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Born in Italy in 1989, Melissa currently workes as a performer for Anouk Van Dijk and Falk Richter (Münchner Kammerspiele), Laurence Yadi and Nicolas Cantillon (Cie7273) and Peter Svenzon (Art of Spectra).
After graduating in 2011 from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) winning an award for Outstanding Achievement, she started off her career with the Akram Khan Company (2012), the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Theatre (2013 - 2017) and the Aakash Odedra Company (2016 - 2021). 

In addition to her performative path, she also works as Rehearsal Director and Choreographer Assistant and shares her practice internationally.
In the last few years she has engaged with several multi-disciplinary creative partnerships, including choreographer Rosana Ribeiro (Selva) and several other musicians and colleagues.
She is currently based in Berlin. 

Melissa firmly believes in the substantial role of movement in everyday life, therefore her artistic development is shaped on the fundamental idea that dance enables true, unfiltered communication and connection between people.

In her practice Melissa draws inspiration from the need of accessing an intimate and honest creative source, shifting away from approaches that favour purely aesthetic researches. 
Form is not to be renounced but comes as a collateral effect rather being the main objective of a creative research. 

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