Arno Schuitemaker


About Arno Schuitemaker

Arno Schuitemaker was born in 1976 in The Netherlands and is based in Amsterdam. His creations include EXIT (2009), TIDE (2011), The Fifteen Project | DUET (2012), I is an Other (2014), WHILE WE STRIVE (2015), Together_till the end (2015), I will wait for you (2016) en If You Could See Me Now.

Stripping them down to their most essentials, Arno Schuitemaker creates his highly physical performances by using the body, movement, music, light and space as his enabling elements. Each performance shapes a unique empathetic relationship between the audience and the performers. His perception-based works are immersive, visceral and mesmerizing, shedding new lights on notions as rhythm, duration and endurance. 

His works have been presented at renowned contemporary dance festivals and theaters in over 15 countries across Europe, and beyond. He is a winner of the Dioraphte Encouragement Award and of the 2nd jury prize at [re]connaissance 2016. Both Dance Europe and tanz magazine have mentioned him as being “one of the leading dance makers in The Netherlands.”

Between 2013 and 2016, he received multiyear support by one of his main coproducers DansBrabant (Tilburg) and he was an artist-in-residence with ICK (Amsterdam) from January 2015 through April 2017. Other organisations that supported his work are CN D Centre national de la danse (Pantin), Centre de Développement Chorégraphique Toulouse / Midi-Pyrénées (Toulouse), HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (Dresden), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen), The Duncan Dance Research Center (Athens), Tanzquartier (Vienna) and Ballet National de Marseille (Marseille).


The work of Arno Schuitemaker is produced by Stichting SHARP/ArnoSchuitemaker. Members of the board are: Mrs. Benien van Berkel (chair), Mr. Roeland Dekkers (secretary) and Ms. Elsbeth Habets (treasurer). SHARP/ArnoSchuitemaker has an ANBI Charitable status. Our RSIN number is 820422939. Contact us here. Read our yearly report 2016 (in Dutch). View our Chamber of Commerce extract. The members of the board do not receive any fees.

SHARP/ArnoSchuitemaker receives multi-year funding by AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts).

Photo: Bowie Verschuuren