About Arno Schuitemaker
Reapproaching performance art and dance, Arno Schuitemaker creates works one has to experience. It has made him one of the most exciting artists of his generation in The Netherlands. Through a strong integration of ongoing, evolving movement with electronic music and impressive lighting designs, his interdisciplinary performances immerse the audience, each in their unique way. They stretch and alter the way we perceive time and space and transform into embodied meditations on life, reflecting the depths of our existence. Rooted in the pages of his diary, Schuitemaker’s work progresses consciously and continuously from project to project. Each creation builds on the previous and leads to the next.
In October 2019, The Way You Sound Tonight, his most recent work, was bestowed with the award of most impressive dance production by the VSCD—the Oscar of Dutch dance. The performance premiered at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam in June 2018 and Cultuurpers called it "one of the highlights of the festival".
Other acclaimed creations include EXIT (2009), TIDE (2011), The Fifteen Project | DUET (2012), I is an Other (2014), Together_till the end (2015), WHILE WE STRIVE (2015), I will wait for you (2016) and If You Could See Me Now (2017).
His performances have been presented at renowned venues and contemporary performing arts festivals in over 20 countries. In Theatermaker, both The Way You Sound Tonight and I will wait for you were selected in the lists of critics as the season’s best performances. tanz magazine selected Arno as one of the most promising artists in their yearbook 2017 and by Dance Europe he was mentioned as being “one of the leading makers in The Netherlands.” He is a winner of the Dioraphte Encouragement Award and the 2nd jury prize at [re]connaissance.
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), Sala Hiroshima (Barcelona), O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo), HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (Dresden), DansBrabant (Tilburg), ICK Amsterdam, 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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Members of the board are Benien van Berkel (chair), Roeland Dekkers (secretary), Elsbeth Habets (treasurer) and Hakima Nouzi (general member). Our office is located at A Lab, Lab 1.10, in Amsterdam.
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