If You Could See Me Now

If You Could See Me Now

Arno Schuitemaker

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Seemingly casual yet with impressive precision, If You Could See Me Now appeals for another look, to look again. Three performers set a chilled-out club dance into a mesmerizing and dizzying wave-like motion, pushing their physical limits until everything morphs into one big chunk of energy, a dense accumulation to transcend to another dimension.
 
At maximal and sweaty exertion, the movement flow audaciously reinvents itself as luminous and ever-changing impressions, evoking intensified moments of perseverance, resilience and perspective. The performance space dilates, dissolves and shifts. Time gets chopped up then blends back together again.
 
From ecstasy to turmoil, from build-up to its dismantling, If You Could See Me Now plays with expectations and shakes them up. It finds a tipping point and tilts performers and audience to something new and unreserved: a liberation.
 

'It is no exaggeration to say that these kind of experiences will determine the future of the theatre. (....) In this liberating dance performance everything falls into place.' ★★★★ Trouw

'Yet another brilliant work, with a progression so subtle that its transformations are sometimes more tangible than directly evident.' ★★★★ NRC

'Magnificent work that subtly plays with your feelings.' ★★★★ Volkskrant

'It is Schuitemaker's great strength to think the art of performance in all its components through and to design it in an experimental setup, which—in the end—exudes the strongest sensuality, originality and bliss.' Tanznetz

concept and creation Arno Schuitemaker performers Stein Fluijt, Ivan Ugrin en Kim Amankwaa dramaturgy Guy Cools music composition Wim Sell lighting design Vinny Jones costumes Inge de Lange technique Natasja Giebels, Vincent Beune photography Sanne Peper production SHARP/ArnoSchuitemaker in coproduction with HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (Dresden, Germany), O Espaço Do Tempo - Associação Cultura (Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal), CN D Centre national de la danse (Pantin, France), KLAP Maison pour la danse (Marseille, France) and Tafelhalle im KunstKulturQuartier (Nuremberg, Germany) with contributions by Performing Arts Fund NL, Fonds 21, VSBfonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

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Arno Schuitemaker is a rising star and not without reason. With great acclaim his performances travel across Europe. The magazines tanz and Dance Europe even named him "the most leading contemporary choreographer in The Netherlands”. During the festival De Nederlandse Dansdagen 2019, Arno won de Zwaan for most impressive dance production with his performance The Way You Sound Tonight.

Using ongoing, perpetual movement, his perception-based works become immersive and transformative encounters that speak about life and the time we live in. Often characterized as interdisciplinary, they transcend dance and push its boundaries.

'Like a power surge, that is what Arno Schuitemaker’s performance feels like. Hypnotizing movements and electronic minimal music. This is about energy, it creates tension, and it makes you hold your breath', wrote VPRO.

'It is no exaggeration to say that these kind of experiences will determine the future of the theatre. (....) In this liberating dance performance everything falls into place. ' Trouw

'Yet another brilliant work, with a progression so subtle that its transformations are sometimes more tangible than directly evident.' NRC 

'Magnificent work that subtly plays with your feelings.' de Volkskrant