KINEMATIK Dance Theater ventures into the bustling world of beetles, spiders, ants, and fireflies with the performance of INSEKTA, a dance exploration of the intricate and complex microorganisms that surround us. Insects represent over 90% of multicellular life on earth, dominating the biological spectrum with over 100 million species. Collaborating with technology artist Cheng-I-Wang, KINEMATIK explores the diversity and metamorphic cycles of insects through dance, motion detection projections and the diverse use of props. Fusing technology with the movement vocabulary of Breakdance, House, Vogue and contemporary modern dance, KINEMATIK creates a unique and visually stimulating dance performance.
Duration: 60 min
“There is nothing like it… flashy, noisy, intellectually stimulating and most importantly, different.” – Dossier Journal
“KINEMATIK takes the funky and frenetic route, with the energy levels of the dancers and media technicians at 110%.” – Jennifer Dwoskin, Dossier Journal
“An army of ants forms a superorganism, marching in sync as if they can sense the vibrations of the others’ steps.” – Dossier Journal
Perfect Prototype is a surreal and comedic comment on the representation of women in media and popular culture in the 21st century. The piece is inspired by a society that crazes for perfect body aesthetics and is marked by celebrity worship and plastic surgery obsession. Perfect Prototype creates an illusion that blurs the lines between reality and artificiality. The piece features live dancers, cameras, display mannequins, plastic body limbs and a wanna-be pop star diva. Dancers and mannequins are indistinguishable as limbs multiply, morph and divide. Inventing new corporeal forms, this piece challenges existing notions about the fragmentation of beauty within society and media.
Duration: 45 min
“A wonderfully weird dance…smart and quirky…as disturbing as it may seem on the surface (think: dissembled mannequins), there’s something refreshingly wholesome underlying the entire charade.” – Jennifer Dwoskin, Dossier Journal
“It’s as if the actual dancers don’t have ball-and-socket joints; their kinesiology mimics that of fiberglass and hinges. They’re creative, amusing and occasionally inappropriate.” – Jennifer Dwoskin, Dossier Journal
Inspired by words and sentences overheard on the street, Conversation Pieces is a humorous and quirky interpretation of fragmented segments of local conversations within a global context, as words are translated by bodies, movement and video. Crossing geographic boundaries over three continents, KINEMATIK collaborates with Austria based choreographer Katrin Blantar and India based video and multi-media artists Shraddha Uday Borawake, to create Conversation Pieces, a multi-disciplinary attempt to contextualize broken off pieces of sentences overheard on the street of NYC, Vienna and Pune.
Duration: 15 min
System Malfunction depicts the opposition that lies between uniformity and individuality. The dancer’s uniform, repetitive, machine like movements symbolize the throbbing dynamism of a factory that dehumanizes and depersonalizes the individual figure. It portrays the mechanism on which society functions in order to maintain a structured and regulated system. The dancers are trapped into an automated and robotic routine that does not allow for any individuality to shine through. ‘System Malfunction’ addresses the dynamic that emerges when one link in the chain is not operating in expected norms. It depicts the urge to break out of conformity and the desire to find one’s individual voice within a system.
Duration: 6 min
What are you waiting for? Using a quirky fusion of different urban and contemporary dance forms, such as house, hip hop, breakdance and locking, WAITING tells the story of two individuals that are faced with the struggle and eventual comfort with the feeling of the unknown. Two vintage suitcases used as props throughout the piece become symbols of the emotional baggage that we carry throughout our journeys in our lives as we are challenged to face moments of change.
Duration: 6 min
Multiple Personality Order is a collaboration between multi media artist Shraddha Uday Borawake and KINEMATIK Dance Theater. Multiple Personality Order is multi media dance performance that combines recorded video, live projections and live movement. MPO investigates media as an extension of the self and depicts the interplay and dynamic between multiple realities and multiple replicated versions of our own identity, facilitated by advanced technological devices and social networks.
Duration: 15 min
This piece investigates how human movements and the shapes that we carve out in space can be measured. ‘Measures’ looks at the human body in relation to the space that it occupies. It also looks at how a given space guides and influences not only our movements but also our behavior and thoughts that we continuously adapt to a certain place, space and situation.
Duration: 15 min
SMOKING MIRRORS, a co-production of A+ Productions and KINEMATIK Dance Theater is the first in a series of “Performance Design” events that incorporate dance, design and multi media arts. Part performance and part art installation, the event features 60 minutes of dance pieces that take place in various areas of a multi-sensory and interactive environment. Smoking Mirrors fuses movement, technology and architectural design. The combination of these multi-dimensional elements will lead the event-goers through an engaging exploration of the interplay between what is real, symbolic, and imaginary in our fast-paced pixilated world.
Duration: approx 75 min