About BAU

BAU is an organization for artistic development and innovation within the Amsterdam performing arts, with a focus on independent dance and performance. By doing so, we improve the future prospects of the broadest possible group of independent makers, thus professionalizing and strengthening the field. We do this by:


  • creating opportunities for independent makers to continue to develop themselves by offering an artistic program and to create visibility for their work for an audience
  • facilitation of studio space
  • an international Artist in Residence for dance and performance
  • playing a role in the local and national representation of this sector among policymakers and funds by advizing within the alliance the Creatieve Coalitie.


BAU functions with a BAU Committee of independent makers in the dance, performance and mime sector who contribute to the content of BAU. With this team, which gives advice and thinks along, we maintain the bottom-up mentality, we continue to see what the need is and we can determine the course from the field.


Since its founding by independent makers in 2015, BAU has been committed to filling gaps and developing new formats to give the Amsterdam dance, performance and mimeveld field the tools to strengthen itself from the bottom up. By doing this, BAU gives the independent scene a face and thereby contributes to the development of dance and performance arts in The Netherlands.

Organisation BAU

Daily direction: Eva Villanueva

Financial direction: Marten Oosthoek (interim) 

Marketing/Communication: Iris Peters

Online Agenda: Michael Jahoda


BAU Commitee

Eva Villanueva, Julia Willms, Keren Levi, Marion Traenkle, Marjolein Vogels, Michael Jahoda, Nicole Beutler, Orion Maxted, Sarah van Lamsweerde, Susanne Marx


BAU AIR team

Projectleiders: Sarah van Lamsweerde, Eva Villanueva

Coordinatie: Marjolein Vogels

Communication/PR: Iris Peters

AIR Pool: Priscilla Macintosh, Janneke Raaphorst, Setareh Fateh Irani, Richard John Jones, Annechien van Litsenburg, Christian Guerematchi, Clara Amaral

Coach: Erik Hagoort


Agentschap team:

Michael Jahoda, Marion Traenkle


Board of directors BAU foundation

Nicole van Vessum / chairman

Jeroen Fabius / secretary

Bram de Jaeger / treasurer



Our foundation has the ANBI status. Giving a donation to an ANBI institution is extra attractive because of the tax benefits. For more information, please visit the site of the Belastingdienst.
Statutory name: BAU Foundation
RSIN tax number: 8556 95 687

The aim of the Foundation is: to stimulate and improve the (artistic) development, the production practice and the position of the professional independent dance and performance makers and related artists with an (interdisciplinary) practice in Amsterdam.
In doing so, the Foundation aims to promote the Amsterdam dance and performance climate, as well as anything directly or indirectly related or conducive to this, all in the broadest sense of the word.

We endorse the Governance Code Culture
Remuneration policy according to the cao of Dutch dance.
The board is unremunerated.


Year report 2018

Year report 2019



The independent scene of Amsterdam
In addition to a number of structurally subsidized companies, Amsterdam has a large group of independent artists who work on a project base. Choreographers, performance makers and other independent professionals who work in the (performing) arts, such as dancers / performers, composers, musicians, dramaturges and light / sound designers. Many of them are educated in the internationally recognized, often interdisciplinary educational institutes in Amsterdam: The Academy of Theater and Dance (DAS Choreography, DAS Theater, SNDO, the Expanded Contemporary Dance, Mime, Production Performing Arts, Scenography, Design & Technology etc) and the ROC. But also courses such as the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, the Rijksacademie of visual arts and the Sandberg Institute.
Together with the structurally subsidized companies, this group of artists forms the landscape and fertile soil on which art can thrive. This scene benefits from connecting activities, preventing fragmentation and increasing visibility. Often these artists (beginners, mid-careers and seniors) have a lot of knowledge and the innovation manifests itself the most in this group.