Arno Schuitemaker



Three performers seduce the audience to go along on a trip for the senses. Hypnotizing in its intensity and magical in its simplicity, they give new life to the relationship between sound and movement: seeing becomes hearing and hearing becomes seeing.

As they circle with their arms, undulate and tremble with their bodies, cling intimately to each other and take the rhythm to its limit, the performers exude a tremendous amount of energy. Setting the senses in motion, WHILE WE STRIVE creates a deeply physical and auditory experience that arouses, affects and resonates.

WHILE WE STRIVE is awarded with the 2nd jury prize at [re]connaissance 2016 in Grenoble.



Top 5 best performances of 2015: "Intelligent and insightful. (...) who goes along with the exhilarating sounds is in for an arousing hour." **** - NRC Handelsblad, Francine van der Wiel,

"Definitely an experience that is hard to forget.” - Dance Europe, Davide Cocchiara

"Spectators who commit emerge revitalised." **** - Het Parool, Jacq. Algra

Best performance of 2015: "In WHILE WE STRIVE choreography, light and sound are completely attuned and lift each other to a higher level." - Dansmagazine, Maaike Zeegers

"WHILE WE STRIVE is an exceptional and intense performance." **** - 8WEEKLY, Evelien van de Sanden,

"Schuitemaker excites the senses. (...) The tension is visible, tangible and perhaps you can even smell and taste it a bit." - Brabants Dagblad, Joris van Laak


Concept and choreography: Arno Schuitemaker
Performed by: Ivan Ugrin, Audrey Apers, Revé Terborg
Dramaturgy: Guy Cools
Lighting design: Ellen Knops
Sound concept and composition: Massimo Cervini
Costumes: Carlijn Petermeijer
Technique: Natasja Giebels


WHILE WE STRIVE is a SHARP/ArnoSchuitemaker production in coproduction with DansBrabant. The production is funded by Performing Arts NL, VSBfonds, Fonds 21, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, bkkc, Provincie Noord-Brabant and the Dutch Embassy in Paris, and supported by CN D Centre national de la danse (Pantin), Centre de Développement Chorégraphique Toulouse/Midi-Pyrénées (Toulouse) and The Abrons Arts Center (New York City). With thanks to ICKamsterdam.

Photo: Jochem Jurgens

Photo: Jochem Jurgens

Photo: Jochem Jurgens

Photo: Jochem Jurgens