With his newest work The End - part 2, Arno Schuitemaker explores the ability to see ourselves in others, and others in ourselves. The space between each other is at stake—physical, political, emotional. A set of spatial connections, modes of looking, and distances compose a relational environment in which the performers construct a dazzling choreographic experience.
If the capacity to recognize each other makes us engage in intimacy, can this ability also become a catalyst for transformation? Even if it means first freeing ourselves from ghosts that haunt us and distort the present, to let a new chapter unfold.
The title of the work, The End - part 2, proposes a playful contradiction. There is no part 1 because the beginning is gone forever. Sharing this sense of irreversibility, we can look forward, triggering the fantasy of what that future could look like.
By intertwining movement, music, and light with pre-recorded and live video, the performance blurs the distinction between past and present, while challenging the boundaries of seeing and being seen. The End - part 2 offers an intimate performance, like the experience of turning the pages of a diary, and a desire to discover what can lie ahead.
For The End - part 2, Arno Schuitemaker continues the collaborations with performers Ivan Ugrin, Mark Christoph Klee, and Angelo Petracca, underlining the importance of these interpersonal connections. The music is composed by Aart Strootman, and the light design is created by Jean Kalman, two artists with whom Arno also collaborated in several productions. For this occasion, he has invited video artist Gilbert Nouno to join the team.
Premiere December 13, 2023 — Theater Rotterdam
Concept and creation: Arno Schuitemaker
Performers: Mark Christoph Klee, Ivan Ugrin, Angelo Petracca
Dramaturgy: Guy Cools
Lighting design: Jean Kalman
Music: Aart Strootman
Video: Gilbert Nouno
Costumes: Victor Klijsen
Set design: Jean Kalman and Arno Schuitemaker
Technical producer: Maarten van Burken
Video technician: Daan hazendonk
Technicians: Sander Schaart and Ruben Lijbers
Outside eye: Miguel A. Melgares
The movement material is created in collaboration with the performers.
The End - part 2 is a production by SHARP/ArnoSchuitemaker in coproduction with Montpellier Danse as part of the residency at Agora, International City of Dance, with the support of the BNP Paribas Foundation, Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie, La Place de la Danse CDCN Toulouse - Occitanie. Supported by The Performing Arts Fund NL, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Ammodo, and Fonds21.