Kirsten Michelle Schnittker (b. 1987) is a dancer and maker who has performed original works for audiences New York City at AUNTS, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Triskelion Arts, Danspace Project's DraftWork series, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and Center for Performance Research, and in Zùrich, Switzerland at Galerie Alex Schlesinger; and has received support through an Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art as well as various artist residencies and space grants from AUNTS, BAX’s Upstart Artist program, Dance New Amsterdam, RoofTop Dance, and Mana Contemporary. In January 2017, Kirsten curated sincere visions & significant tasks, a Food For Thought evening at Danspace Project and later that same year began organizing seasonal dance happenings called Pie and Performance at her home in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Kirsten performs with New York City-based choreographers Yanira Castro/a canary torsi, Hadley Smith, Diana Crum, and Amity Jones. Kirsten has recently enjoyed performing in Hadley Smith's *TANOGRAM* (2018) Michael Portnoy’s *Relational Stalinism—The Musical* (2018), Diana Crum’s *Ghost Tongue Ruler* (2018) and *Blue Studies* (2017), Yanira Castro/a canary torsi’s *Court/Garden* (2016-17) and *NANCY* (2013-15), and Yvonne Rainer’s *Trio A with flags*, directed by Pat Catterson (April 2017). Kirsten has had the pleasure of working with Renée Archibald, Ilona Bito, Carte Blanche Performance, Christine & Luke Hegel-Cantarella, Annette Herwander, Melinda Ring ( *Vast Action* at MR at the Judson Church, November 2017), Andrew Schneider, Tara Aisha Willis, and the A.O. Movement Collective.

Kirsten is training to be a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner at the Feldenkrais Institute of New York and will graduate in 2021.

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Selected Work as a Performer

Michael Portnoy – RELATIONAL STALINISM: THE MUSICAL (American Realness 2018)

Melinda Ring – Vast Action (Movement Research at the Judson Church 2017)

Carte Blanche Performance – HOIST + SULK (2017) 

Pat Catterson – Trio A with Flags (Movement Research at the Judson Church 2017)

Diana Crum – The Blue Project (2016), Open Heart Scores (2017)

Amity Jones – Quite on Hold (2016) 

Ilona Bito – 3/3rds (2014), play TIME practice (2015-2016)

Yanira Castro – The People to Come (2012), Paradis (2012-13), NANCY (2013/2015), Court/Garden (2014-2016)

Annette Herwander – Duration (2015)

Andrew Schneider – Field (2014)

Christine & Luke Hegel-Cantarella – Trade is Sublime (2013), film installation for World Trade Organization

The A.O. Movement Collective – Barrish (2012)

Tara Aisha Willis – Refrain (2011)

Kelley Donovan & Dancers – Age of Unraveling (2010)

Renee Archibald -– Curtain Wall (2008)


Selected Performance Events  

REVIVAL: A feartool tale of two (2017)

Poseidon's Pleasure Cavern hosted by Rubycon, Bizarre Bushwick - Brooklyn, NY (November 10, 2017)

DO YOUR WORST curated by Boom Bat Gesture, Triskelion Arts - Brooklyn, NY (September 22, 28, 30, 2017)


New Performer (2017)    

DraftWork, Danspace Project - New York, NY (May 20, 2017)

Galerie Alex Schlesinger - Zurich, Switzerland (May 4, 2017)

Movement Research at the Judson Church - New York, NY (February 13, 2017)

Never Before Never Again Festival, Triskelion Arts - Brooklyn, NY (January 8, 2017)


Yours And Our Devices (2015-2016)    

Remount at Triskelion Arts  Brooklyn, NY (March 16, 2016)    

Split Bill 2015, Triskelion Arts  Brooklyn, NY ( October 10+11, 2015)

Long Island City Arts Open 2015, Court Square Studios  Queens, NY (May 17, 2015)  

SHOW SHOW DANCE DANCE curated by Ilona Bito, Outpost Studios  Queens, NY (May 8, 2014)  

Open Performance 2013, Movement Research  New York, NY (November 9, 2013)


solo (study) in a corner (2013)   

AUNTS Timeshare Performance and Residency 2013, Arts@Renaissance – Brooklyn, NY (May 20-25, 2013)


girl/plot (2013)

RoofTop Dance 2013, Roger Smith Hotel’s The Window at 125 – New York, NY (March 15, 2013)


uuhhh dance (2012-2013) 

Spring Movement Festival 2013, Center for Performance Research – Brooklyn, NY  

Upstart Festival 2012, Brooklyn Arts Exchange – Brooklyn, NY

REHEARSAL 2012, The Knockdown Center – Ridgewood, NY      

Open Performance 2012, Movement Research – Brooklyn, NY

WIP Showing 2012, Dance New Amsterdam – New York, NY


the pretty thing/the process thing (2011-2012) 

A Shared Evening with Kirsten Schnittker & Tara Willis 2012, Dance New Amsterdam – New York, NY      

WIP Showing 2012, Dance New Amsterdam – New York, NY  

Fertile Ground 2011, Green Space – Queens, NY

REHEARSAL 2011 – Brooklyn, NY  



Barnard College, Columbia University

Bachelor of Arts, History, Dance Minor, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, May 2010


2017 Past Performances

March 24 +25: a canary torsi's Court/Garden - City of Chicago DCASE at Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago, IL

July 8 + 9: Carte Blance Performance's HOIST+SULK - INSITU Site Specific Dance Festival, Long Island City, NY

July 14: Diana Crum's Open Heart Score at The Gem Theatre, Bethel, ME


2016 Past Performances

January 22: a canary torsi's NANCY at Fridays at Noon, curated by Brian Roger - 92nd Street Y

February 13 + 14: Amity Jones' Quite on hold - Newport Performing Arts Center, Newport, OR

March 31: a canary torsi's Court/Garden - Redfern Arts Center, Keene, NH

April 8+9: a canary torsi's Court/Garden - ICA/Boston 

April 15: Diana Crum at Spring Movement Festival 2016  - Center for Performance Research

April 26: Diana Crum at Open Performance - Movement Research at Eden's Expressway

May 24: Ilona Bito at Open Performance - Movement Research at Eden's Expressway

August 20: Ilona Bito's play TIME practice at WIP - Java Studios

August 30 - September 1: Open rehearsals with Diana Crum - Anita's Way

September 6-8: Diana Crum's The Blue Project - Anita's Way

November 20: Ilona Bito's play TIME practice at POST DANCE SUMMIT - Panoply Performance Lab