Svea Schneider Q&A
Q. Where are you from? What are some unique characteristics of your hometown?
A. I’m from a small town called Landau in the South of Germany. It’s in a beautiful wine region and surrounded by vineyards. I have lived in NYC since 2003 and lived in Peru for two years from 2014-2016. I feel like an artistic nomad who has many places to call home which are very unique.
Q. When did you begin dancing? What’s your dance journey?
A. I started dancing when I was five in my hometown in Germany. From there dance has taken me around the world – training, dancing, teaching, performing and choreographing. I have lived and worked in three continents and have performed and taught in many countries and cultures. I have a degree in dance and in dance anthropology and my work does not only span dance work but choreography, education, arts administration, research, and production work as well.
Q. How are you enjoying dancing for Bodystories: Teresa Fellion Dance?
A. For me it’s very interesting because I have my own dance company as well, so I’m familiar with the side of the director and the choreographer. I wanted to start dancing in a company again to experience the dancer’s side again and learn and grow as an artist from there.
Q. What has the process of creating Agawam been like?
A. It has been a multilayered process. Movement material was generated through improvisation based on tasks that Teresa gave us. After a lot of reworking, cutting, and inserting we worked everything into a cohesive context.
Q. What is the most rewarding aspect of dancing Agawam?
A. There’s a lot of freedom of movement. We as dancers, were really able to shape the movement through our own bodies, so that has been very rewarding.
Q. In our current political climate, with so much uncertainty, what do you think the role of dance and art will be?
A. I think the role of dance and art has always been to be a mirror of society and culture and to raise awareness about important social and political issues. Art has the power to connect and engage people to critically reflect and become active and aware citizens.