Melanie Maria (born 1993 in Haarlem, The Netherlands) is a performance artist and a director/choreographer.

Who is the individual and what is the collective? What do we share and how do we interfere? How do we perceive and how aware are we of our surroundings? Melanie Maria believes that we are all longing for an emotional connection with the other. By physical performance, the use of public space and human gestures; she invites the spectator to come closer.

Melanie Maria works with trained and untrained performers. In her process she finds it important to create a strong, positive and trustfull connection between the performers themselves and between the performers and herself. She works with them within the moment and works with the skills/experience/bodies the performers have. Since June 2019 she started ‘Performers Group‘.

Melanie Maria is recently graduated from Base for Experiment, Art and Research/Fine Art department and she lives and works in Arnhem, the Netherlands. 

Apprentice Master, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg, The Netherlands, 2019 – 2020
Bachelor Fine Art/Base for Experiment Art and Research
, ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, The Netherlands, 2015 – 2019
Honours Programme, ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, The Netherlands, 2016
Bachelor Dance Teacher, Amsterdam University of the Arts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2011 – 2014
5 o’clock Peer Performance, Amsterdam University of the Arts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2010 – 2011


Researcher and assistant, If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be A Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2019
Artist in Residence
, Fondazione Pistoletto Cittadellarte Biella, Biella, Italy, 2019
, Revolving Door (by Allora & Calzadilla), Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, The Netherlands, 2017
Performer, Genderless Project (by Alicia Framis), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2017
Assistant, Alicia Framis, Studio Framis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2016

I N T E R N S H I P S  &  R E S I D E N C I E S

De Barmoeder, Coordinator, Arnhem, The Netherlands, 2018 – 2019
5 à 7
, Coordinator, Arnhem, The Netherlands, 2016 – 2019
Examination Committee, Member, Arnhem, The Netherlands, 2016 – 2018
Student Council, Member, Arnhem, The Netherlands, 2015 – 2016
House For Art, Founder/Director, Haarlem, The Netherlands, 2014 – 2017

Various, Dance Teacher/Choreographer/Director/Production Assistant, The Netherlands, 2007 – present