Space for the artistic development of performing arts, research and presentation
BAU is a breeding ground for independent makers in the performing arts. Covering the full breadth of the field of dance, performance and crossovers with, for example, music, visual art and architecture.
BAU initiates a wide variety of activities including residencies, labs and work-in-progress presentations. In doing so, we make the artistic development of performing artists accessible and visible to the public.
For these activities BAU manages two studios in the Entrepotdok 4 building in Amsterdam. These studios are also available for rent with extra attractive rates for independent makers based in Amsterdam.
As a member of the Creative Coalition, BAU is committed to the interests of the independent performing arts field.
Artistic leader/curator: Eva Villanueva
Financial direction: Karin van den Berg
Marketing/Communication: Iris Peters
Production: Marjolein Vogels
Board of directors BAU foundation
Nicole van Vessum / chairman, Director of Theatre Festival De Parade
Jeroen Fabius / secretary, Artistic director DAS Choreography/Academie voor Theater en Dans
Sanne Boersma / treasurer, Financial director Likeminds
BAU has an advisory team comprised of independent makers in the field of dance and performing arts. Through regular consultation we stay informed about current events in the performing arts and are connected to a large network in the cultural field.
RSIN tax number: 8556 95 687
Chamber of Commerce: 64505774
Statutory name: BAU Foundation
The purpose of the foundation is: to produce and present artistic activities and events. The foundation aims to promote the performing arts in Amsterdam and beyond, including everything that is directly or indirectly related or beneficial to this, in the broadest sense.
We endorse the Governance Code Culture
Remuneration policy according to the cao of Dutch dance.
The board is unremunerated.
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. In addition to 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 in 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 are the drivers of innovation in the performing arts scene.