Arno Schuitemaker


If You Could See Me Now

Three performers reshape a chilled-out club dance into a mesmerizing wave-like motion until everything morphs into electrifying energy. At maximal and sweaty exertion, their incessant movement flow reinvents itself through luminous, ever-changing impressions. Seemingly casual yet with great precision, If You Could See Me Now urges another, closer look.

Arno Schuitemaker created the performance against the backdrop of a rapidly changing reality to interrogate how to deal with things when they no longer are the way they were. How do we shift and realign our focus? How to keep going and move forward? From ecstasy to turmoil, from a meticulous build-up to its fracturing, If You Could See Me Now goes right to the core of a transformative perspective.

Photo: Sanne Peper

Photo: Sanne Peper

Photo: Sanne Peper

Photo: Sanne Peper



"It is no exaggeration to say that these kinds of experiences will determine the future of the theatre. (....) In this liberating dance, performance everything falls into place. " - Alexander Hiskemuller, Trouw

"Brilliant work, yet again, with a progression so subtle that its transformations are something you rather sense and feel than you can directly point out." - Francine van der Wiel, NRC Handelsblad

"A magnificent performance, tactfully playing with your emotions." - 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 shape 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, Ivan Ugrin, Mark Christoph Klee or Emilia Saavedra
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.

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