Melissa Melpignano

I am a Ph.D. student, dance scholar, Dramaturg, performer, and Teaching Associate at the Department of World Arts & Cultures Dance and at the Department of Italian.


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My current research deals with the last generation of Israeli contemporary choreographers.

Another important research I've been devoted to for some years now concerns 18th and 19th century Italian dance librettos and the status of the body in these fragmented narratives.

In Los Angeles, I enjoy spending time in studio as a Dramaturg with choreographers such as Laurel Jenkins and Alexx Schilling.

Academic interests: Israeli dance; choreography; dance literature; corporeality; livable life; presence; rhetorics; dance librettos; dancing texts; textuality; violence; conflict; global/local; animality; critical theory; political theory; Jewish Studies; Israel Studies; Palestine Studies; Middle Eastern Studies.


BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance at London Contemporary Dance School - University of Kent (London, UK).

BA (Laurea Triennale) in Performance Studies with focus on Dance History at Università Ca' Foscari (Venezia, Italy).

MA in Italian Studies with focus on Dance Literature at Università della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano, CH).

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Los Angeles, CA 90095-1608
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