After After

After After
03 Dec '24
Arno Schuitemaker

In his latest work, After After, choreographer Arno Schuitemaker explores a question posed by the young Italian philosopher Federico Campagna: “How can we help the creation of new worlds out of the ruins of our own?” With a team of seven dancers, Schuitemaker begins with a blank canvas, setting the stage for an exhilarating and mesmerizing journey into the unknown.

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Genre Dance
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After After


Playing in the background is the idea Campagna describes in his work: how each of the civilisations we have known so far – the Egyptian, the Greek, the Roman and so on – reached a climax each time, only to disintegrate. In Campagna's view, the world has arrived at the end point of neoliberal or capitalist society: there is no way out. In After After, Arno Schuitemaker does not focus on showing the ruins, but undertakes a search for how we can create new worlds.

In After After, he advocates for an attempt: “Continuing to strive is crucial for our existence. How might these new worlds emerge? What could we sketch on a blank canvas?” His dancers compose a diverse cast, bursting with energy and dynamism, where each individual's strength takes center stage. The stage is their playground, their bodies the instruments, their versatility the key. A radically transformative set design shapes the surprising staging.
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Schuitemaker is recognized as one of the most innovative creators of our time. His work is praised for its hypnotic power and the inventive forms he creates, which feel both intimate and universal. With successful productions like The Way You Sound Tonight (honored with de Zwaan for most impressive dance production in 2019) and 30 Appearances Out of Darkness (2022), he breaks boundaries between dance, performance, visual arts, and club culture. He collaborates once again with the renowned lighting designer Jean Kalman and composer Aart Strootman, who specially composes layered electronic music for After After.

About Arno Schuitemaker

Enchanting and hyper-physical, Arno Schuitemaker creates work that must be experienced. With his performances, he breaks boundaries between dance, performance, visual art and club culture. They are praised for the inventive forms he creates with themes where the intimate meets the universal. His work has been featured on leading stages and festivals in more than 25 countries. In June 2022 the proposition 30 appearances out of darkness premiered at the Holland Festival and landed in the top 5 best performances of the season in the Volkskrant. In October 2019, The Way You Sound Tonight received a Zwanen prize for most impressive dance production. The Zwanen are considered the most important dance awards within the Dutch performing arts.

Credits


creation Arno Schuitemaker
performers Jim Buskens, Camilla Bundel, Ashley Ho, Frederik Kaijser, Orla McCarthy, Angelo Petracca en Paolo Yao
dramaturgy Miguel Angel Melgares
music composition Aart Strootman
lightning design Jean Kalman
scenography Jean Kalman en Arno Schuitemaker
costumes Saša Kovacevic
technique Ruben Lijbers en Sander Schaart
repetitor Mark Christoph Klee
production Björn van Raaij en Lynn Gommes
publicity Jannes Heidinga


The choreography for the show is developed in partnership with the performers.

After After is a production by SHARP/ArnoSchuitemaker and is supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Ammodo.

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