Arno Schuitemaker


About Arno Schuitemaker

Re-approaching performance art and dance, Arno Schuitemaker creates works one has to experience. He is one of the most exciting artists of his generation in The Netherlands with his strong focus on the perception-based relationship between the audience and performers.

Through a radical integration of ongoing, perpetual movement with electronic music and light, each of his transdisciplinary performances stretches the way we experience space and time. Feeling like a trance, they are transformative meditations on the depths of our existence. In October 2019, The Way You Sound Tonight, his most recent work, received the award of most impressive dance production by the VSCD.

Other acclaimed creations include EXIT (2009), TIDE (2011), The Fifteen Project | DUET (2012), I is an Other (2014), Together_till the end (2015), and the trilogy for three performers WHILE WE STRIVE (2015), I will wait for you (2016) and If You Could See Me Now (2017). The Way You Sound Tonight premiered at the Holland Festival in June 2018.

The performances have been presented at renowned theaters and contemporary performing arts festivals in over 20 countries across Europe, and beyond. In Theatermaker magazine, both The Way You Sound Tonight and I will wait for you were selected in the critics lists with the season’s best performances. tanz magazine selected him as one of the most promising choreographers in their yearbook 2017 and by Dance Europe he was mentioned as being “one of the leading dance makers in The Netherlands.” He is a winner of the Dioraphte Encouragement Award and of the 2nd jury prize at [re]connaissance 2016.

Between 2013 and 2016, he received multiyear support by one of his main coproducers DansBrabant (Tilburg) and he was an artist-in-residence with ICK Amsterdam from January 2015 through April 2017. Other organizations that support(ed) his work are the Holland Festival, Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse (Paris), CN D Centre national de la danse (Pantin), La Place de la Danse – CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie (Toulouse), O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo), HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (Dresden), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen), The Duncan Dance Research Center (Athens), Tanzquartier (Vienna), Ballet National de Marseille, KLAP Maison pour la danse (Marseille), Le Pacifique CDCN Grenoble ARA and CCN2 Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble.


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The work of Arno Schuitemaker is produced by SHARP/ArnoSchuitemaker. Our office is located at A Lab, Lab 1.10 in Amsterdam. Check out the contact page on the left on how to get in touch with us.

Members of the board are Mrs. Benien van Berkel (chair), Mr. Roeland Dekkers (secretary), Ms. Elsbeth Habets (treasurer) and Mrs. Hakima Nouzi (member). The members of the board do not receive any fees. SHARP/ArnoSchuitemaker has an ANBI Charitable status. Our RSIN number is 820422939.

SHARP/ArnoSchuitemaker receives multi-year funding from 2017 through 2020 by AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts).

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Photo: Bowie Verschuuren