Arno Schuitemaker



Exhilarating in its intensity and magical in its simplicity, WHILE WE STRIVE gives new life to the relationship between sound and movement.

Shifting between rustling murmur, deep sub-bass beats and percussive, powerful rhythms, three performers exude a tremendous amount of energy. They circle their arms, undulate, bounce and tremble with their bodies, and cling intimately to each other.

Setting the senses in motion, WHILE WE STRIVE blends everything into a riveting symbiotic experience: seeing becomes hearing and hearing becomes seeing.

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." - Francine van der Wiel, NRC Handelsblad

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

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

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

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

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


Concept and creation: 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), La Place de la Danse – CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie (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