Arno Schuitemaker


The Way You Sound Tonight

“The Way You Sound Tonight is one of those theater experiences you want to last forever. Schuitemaker succeeds in getting everything perfectly right.” The performance was bestowed with the award of the most impressive dance production in The Netherlands in 2019.

In an attempt to get hold of the inevitable passing of time, The Way You Sound Tonight aims to eternalize a moment. In her book Flights, Olga Tokarczuk wrote: “Standing there on the embankment, staring into the current, I realized that—in spite of all the risks involved—a thing in motion will always be better than a thing at rest; that change will always be a nobler thing than permanence; that that which is static will degenerate and decay, turn to ash, while that which is in motion is able to last for all eternity.”

The five performers keep going without ever stopping, powered by the pulsating, growing rhythm of breath and heartbeat. Starting from a single movement, the performance becomes an intensely entrancing trip. The audience experiences one of the continuous cycles. Night and day emerge. Past, present, and future bundle together, and every end becomes a new beginning.

Made in collaboration with lighting designer Jean Kalman and composer Aart Strootman, The Way You Sound Tonight premiered at the Holland Festival. It was “one of the highlights of the festival”, according to Cultuurpers.

Photo: Piero Tauro

Photo: Piero Tauro

Photo: Sanne Peper

Photo: Sanne Peper

Photo: Sanne Peper



"Best performance of the season." - Lisa Reinheimer, Theatermaker

“The cycle as a frame for the radically implemented flow of continuous movement is a central theme. The performance ends like it begins: one dancer in the dusk, his movement small and intimate. (…) Also the lighting brilliantly fulfills the cyclical nature.” - Alexander Hiskemuller, Trouw

“Arno Schuitemaker surpasses himself with an exquisite The Way You Sound Tonight. (…) Schuitemaker succeeded extraordinarily well to replace the mere visual-esthetic body that dominated the Dutch dance landscape for decades with a sensible, physically resonating effort of the dancers.” – Fransien van der Putt, Cultuurpers


Concept and creation: Arno Schuitemaker
Performers: Ivan Ugrin, Piet Defrancq, Kim Amankwaa, Emilia Saavedra, Stein Fluijt / Mark Christoph Klee / Gaetano Badalamenti
Dramaturgie: Guy Cools
Music composition: Aart Strootman
Lighting design: Jean Kalman
Scenography: Arno Schuitemaker and Jean Kalman

The Way You Sound Tonight is a production by SHARP/ArnoSchuitemaker in coproduction with Holland Festival, Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse, DansBrabant and Le Pacifique CDCN Grenoble ARA in collaboration with CCN2 Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble. With support of ICK Amsterdam and thanks to Het Huis Utrecht. The Way You Sound Tonight is created with contributions by Performing Arts Fund NL, Fonds 21 and NORMA Fonds. SHARP/ArnoSchuitemaker receives multi-year funding by AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts).

© music: Deuss Music, Den Haag

World premiere After After at Julidans in Amsterdam on July 7th →