Seemingly casual yet with impressive precision, If You Could See Me Now appeals for another look, to look again. Three performers set a chilled-out club dance into a mesmerizing and dizzying wave-like motion, pushing their physical limits until everything morphs into one big chunk of energy, a dense accumulation to transcend to another dimension.
At maximal and sweaty exertion, the movement flow audaciously reinvents itself as luminous and ever-changing impressions, evoking intensified moments of perseverance, resilience and perspective. The performance space dilates, dissolves and shifts. Time gets chopped up then blends back together again.
From ecstasy to turmoil, from build-up to its dismantling, If You Could See Me Now plays with expectations and shakes them up. It finds a tipping point and tilts performers and audience to something new and unreserved: a liberation.
"It is no exaggeration to say that these kind of experiences will determine the future of the theatre. (....) In this liberating dance performance everything falls into place. " - Alexander Hiskemuller, Trouw
"Yet another brilliant work, with a progression so subtle that
its transformations are sometimes more tangible than directly evident." - Francine van der Wiel, NRC Handelsblad
"Magnificent work that subtly plays with your feelings." - Mirjam van der Linden, de Volkskrant
"It is Schuitemaker's great strength to think the art of performance in all its components through and to design it in an experimental setup, which—in the end—exudes the strongest sensuality, originality and bliss." - Alexandra Karabelas, Tanznetz
Concept and creation: Arno Schuitemaker
Performers: Stein Fluijt, Johannes Lind or Ivan Ugrin, Kim Amankwaa
Dramaturgy: Guy Cools
Music composition: Wim Selles
Lighting design: Vinny Jones
Costumes: Inge de Lange
Technique: Natasja Giebels, Vincent Beune
If You Could See Me Now is a production by SHARP/ArnoSchuitemaker in coproduction with HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (Dresden, Germany), O Espaço Do Tempo - Associação Cultura (Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal), CN D Centre national de la danse (Pantin, France), KLAP Maison pour la danse (Marseille, France) and Tafelhalle im KunstKulturQuartier (Nuremberg, Germany). The performance is created with contributions by Performing Arts Fund NL, Fonds 21, VSBfonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.