Arno Schuitemaker - THE MOMENT, I BEGIN
Creation autumn 2023
Creation autumn 2023
performers (7 p., tbc)
Mark Christophe Klee,
artistic collaboration, dramaturgy
SHARP / Arno Schuitemaker
Performing Arts Fund NL
March - September 2023
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Standing at the front of the stage, facing us, their diversity introduced and in focus, seven performers slowly start moving backwards. As if time is set in reverse and retracts, it is the beginning. The beginning that becomes an opening, not as a way in or out, but as a way towards.
With the back wall arising directly behind them, it takes a while before you notice that they don’t get any closer to the wall. The gap slowly widens. The space extends and its edges drift apart, ebb and ﬂow are weaving in. The Moment, I begin makes performers and audiences become part of something bigger. Pulling like an invisible, saturating current, all submerge into another dimension.
Movement gains momentum, ever-shifting, in all directions. Projecting on the back wall, the perspective is tilted upside-down by a camera recording the performers live from above, a next image multiplies them manifold then blurs into what evokes an unlimited depth. The shining, black-mirroring ﬂoor radiates and reinforces it all. This world, it seems, emits its own gravity. Its horizon, ﬂuid in identity, is where separation and proximity converge.
When the performers are all the way in the back at the end of the performance, they are portrayed largely on the wall, magniﬁed. Their bodies are melted into their images. Movement has vaporized. You can hear their breathing. We have arrived. Deepening the scope of our relationships to the other, distance feels miraculously close. Attraction can merge the near and the far. If only we reach, forward.
Arno Schuitemaker: “To measure distance is to acknowledge that, in life, few distances are ﬁxed. We ask How are you? But what answer do we expect and what answer do we reject? To me, it would be a step ahead, progression, if we realize that sometimes we just want somebody to hold us tight. If we have nothing to lose, there must be something we can gain.”
For The Moment, I begin, next to introducing video technology as an integrated element that mixes live and prerecorded images, Arno Schuitemaker collaborates with composer Aart Strootman to create music that also draws the audience to the stage, strengthening the converging pull to the performers. Arno Schuitemaker has invited performers like Ivan Ugrin, Paolo Yao, and Emilia Saavedra to join the creation, and Guy Cools will again accompany and support the creation as a dramaturg. Conversations with video artists to contribute to this work have started.