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Arno Schuitemaker - IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW

If You Could See Me Now
If You Could See Me Now

Arno Schuitemaker © Sanne Peper

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If You Could See Me Now
If You Could See Me Now

Arno Schuitemaker © Sanne Peper

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concept, choreography

Arno Schuitemaker


performers (5 pax)

KIm Amankwaa

Stein Fluijt
Johannes Lind or

Ivan Ugrin

artistic collaboration, dramaturgy

Guy Cools


Wim Selles


Vinny Jones


Inge de Lange


Natasja Giebels
Vincent Beune


SHARP / Arno Schuitemaker


HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, Dresden (DE) / O Espaço Do Tempo - Associação Cultura (Montemor-o-Novo (PT), CN D Centre national de la danse, Pantin (FR), KLAP Maison pour la danse, Marseille (FR) and Tafelhalle im KunstKulturQuartier, Nuremberg (DE). 


Performing Arts Fund NL / Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (NL) / Fonds 21 (NL) / VSB Fonds (NL) / Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (NL)


55 minutes


no problem


2022, 2023, 2024 and beyond

touring party

5 to 7 pax

freight none

links & downloads

> performance sheet (EN)

> dossier de diffusion (FR)

> press review

> context

> teaser

> video impression (password)

> HR photos (password)

> technical rider (password)

Seemingly casual yet with impressive precision, If You Could See Me Now seeks another look, to look again. Three performers reshape a chilled-out club dance into a mesmerizing wave-like motion until everything morphs into one big chunk of energy.

At maximal and sweaty exertion, their movement flow reinvents itself as luminous, ever-changing impressions, capturing powerful imprints of perseverance and resilience. Going to the core of a transformative perspective, the performance space dilates and dissolves. Time gets chopped up then blends back together again.

Arno Schuitemaker created If You Could See Me Now to interrogate how to deal with things when they are taking another turn. How can we shift and realign our focus? From ecstasy to turmoil, from a meticulous build-up to its fracturing, If You Could See Me Now plays with expectations and redefines them. Moving through the unsettling, performers and the audience alike arrive at something unreserved and unstrained: 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. " Alexander Hiskemuller, Trouw

"Brilliant work, yet again, with a progression so subtle that its transformations are sometimes more tangible than directly evident." -Francine van der Wiel, NRC Handelsblad

"A magnificent performance, tactfully playing with your emotions." Mirjam van der Linden, de Volkskrant

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


11 April 2023

Espace 1789, Saint-Ouen (FR)

13 April 2023

L’Onde, Espace culturel, Vélizy-Villacoublay (FR)


11 November 2021
International Dance Theatre Festival, Lublin (PL)


25 & 26 September 2021
Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest (HU)


20 July 2021
Kilowatt Festival, Sansepolcro (IT)


7 & 8 June 2021
Dance Week Festival, Zagreb (HR)


​13 April 2021
(cancelled) Espace 1789, Saint-Ouen (FR)


9 April 2021
(cancelled) Festival Extradanse, Strasbourg (FR)


14 November 2020
(cancelled) International Dance Theaters Festival, Lublin (PL)


30 October 2020
(cancelled) dnkSpace, Sofia (BGR)

23 & 24 October 2020
(cancelled) PS21, Chatham (USA)


22 October 2020
(cancelled) De Lawei, Drachten (NL)

17 &  18 October 2020
(cancelled) Annenberg Center, Philadelphia (USA)


​25 & 26 September 2020
(cancelled) Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest (HU)


​17 September 2020
Theater De Vest, Alkmaar (NL)

1, 2 &  3 September 2020
(cancelled) Zeeland Nazomer Festival, Middelburg (NL)


​26 May 2020
(now: online) Interplay Festival, Turin (IT)


19 February 2020
Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)


25 October 2019
Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)


23 October 2019
Biennale de Charleroi danse, Brussels (BE)


21 & 22 June 2019
Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Montreuil (FR)


​2 June 2019
Cyprus International Dance Festival, Limmasol, Cyprus


17 & 18 May 2019
Sala Hiroshima, Barcelona (ES)


​17 April 2019


30 March 2019
Grand Theatre, Groningen (NL)


23 & 24 March 2019
Les Printemps de Sévelin, Lausanne (CH)


​21 March 2019
Schouwburg Odeon, Zwolle (NL)


25 October 2018
Posthuis Theater, Heerenveen (NL)


10 & 11 October 2018
Festival Actoral, Marseille (FR)


​3 October 2018
AINSI, Maastricht (NL)

6 July 2018
Julidans, Amsterdam (NL)


16 May 2018
Joint Adventures, Munich (DE)


14 April 2018
Korzo, Den Haag (NL)


12 April 2018
Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)


11 April 2018
De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg (NL)


4 April 2018
Theater Ins Blau, Leiden (NL)


30 March 2018
Theater aan de Rijn, Arnhem, (NL)


29 March 2018
Theater aan de Rijn, Arnhem (NL)


16 March 2018
de Meervaart, Amsterdam (NL)


22 February 2018
Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch (NL)


30 January 2018
Toneelschuur, Haarlem (NL)


20 January 2018
Chassé Theater, Breda (NL)


19 January 2018
LUX, Nijmegen (NL)

16 & 17 January 2018
Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)


19 December 2017
Frascati (Dutch premiere), Amsterdam (NL)

16 December 2017
Tafelhalle (German premiere), Nuremberg (DE)

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