Arno Schuitemaker



Arno Schuitemaker creates works one has to experience. His performances immerse the audience, each in their unique way. Rooted in the pages of his diary, they transform into hyperphysical and embodied meditations on life, and, consequently, the way we (can) engage with the world. His performances receive praise for the inventive forms that he creates to express and give meaning to universal themes. They have been presented at renowned venues and contemporary performing arts festivals in over 25 countries.

His most recent work 30 appearances out of darkness premiered at the Holland Festival in Junie 2022 and was ranked in the top 5 best performances of the season by de Volkskrant. In October 2019, The Way You Sound Tonight was bestowed with a "Zwaan". The award is considered the most prestigious dance prize in the Dutch performing arts.

Other creations include EXIT (2009), TIDE (2011), The Fifteen Project | DUET (2012), I is an Other (2014), Together_till the end (2015), WHILE WE STRIVE (2015), I will wait for you (2016), and If You Could See Me Now (2017)

In Theatermaker, both The Way You Sound Tonight and I will wait for you were selected in the lists of critics as the season’s best performances. tanz magazine selected Arno as one of the most promising artists in their yearbook 2017 and by Dance Europe he was mentioned as being “one of the leading makers in The Netherlands.” He is a winner of the Dioraphte Encouragement Award and the 2nd jury prize at [re]connaissance.

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), Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse), Sala Hiroshima (Barcelona), O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo), HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (Dresden), DansBrabant (Tilburg), ICK Amsterdam, 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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SHARP/ArnoSchuitemaker receives multi-year funding from 2021 through 2024 by Performing Arts Fund NL and AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts). Members of the board are Benien van Berkel (chair), Roeland Dekkers (secretary), Elsbeth Habets (treasurer), and Stephanie ter Brake (general member). The board does not receive any fees.

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