KINEMATIK nurtures and expands the art of dance by providing visually stimulating choreography that pushes the boundaries of traditional representations of urban and contemporary dance. KINEMATIK’s approach to dance theater is considering dance and choreography not only as a performing art but also as a visual art form. KINEMATIK fuses elements of urban vernacular dance such as House, Breaking and Vogue with contemporary modern dance. Through a synthesis of artistic elements such as movement, technology, visual imagery and the unusual use of props, KINEMATIK tries to reconstruct the conventional and address common social stereotypes to engage its audience to rethink existing notions about urban and contemporary dance and culture.
KINEMATIK Dance Theater has been developing since 2009 when artistic director Svea Schneider started creating works and showing them in different festivals and venues throughout New York City. In 2010, Svea Schneider partnered up with dance educator/dancer Kristina Martinez and founded KINEMATIK Dance Theater. In a short time the company evolved from a project based performance group to a funded, non-profit urban-contemporary dance company. Each year KINEMATIK creates new work for the concert stage and has performed at the Tribeca Film Festival, Hollywood Fringe Festival, Fringe NYC, DUMBO Dance Festival, Carnival Choreographers Ball, Wave Rising Series, BB Kings, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre, WestFest Dance Festival, New York Jazz Choreography Project, Jerry Leibovitz Theater for the Performing Arts, Danspace at the St. Marks Church, Performance Project @ University Settlement, Flushing Townhall, Highline Ballroom and the Ladies of Hip Hop Festival. In 2010 KINEMATIK’s choreography “System Malfunction” was selected as a TOP 10 Finalist in the international choreography contest “Global Dance Contest” by the renowned Sadlers Well’s Theater in London. In 2011, KINEMATIK appeared in a German documentary series called “Grosse Staedte, Grosse Traeume” and was featured in Ms. Rey’s music video “Wonder Woman”. In 2012 KINEMATIK was awarded a 1- year artist residency at the Performance Project @ University Settlement in the Lower East Side in Manhattan.
Svea Schneider was born and raised in Landau, Germany. After attending the Iwanson School for contemporary dance in Munich, she moved to NYC in 2003 to pursue her dance career. In 2006 she received her Extraordinary Artist Visa for the U.S. and since then has been working as a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. Svea has been trained in Jazz and Modern Dance but found her passion in the street dance styles such as House, Hip Hop, Breakdance and Hustle. Recently she has immersed herself into Aerial dance (Silk), Acrobatics and Acro Yoga. Svea has taught and performed throughout Germany, the UK, the US, Canada, Dubai, India and Peru. She has worked with Pilobolus (PCS), Vissi Dance Theater and extensively toured the US and the UK with the all female hip hop company Decadancetheatre, in which she danced and co-choreographed from 2006 until 2008. From 2008 to 2010, Svea successfully co-created, co- choreographed and co-produced the Off-off Broadway show “Crazy Sexy Disco”. In 2010 she founded KINEMATIK Dance Theater of which she is the artistic director and head choreographer. As a dancer, Svea has performed at such renowned stages as the South Bank Center in London, Liverpool Playhouse, B Supreme Festival, Bumbershoot and Jacobs Pillow. She has danced in the Off-Broadway. Shows Carnival Girls and Prince Williamsburg and was subject of a documentary series released in Germany in 2011. Svea has worked for film, TV and commercials, working with companies and artists such as Getty Images, Hasbro, Mitchum, Chris Cornell, Timbaland, Lil’ John, MTV TRL, BET, ABC Networks “The View”, Eska Music Video Awards and MTV India. Svea holds a BA in Individualized Study with a concentration in “Dance as a Manifestation of the Self” from the NYU Gallatin School. Svea also currently teaches Hip Hop for children at the Peridance Capezio Center.
holds a BA from UCLA and received her MA in Dance Education from NYU Steinhardt School of Education. Kristina trained with the Dance Theater of Harlem, Alonzo King Contemporary Ballet, Urban Bush Women, Alvin Ailey and Rennie Harris. She has worked with Jaime Foxx, T-Pain,Common, Whiz Khalifa, Tyga, Mally Mall, Carmen Electra and choreographed for Leaf and Sky Blue of LMFAO. As a production assistant she worked on Gallim Dance’s production of Wonderland at the Joyce Theater under the direction of Andrea Miller. Kristina currently teaches at PS 295 and MS 51. Most recently she choreographed an outdoor dance festival for over 500 students at PS 295. Martinez joined forces with Svea Schneider in 2010 and co-founded KINEMATIK in 2011 where she served as assistant director and director of education from 2011-2013.
grew up in Munich, Germany where she studied at the Iwanson School for Contemporary Dance. She toured with the modern dance company Modance in Germany, Austria and France. In 2003 she moved to New York to continue her studies and graduated from the Alvin Ailey Certificate Program in 2007. While studying at Ailey she attended Summer Programs at Netherlands Dans Theater and Ballet Naciaonal de Cuba and later joined the Ailey Student Performance Group, presenting works by Troy Powell, Andre Tyson, Tyrell Rolle, Kanji Segawa and Milton Myer. Isabel has worked with Rhapsody James, KimLaRue, Veronica Tan, Naganuma Dance, Contemporary Ballet Theater, CaNDance as well as in a production of Calllula Lillibelle for NY Fashion Week. Isabel joined KINEMATIK Dance Theater in 2012.
was born and raised in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She started dancing when she was 4 and graduated in 2012 from Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts. She made it to the top 8 on the Dutch version of So You Think You Can Dance, worked with international artists like Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, Loreen, Afrojack & Chris Brown and played in the Dutch musical ‘Droomvlucht’. In 2012 she was awarded a scholarship for a 1-year dance training at Peridance Capezio Center in New York City. She is an all round dancer trained in contemporary, jazz, tap, modern, ballet and urban dance. Vita joined KINEMATIK Dance Theater in 2013.
was born and raised in Italy and graduated from the M.C. School of Dance in Italy in 2000. Since then she has been working as a dancer, teacher and choreographer throughout Europe. In 2007 she performed the Italian tour of the show “Haiku” with the artist Omid Walizadeh and In 2010 she moved to New York City to study at the renowned Peridance Capezio Center. In NYC her career has led her to perform with choreographers such as Svea Schneider, Tweetie, Michelle Byrd McPhee, Chanan Lareche and Robert Taylor. In 2011 Michela joined the Ladies of Hip Hop Crew and she performed as choreographer and dancer at the Ladies of hip hop Festival. Since 2012 she has been a company member of KINEMATIK Dance Theater. Michela joined KINEMATIK Dance Theater in 2012.
was born and raised in Falun, Sweden. She received her training at Danscenter Stockholm, Dance Works Berlin, Broadway Dance Center and the Certificate Program at Peridance Capezio Center. She is trained in Jazz, Disco Dance and various street dance styles such as Hip Hop, Locking, House and Breakin. Emilie has taught and performed throughout Sweden, Germany and Norway and has performed works by Igal Perry, La Jon Dantzler and Annette Starck. Emilie joined KINEMATIK Dance Theater in 2013.
Sarada Sarita Keilman
was born and raised in Holland and started training in Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop at a young age at a pre-performing arts academy. In 2008 she graduated from the Dansacademie Lucia Marthas, the prestigious Performing Arts Academy of Amsterdam. Since then she has been a freelance dancer for commercial and theatrical work and has worked with Janet Jackson’s choreographer Gill Duldulao, Archie Burnett, Tweetie, Sekou Mcmiller, Princess Lockerooo, Tyrone Proctor and Courtney French. In 2009 she joined Femme Lethal, an all female Voguing and Waacking dance crew who has performed internationally at events such as “Juste Debout” and “Housedance 4ever”. In 2012 she received a full scholarship by the Dutch government to train in NYC at the Peridance Capezio Center.
Honomi Kuwana is from Chiba, Japan, where she studied ballet since she was 3 years old. She graduated of the Joffrey Ballet School, and is a certified Gyrokinesis teacher. She belonged to the Vissi Dance Theater in 2011 and KINEMATIK Dance Theater in 2013. She currently resides in NYC where she frequently performs, and studies Capoeira, Jazz, Contemporary and HIPHOP underground dance (Locking Popping and House). Honomi joined KINEMATIK Dance Theater in 2013.
received her dance training while on scholarship at The Debbie Allen Academy, Tisch School of the Arts, and Monsters of Hip Hop’s MOVE program. In addition, she received a three year grant to create and develop the first dance technique program at NYU’s Gallatin’s School of Individualized Study where she learned from greats like Jazzy J, Brian Green, Sekou Heru, Maria Torres, Complexions, and Cecilia Marta. Sophia has choreographed and performed for Nike Industrials, Microsoft, Seventeen Magazine, GE Medical, and MTVU artist Chino Maurice, as well as acted in a variety of shows at Tisch’s Experimental Theatre Wing. Sophia holds a BA from NYU’s Gallatij School of Individualized Studies. Sophia joined KINEMATIK Dance Theater in 2013.
was born and raised in Denmark. In 2009 Marie moved to New York to pursue her career as a dancer. Marie has danced for Sony Ericson Phone “live commercial”, Warner Brother’s recording artist Susan Justice and has worked with Madonna’s choreographer Norman Shay on the launch of the clothing line ‘Material Girl’ at Macy’s. Marie has appeared on ABC Regis and Kelly, worked with Animation Storyboard on the Budweiser and Skoll Commercials, has danced for the all-female Hip Hop dance company Decadancetheatre, was the assistant choreographer for the Copenhagen Fashion Week. Marie has been competing in Hip Hop and House contests all over the world and won 1st place in the category House at “SDK” in London, “Cypher Battle” in Sweden and Ladies of Hip Hop, New York. Marie has been dancing with KINEMATIK Dance Theater since 2010.
was born in New Jersey and raised in Switzerland. She received her training at the Dance Academy of Hip Hop in Geneva where she studied Hip Hop, House and Breaking. She has toured throughout Switzerland and France with ADHH Dance Company and Alliance Dance Company, and has worked with the international urban dance competition “Juste Debout Suisse” and “Reprezent Yourself”. In 2010, Julie moved to New York to pursue her professional dance career. She has performed for the Circus of Hamptons and was featured in music videos by “Ms Rey” and “Sporto Kantes” She has been with KINEMATIK Dance Theater since 2011.
aka Nubian Nene was born and raised in Montreal, QC and has become a renowned urban dancer that is known throughout the world for her Waacking and House styles. She has taught in Vienna for the Ladies of Hip Hop Festival, in Philadelphia for the Illadelph Festival, in Los Angeles for the International Waacking Festival, in Madrid and Lausanne. Nubian Nene has performed with Jody Watley and Tyrone Proctor at the Gramercy Theater, Summer Stage with the Ladies of Hip Hop, Cecilia Marta Dance Company and in the Hip Hop Kung Fu production by Emilio “Buddha Stretch” Austin Jr. Most recently, she was featured as a waacker on a news segment on FOX news “Good Day New York” celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Soul Train TV show. She joined KINEMATIK Dance Theater in 2011.
(Multi Media Artist) was born and brought up in Pune, Maharashtra, India. She has been a photographer for 9 years, assisting commercial photographers in Pune, Mumbai, Atlanta and New York since the age of 19. She completed a certificate course in Advertising Photography at the Creative Circus Atlanta. In 2006, she completed a yearlong certificate course in Documentary Fine Art Photography at the International Center of Photography. Shraddha’s multifaceted artwork is based in photographic media. She incorporates aspects of documentation, community involvement, media literacy, fashion animation, performance and dance in her mixed media projects, which have been shown in galleries and displayed in public spaces. Her work has been exhibited at the Zimmerli Art Museum, at Rutgers University NJ, DUMBO Arts Festival in Brooklyn, Center of Fine Art Photography in Colorado, New Orleans Photo Alliance, Union Docs Brooklyn, Umbrella Arts Gallery New York, School of International Photography Gallery and Gallatin Galleries at New York University where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Additionally, Shraddha’s commercial photographic work has been published in Seventeen India, Daily News and Analysis Mumbai, and fashion blogs such as Vogue India, Don’t Shoe Me and Republic of Chic. As well, she has photographed campaigns for Tide, Perfetti Van Melle, and Lakme in Mumbai. As of 2013 Shraddha’s interest lies predominantly in public display and community based work which in India have been viewed by thousands of viewers ranging from highways to hills.
(Projection Artist) is originally from Taiwan is a music and video technologist who loves creative coding and the performing arts. Cheng has vast experience in custom coding projection and motion detection software. In his work he creates visually explosive imagery for stage and screen. He also designs sound as well as movement-video interaction systems for theatrical performances. He is currently a master’s candidate of Music Technology at NYU, focusing on interactive music systems and content-based audio analysis.
(Choreographer) is a dance artist, choreographer and dance teacher who has managed to explore a lot of different approaches to dance and performance. She is very interested in the connection of vernacular dance forms and contemporary, performative dance. After graduating from a contemporary dance program in Vienna, she started to work as a dancer and choreographer collaborating with different companies and choreographers, performing and choreographing at dance and theater festivals around the world. To name a few: LADIES OF HIP HOP FESTIVAL in Vienna/ Austria and in Nyc, IMPULSTANZ FESTIVAL in Vienna, TANZHERBST DRESDEN in Germany, INTERNATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL in Uganda/Africa, UNDER THE WEATHER Production by The Dirty Feet Collective in Sydney/ Australia. Katrin obtained a scholarship of the Austrian Ministry of cultural affairs and came to New York where she studied and worked with several dance artists. This also lead to her collaboration with KINEMATIK Dance Theater. Back in Europe she recently did the choreography for the successful theater piece “Das Kind der Seehundfrau” which was premiered in Vienna in Nov 2012.
is a music composer, producer, performer and sound designer (www.chriscomfortmusic.com
). He has been performing and writing for over 20 years with artists including The Personality Parade, Thebe, Autumn & Comfort, Green Mountain Girl and most recently as the lead guitarist in Unisex Salon. Chris’s composition credits include the plays The Eye’s of Babylon and Dear Dad, Confessions of GoGo and the films Rainbow Rabbit Reliant and Last Chance. Additional sound design credits include 2 web series, Velvet Moon Chronicles and The Practice of Artemesia and the trailer for the new horror film, Evil Things.