The essence of intimacy lies in our ability to see ourselves in others. With The End - part 2, Arno Schuitemaker zooms in on the interconnectedness of people and communities despite the divisions that seem to prevail. What if intimacy becomes a catalyst for change, any change.
Looking through a different lens can make separations become openings where we see ourselves mirrored and multiplied. The End - part 2 proposes a hybrid, multidimensional world combining movement, music, light, and voice with video, erasing a sense of hierarchy. By mixing live and prerecorded images, the performance blurs the boundaries between the real and virtual, between performer and spectator, between seeing and being seen.
Arno Schuitemaker: “How do we know if we really see someone when we are looking for our reflection in others? I believe that, in the end, much comes down to exploring our need and ability for co-existence, and for engaging in the act of re-imagining and rebalancing our relationships. This can mean detaching ourselves from parts of the past, from ghosts that haunt us and distort the present, and then letting a new part begin.”
With three being the opening to the multitude and acknowledging the importance of interpersonal connections, Arno Schuitemaker invited three performers with whom he shares a personal and professional history: Ivan Ugrin, Mark Christoph Klee, and Angelo Petracca. Together, they start a trace, a pathway with an open end.
Premiere December 13, 2023 — Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam
Concept and creation: Arno Schuitemaker
Created with and performed by: Mark Christoph Klee, Ivan Ugrin, Angelo Petracca
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
Technicians: Sander Schaart and Ruben Lijbers
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 Fonds Podiumkunsten, Amsterdams voor de Kunst, Ammodo, and Fonds 21.