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), Together_till the end (2015), and the trilogy for three performers WHILE WE STRIVE (2015), I will wait for you (2016) and If You Could See Me Now (2017). His most recent and largest scale work to date The Way You Sound Tonight premiered at the Holland Festival in June 2018. In June 2019, the Dutch VSCD Dance Jury nominated The Way You Sound Tonight for the award of most impressive dance production.

Compelling, mesmeric, intens—he creates works one has to experience. Using ongoing, perpetual movement, his perception-based performances become immersive and transformative encounters that speak about life and the time we live in. In collaboration with various extraordinary performers, composers and lighting designers each work shapes its own identity and perspective. Often characterized as interdisciplinary, they transcend dance and push its boundaries.

The projects have been presented at renowned theaters and contemporary performing arts festivals in over 15 countries across Europe, and beyond. In Theatermaker magazine, both The Way You Sound Tonight and I will wait for you were selected in the critics lists with the season’s best performances. tanz magazine selected him as one of the most promising choreographers in their yearbook 2017 and by Dance Europe he was mentioned as being “one of the leading dance makers in The Netherlands.” He is a winner of the Dioraphte Encouragement Award and of the 2nd jury prize at [re]connaissance 2016.

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 organizations that support(ed) his work are the Holland Festival, Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse (Paris), CN D Centre national de la danse (Pantin), La Place de la Danse – CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie (Toulouse), O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo), HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (Dresden), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen), The Duncan Dance Research Center (Athens), Tanzquartier (Vienna), Ballet National de Marseille, KLAP Maison pour la danse (Marseille), Le Pacifique CDCN Grenoble ARA and CCN2 Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble.


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The work of Arno Schuitemaker is produced by SHARP/ArnoSchuitemaker. Our office is located at A Lab, Lab 1.10 in Amsterdam. Check out the contact page on the left on how to get in touch with us.

Members of the board are Mrs. Benien van Berkel (chair), Mr. Roeland Dekkers (secretary), Ms. Elsbeth Habets (treasurer) and Mrs. Hakima Nouzi (member). The members of the board do not receive any fees. SHARP/ArnoSchuitemaker has an ANBI Charitable status. Our RSIN number is 820422939.

Read our yearly report 2018 (in Dutch). View our Chamber of Commerce extract.

SHARP/ArnoSchuitemaker receives multi-year funding from 2017 through 2020 by AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts).

Photo: Bowie Verschuuren