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The Way You Sound Tonight is one of those theater experiences you want to last forever. Schuitemaker succeeds in getting everything perfectly right.” The performance was bestowed with the award of the most impressive dance production in The Netherlands.

In an attempt to get hold of the inevitable passing of time, The Way You Sound Tonight aims to eternalize a moment. Evolving into a multi-layered universe, the audience experiences one of its continuous cycles, each lasting an hour.

Powered by the pulsating, growing rhythm of breath and heartbeat, the five performers keep going without any stop. Night and day emerge. Starting from a single movement, the performance becomes an intensely entrancing trip. The present, undeniable and amplified, flows right into the body.

Soaring to an endless end, and coming full circle, the one performer that gives a cycle a final touch, makes a comma, a start of what is next. The echo from the past develops into a new beginning. Fragile and elusive, it fuels the life that expands in between.

Arno Schuitemaker, while dealing with a personal loss, created The Way You Sound Tonight both as a realization and as a reminder that in memory things infinitely remain. The performance, created in collaboration with lighting designer Jean Kalman and composer Aart Strootman, premiered at the Holland Festival. It was “one of the highlights”, according to Cultuurpers.

"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

concept, choreography

Arno Schuitemaker


performers (5 pax)

KIm Amankwaa

Piet Defrancq

Emilia Saavedra

Ivan Ugrin

Stein Fluijt / 
Mark Christophe Klee /

Gaetano Badalamenti

artistic collaboration, dramaturgy

Guy Cools


Aart Strootman


Jean Kalman


Jean Kalman &

Arno Schuitemaker


SHARP / Arno Schuitemaker


Holland Festival (NL) / Chaillot, Théâtre national de la danse, Paris (FR) / DansBrabant (NL) / Le Pacifique, Centre de développement chorégraphique national de Grenoble en collaboration avec CCN2, Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble (FR)


Performing Arts Fund NL / Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (NL) / Fonds 21 (NL) / NORMA Fonds (NL) / ICKamsterdam (NL)

thanks to

Het Huis Utrecht (NL)


60 min. x 2


no problem


2023, 2024 and after

touring party

10 pax

freight tbc

links & downloads

> performance sheet (EN)

> dossier de diffusion (FR)

> press review

> context

> teaser

> video impression (password)

> HR photos (password)

> technical rider (password)


28 September 2022

Theater De Vest, Alkmaar (NL)

18 December 2021
cancelled - Stadsschouwburg Nijmegen, Nijmegen (NL)


14 December 2021
cancelled - Theater De Veste, Delft (NL)


6 December 2021
cancelled - SPOT, Groningen (NL)


3 December 2021
cancelled - Theater De Vest, Alkmaar (NL)


10 February 2021
(cancelled) Concertgebouw Brugge, Brugge (BE)


27 June 2020
(cancelled) Les Marathon des Mots, Toulouse (FR)


25 April 2020
(cancelled) Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse, Paris (FR)


24 April 2020
(cancelled) Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse, Paris (FR)


17 April 2020
(cancelled) Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht (NL)


14 April 2020
(cancelled) Theater De Veste, Delft (NL)


9 November 2019
Korzo Theater, Den Haag (NL)


4 November 2019
November Music, Den Bosch (NL)


9 October 2019
Romaeuropa, Rome (IT)


8 October 2019
Romaeuropa, Rome (IT)


3 April 2019
Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)


8 February 2019
LUX, Nijmegen (NL)


6 February 2019
De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg (NL)


2 February 2019
Meervaart, Amsterdam (NL)


29 January 2019
Toneelschuur, Haarlem (NL)


27 January 2019
Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)


18 January 2019
Chassé Theater, Breda (NL)


5 August 2018
Festival Boulevard, Den Bosch (NL)


4 August 2018
Festival Boulevard, Den Bosch (NL)

3 August 2018
Festival Boulevard, Den Bosch (NL)


18 June 2018
Holland Festival, Amsterdam (NL)


17 June 2018
Holland Festival / world premiere, Amsterdam (NL)


16 June 2018
Holland Festival / try-out, Amsterdam (NL)


6 June 2018
Holland Festival / try-out, Amsterdam (NL)

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