Arno Schuitemaker


I is an Other

One is the choreographer, the other the dancer. Standing together on stage, Arno Schuitemaker and Mitchell-lee van Rooij enter into an evolving dialogue, from down-to-earth to funny to hallucinatory. With a fusion of movements, ideas, images, voices and sounds, they expose the manifold and performative strength of the moving body.
Arno Schuitemaker created I is an Other by poetically exploring the way metaphors engender connections in our brain and - most of all - by portraying what a metaphor does: forging one thing to exist in the context of something else.

Photo: Jochem Jurgens

Photo: Jochem Jurgens

Photo: Jochem Jurgens


"The climax [of the performance] is clever and touching. (...) Then you see how there can be a dialogue, a shared universe, between two different worlds. Exactly what a metaphor does (...) Simply spendid." - Mirjam van der Linden, de Volkskrant

"The choreography of Schuitemaker is transparent and unimposing, almost poetry, (...) with inventive mirroring between the 'I' and the 'other'." - Kester Freriks, Theaterkrant

"Impressive, strikingly clear, and very engaging." - Alexandra Karabelas, Tanznetz

"...a truly exceptional 'dialogue' on stage, in which the audience is memorably involved. (...) A totally exciting event." - Gabriele Gorgas, DNN Dresden

"I is an Other is a breath of fresh air. Schuitemaker chooses for depth and content." - Pauline Weijs,

"Utmost concentration and extreme control over the entire body. The audience becomes thoughtful and enchanted." - Joris van Laak, Brabants Dagblad


Concept and creation: Arno Schuitemaker
Co-creation: Mitchell-lee van Rooij
Perfomed by: Mitchell-lee van Rooij, Arno Schuitemaker
Dramaturgy: Guy Cools
Music composition: Wim Selles
Lighting design: Ellen Knops
Vocal coaching: Angélique Wilkie


I is an Other is produced by SHARP/ArnoSchuitemaker in coproduction with DansBrabant. The project is funded by Performing Arts Fund NL, Fonds 21, VSBfonds, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, The Netherland-America Foundation; and supported by CN D Centre national de la danse (Paris), Dansehallern (Copenhagen), HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (Dresden), DDRC (Athens) and Tanzquartier (Vienna) within the modul-dance program of the European Dancehouse Network (EDN) as part of the EU Cultural Program, and The Abrons Art Center (New York City).

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