Art can be every bit as immersive as moving your body to the vibration of a beat on the dance floor. To prove this point, House for Contemporary Culture Het HEM, located in an impressive industrial building on the edge of Amsterdam, is presenting Arno Schuitemaker’s performance If You Could See Me Now.
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 incessant movement flow reinvents itself through luminous, ever-changing
impressions. Seemingly casual yet with great precision, If You Could See Me Now urges
another, closer look.
Arno Schuitemaker created the performance against the backdrop of a rapidly changing
reality to interrogate how to deal with things when they no longer are the way they were.
How do we shift and realign our focus? How to keep going and move forward? From
ecstasy to turmoil, from a meticulous build-up to its fracturing, If You Could See Me Now
goes right to the core of a transformative perspective.
about Arno Schuitemaker
Through a rigorous integration of movement, light, and electronic music, Arno
Schuitemaker, based in Amsterdam, creates performances one has to experience. His
contemporary works immerse the audience, each in their unique way. Rooted in the pages
of his diary, they transform into hyperphysical and embodied meditations on life, and,
consequently, the way we (can) engage with the world. The performances receive praise
for the inventive forms that Arno creates to express and give meaning to universal themes.
They have been presented at renowned venues and contemporary performing arts festivals
in more than 25 countries.
Concept and creation: Arno Schuitemaker
Performers: Stein Fluijt, Ivan Ugrin, Mark Christoph Klee
Dramaturgy: Guy Cools
Music composition: Wim Selles
Lighting design: Vinny Jones
Costumes: Inge de Lange
Event photo: Krunoslav Marinac
If You Could See Me Now is a production by 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). The performance is created with contributions
by Performing Arts Fund NL, Fonds 21, VSBfonds, and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.
Travel note: due to public transport maintenance at Sloterdijk train station, there is a shuttle service set-up between Amsterdam CS and Het Hem. Buy your bus ticket here!