility allowed her to work with companies and choreographers of diverse styles, ranging from classical/neoclassical, such as the Peter Schaufuss Ballet (Denmark) or the National Ballet of Ireland, to Contemporary companies such as the Tanztheater Münster (Germany) and Stadttheater Hagen (Germany). She danced in works created under the direction of choreographers such as Gustavo Ramírez Sansano (Spain), Javier de Frutos (UK), Henrique Rodovalho (Brasil), James Wilton (UK), Hans Henning Paar (Germany), Avâtara Ayuso (Spain) and Yoshua Cienfuegos (Spain). Being part of the International research project Estancias Coreográficas (Spain), that brings together artists of different fields and dance academics, between 2015 to 2018, she worked with Ravid Abarbanel, Olga Pericet and Dana Raz amongst others, to explore and analyse creation procedures.

 

Aside of her career as a dancer and due to her interest in choreography, in the recent years she created a number of short pieces: Closer and { } were presented at Theater Münster (Germany) as part of the program “Tanz Labor”. In 2017, she was commisioned by the Münsteraner Tanz Festival and for the “Ökumenische Kirchennacht” in Coesfeld (Germany) in 2018 . The same year the solo 17Pétalos was premiered for the pARTicipate exhibition at the Wesserrenaisance Museum in Lemgo (Germany); which was reworked and extended to be performed in different cities in north Spain as part the dance festival “La Red’19”.

 

Currently, Melanie is touring with Proyecto Titoyaya (Spain); continues collaborating in different projects with Theaterlabor Bielefeld (Germany), and is developing her new solo "Raices Suspendidas", which was selected for the platform  "Me, myself & I" of the Certamen Coreográfico Paso a2 in Madrid and got a Mention of Honour for technical excellence at the International dance Festival "Diálogos Contemporáneos" in Cáceres (Spain).

Photo: Javi Roces

Melanie Lopez Lopez. Dance Artist