Arno Schuitemaker


The Way You Sound Tonight

Radically enacting a temporal experience of the eternal, five performers bring continuous cycles of pulsating movements into being: a rousing universe that shimmers and elates.

The Way You Sound Tonight received the award of most impressive dance production, the Oscar of Dutch dance.

"The Way You Sound Tonight is one of those theater experiences you want to last forever. The dance, the staging of performers and audience, the ongoing stream of music, it all is perfectly right." - VSCD jury 2019.

With audiences sitting on opposite sides across the stage and music all-pervading, the performers—like breath and heartbeat—keep going without any stop in regenerative expansions of space, distance and proximity, night and day. A new intensity dawns: the present never felt so apparent.

Each audience group experiences one hour. Always evolving, the mutual composition of the performers changes each cycle. The performer ending the first cycle, starts the second one and a next audience group enters. It is like returning to a beginning, an echo from the past that resounds and moves into the future. Again and again, this unity ignites a strong synergy that transcends just about everything.

Arno Schuitemaker created The Way You Sound Tonight in collaboration with composer/guitarist Aart Strootman and lighting designer Jean Kalman. The premiere at the Holland Festival 2018 was “one of the highlights”, according to Cultuurpers.


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

“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

“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. (…) The cyclical has also been brilliantly fulfilled with the lighting.” - Alexander Hiskemuller, Trouw

"Hypnotizing movements and electronic minimal music. This is about energy, it creations tension, and it makes you hold your breath.” - VPRO

“…I realize that, as audience, you are part of the performance. It is awesome that Arno Schuitemaker gives us the opportunity to experience this" – Emilia Nova, 8WEEKLY


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

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

Photo: Sanne Peper

Photo: Sanne Peper

Photo: Sanne Peper