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The company

The Company was created in 1986 by the choreographer Marco Berrettini under the name Tanzplantation. Tanz means dance in German and the name Tanzplantation refers to surgical transplantation. This play on words evokes a certain working approach which consists of borrowing various artistic or non-artistic elements from daily life – and to transplant them into choreographic pieces: bits of films, dances already existing elsewhere, dialogues from films and operas, etc. who thus find new life in the dance creations of the Company.
In 2000, during a residency at the Kampnagel theater in Hamburg (D), the Company was renamed *Melk Prod.. The Asterix in front of “Melk” refers to the phrase: “because I’m worthless” in response to Claudia Schiffer who, at the time, proudly said “because I’m worth it!” » in an advertisement for a famous cosmetics brand.
*Melk Prod. now has created nearly sixty pieces. Most are choreographic works. The Company also produces performances, video installations, as well as collaborations with visual artists. On several occasions the pieces were signed by different members of the Company, who periodically attempts “collective” experiences.
To date, around a hundred performers, scenographers, sound and light artists, amateurs and professionals have participated in the *Melk Prod. adventure.

Marco Berrettini

Dancer and choreographer.
Born on 23.10.1963 in Aschaffenburg (D) of Italian parents, he currently lives in Geneva (CH). At 14 he discovered dance through ballroom dancing lessons at the Bier dance school in Wiesbaden (D). Marco Berrettini enrolls in Disco dance competitions and manages to win the German Championship in Stuttgart at the age of 15. But, aware of his technical limits in dance, he began very intensive training. After his baccalaureate in 1981 he was accepted at the London School of Contemporary Dance – The Place (UK) to train as a dancer. In 1983 he changed school and graduated in 1985 at the Folkwangschulen Essen (D) directed at the time by Hans Züllig and then by Pina Bausch. Between 1985 and 1987 Marco Berrettini tries to develop his own choreographic work, in Germany, but the independent scene doesn’t really exist yet. Hence, in 1988 he moves to Paris (F). In 1990 Christian Ferri, the director of the Théâtre de la Bastille in Paris (F) spotted him and programmed him with Flack(s) 11, which symbolizes the beginning of his career as a choreographer in France. Between 1990 and 2001, when Marco Berrettini moved to Geneva (CH), he danced for Georges Appaix and created around 30 choreographic pieces of its own. He will dance in television-shows, appear in documentaries on dance, will direct several event projects, advertisements, fashion shows and private parties, as well as collaborate with other artists such as for example the choreographers Martine Pisani and Catherine Bay and the visual artist Jan Kopp. In 1999 his company won the ZKB Prize at the Theaterspektakel Festival in Zurich (CH) for the piece Sturmwetter prépare l’An d’Emil. From 2004 to 2007 he directed the Movement module at the Haute École de théâtre et de danse de Suisse romande La Manufacture in Lausanne (CH). In 2018 Marco Berrettini received the Swiss Dance Prize for his piece iFeel3. Since 2021, *Melk Prod. is a contracted company approved by Pro Helvetia, the city and the Canton of Geneva (CH). In 2022, Marco Berrettini receives the Swiss Dance Prize for all of his choreographic work “on the fringes of the mainstream”. The year 2023 will be very eventful. Besides choreographing the duo El Adaptador for his own company and Songlines for the Ballet de Lorraine CCN de Nancy, he directs the Atlas program at Impulstanz Festival in Vienna (AU).


Artistic Contributors

Bryan Campbell is an American artist working and living in Paris.
Since 2008, he has developed a body of multi-disciplinary work that both articulates with and elaborates on his training as a choreographer and dancer. Mixing image, graphic design, text, and choreography, his performances deal in the bodies and cognitions that are implicated in and created by visual culture. His projects are subtly queer, conceptually adventurous, and beautiful.
After studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), Bryan Campbell created several works in New York, including a series of solos Seven Activities of the Historical Object and Hares on the Mountain a quartet commissioned by the La MaMa Moves! festival.
As a performer, he danced in projects by Christopher Williams, David Parker, Sydney Skybetter, and Gus Solomons jr, among others.
In 2009/10, he took part in ex.e.r.ce, a training and research program under the direction of Mathilde Monnier at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier. While there, he initiated a period of research around the animated television series My Little Pony during which he created the conference/performance Research for the quadruped protagonist, as well as a dance piece, QUADRUPED PROTAGONIST. After ex.e.r.ce, presentations of these pieces brought the ponies to the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale (Paris), Beursschouwburg (Brussels), the Judson Church (New York), GogolFest (Kiev), KUNSTKOMPLEX (Wuppertal), and at La [Déca]danse Festival (Vanves). Meanwhile, Campbell continued to work as a performer for other choreographers, establishing important collaborations with Loïc Touzé, Jana Unmüssig, and Emmanuelle Huynh, among others. He received a research grant to study studio practice and the print work of artist Dieter Roth from the NRW Kultursekretariat (Wuppertal) in 2011, as well as the DanceWEB scholarship in 2013.
In 2015, Bryan Campbell premiered MARVELOUS, the result of a three-year period of research around the dramaturgy of printed materials. Both a fashion and lifestyle magazine and a performance, MARVELOUS is “published” for live audiences in theatres and galleries – it has been presented at PACT Zollverein (Essen D), Kaaistudios (Brussels BE), Festival Artdanthé (Vanves FR), Actoral (Marseille FR), and Latitudes Contemporaines (Lille FR) and at Uzès Danse Festival.
In 2019, he created SQUARE DANCE, a quartet that explores libidinal geometries in social choreographies through the lens of the American folk dance of the same name. The piece was presented at the Gymnase – CDCN Roubaix, the Raffinerie (Brussels) and the Centre national de la danse (Pantin).
Currently is also developing a long-format monologue, Janitor of Lunacy: a Filibuster, which takes inspiration from a practice of political obstruction in the United States Senate.
Campbell has recently been engaged as a performer in work by, Olivia Grandville, Jocelyn Cottencin, Perrine Maurin, Ambra Senatore, Peter Jacob Kovner and Antonija Livingstone & Jennifer Lacey, as well as in the recreations of Alain Buffard’s Les Inconsolés and Marco Berrettini’s Sorry, do the tour!. He is currently engaged in the creative process of some projects by DD Dorvillier, Gaëtan Rusquet, Marco Berrettini, and Ruth Childs. He is a member of the collective dance for plants and he is currently translating Yvonne Rainer’s Poems​ with Vincent Weber (April 2021, publishing Trente-trois morceaux).

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