Melissa Pasut is a contemporary dancer born in the United States where she began her dance training at age seven. She received a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of South Florida in Tampa, USA.
She is dedicated to choreographic research and performing new works that constantly seek to confuse the traditional boundaries that exist between dance and other art practices. Towards this objective, she has collaborated with many renowned visual artists, musicians and performers including: John Duncan, Aleksander Gabrys, Andrew Leslie Hooker, Toshimaru Nakamura, Stefano Pilia, Guillermo Luis Horta Betancourt, Rachel Sweeney, Joan Laage, and Sayoko Onishi and has performed new pieces throughout Europe & America.
She founded Anoikis in 2002 and alongside her inspirational husband and artistic partner Andrew Leslie Hooker, they have reshaped the objective and direction of the company. Since 2015 they have been based in North Wales, UK. More recently, her research involves Butoh and classical/contemporary dance practices and has trained with Butoh masters including Yukio Waguri, Yumiko Yoshioka, Seisaku, Sayoko Onishi and many others.
In addition, she has held international workshops with both professional and non-professional dancers and she currently teaches in the dance program at Liverpool Hope University. She has been funded by the Arts Council of Wales on projects concerning butoh, contemporary dance and electroacoustic composition.
photo: Peter van Heesen