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Melanie Lane is an Australian choreographer and performer of Australian/Javanese heritage. She is currently the 2023/24 Choreographer in Residence at Chunky Move; Associate Artist at e.motion21 and QL2 (Canberra); Resident Artist at The Substation and is the 2024 Creative Australia Fellow for Dance. In 2022, she was the inaugural Established Artist in Residence at University of Canberra X Belco Arts; was the 2015 Resident Director at Lucy Guerin Inc and is currently the Chair of Melbourne's Dancehouse.

Melanie is one of Australia's leading choreographic voices. She has created works for Sydney Dance Company, West Australian Ballet, Chunky Move, Australasian Dance Collective, Dance Theatre Heidelberg and Nagelhus Schia Norway, amongst others. With Director Adena Jacobs, has choreographed large scale works for the English National Opera (Salome) and Burgtheater Vienna (Nosferato, Trojan Women). Her collaborative practice extends to musicians CLARK (Warp Records) and Monica Lim, and visual artists Amos Gebhardt, Bridie Lunney, Leyla Stevens, Ash Keating and Martin Böttger.

She won the 2017 Leipziger Bewegungskunstpreis (Germany); the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award and the 2022 WA Performing Arts Award for Oustanding Interstate Artist. She has been nominated for both Green Room and Helpmann Awards, including winning the Shirley McKechnie Award for Choreography in 2020.


Melanie is currently developing a new work that will premiere at The Substation later this year.

Photo: Barbara Dietl

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