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 an attempt to get hold of the inevitable passing of time, The Way You Sound Tonight aims to eternalize a moment. Evolving into a multi-layered universe, the audience experiences one of its continuous cycles, each lasting an hour.

Powered by the pulsating, growing rhythm of breath and heartbeat, the five performers keep going without any stop. Night and day emerge. Starting from a single movement, the performance becomes an intensely entrancing trip. The present, undeniable and amplified, flows right into the body.

Soaring to an endless end, and coming full circle, the one performer that gives a cycle a final touch, makes a comma, a start of what is next. The echo from the past develops into a new beginning. Fragile and elusive, it fuels the life that expands in between.

Arno Schuitemaker, while dealing with a personal loss, created The Way You Sound Tonight both as a realization and as a reminder that in memory things infinitely remain. The performance, created in collaboration with lighting designer Jean Kalman and composer Aart Strootman, premiered at the Holland Festival. It was “one of the highlights”, 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

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