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.” – Jury VSCD. The performance was bestowed with the award of the most impressive dance production in The Netherlands in 2019.

In temporal experiences of the eternal, five performers bring continuous cycles of pulsating movements into being. Breath and heartbeat, night and day, The Way You Sound Tonight is a multi-layered universe that incorporates the inevitable passing of time. The present, amplified, never felt so apparent.

Sitting on opposite sides across the stage, with the span of an hour, the audience experiences one of the cycles. The performers join, interchange, realign, and transcend. They keep going without any stop. Soaring to an endless end, the one who brings a cycle to a final touch, makes a comma, and leads off the next. The echo from the past evolves into a new beginning, more than once, harmonizing its fragility with possibility and trust — and all that expands in between.

The Way You Sound Tonight premiered at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam in 2018. Cultuurpers called it “one of the highlights of the festival”. Arno Schuitemaker created the performance in collaboration with composer/guitarist Aart Strootman and lighting designer Jean Kalman.

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

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

“…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: 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