Arno Schuitemaker


The Way You Sound Tonight

potentially, this performance is infinite
in the infinity, it is all about the now
every now is new

The Way You Sound Tonight is created as an 'acoustic ballroom’, a space where movement is obvious and electronic music is omni-present. Five performers and their pulsating movements take the audience—sitting on two sides of the stage—into a reality that is radically enacted. There is no beginning and no end.

The performers keep going non-stop, bringing one-hour cycles into being that could last for an eternity: distance and proximity, night and day, breath and heartbeat. In each cycle, the performer's mutual composition varies. The audience group that firstly joins this hypnotizing continuum has a slightly different encounter than the group that is part of the next hour.

Boundless in energy, The Way You Sound Tonight streams and steams. It is an intensifying and trance-like experience that transcends, and then lastingly resounds.

The Way You Sound Tonight premiered at the Holland Festival 2018. Cultuurpers called it "one of the highlights".



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

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

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

“…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: Revé Terborg, Ivan Ugrin, Piet Defrancq, Jade Stenhuijs, Stein Fluijt / Mark Christoph Klee / Gaetano Badalamenti
Dramaturgie: Guy Cools
Music composition: Aart Strootman
Lighting design: Jean Kalman
Styling costumes: Jorrien Schoneveld

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