Greetings everyone,

With this newsletter we hope to inspire, inform and support you all with some updates of what we’re working on and with some explanatory news. Read on to find out what the topic of this years BAU LAB is, what’s happening with the SED and what the f#ck this Kunstenplan tumult is all about.

By the way, it was lovely to see some of your faces Friday the 13th of September at our Open BAU Gathering at de Brakke Grond. Thank you for coming!


BAU LAB: What is (a)life performance?

With our BAU LAB’s - organised once or twice a year - it is our aim is to cross fertilize disciplines, to create space for experiment, and to have an insight into each others practices; which could potentially lead to new and unexpected collaborations. This years BAU LAB will focus on Performance & BioArt and will be organised in November in collaboration with Waag | technology & society. We’re inviting four specialists from the BioArt scene who will be giving an insight in their practice, which can serve as inspiration for the work created in the lab.

The BAU LAB will most probably take place in the third week of November (the week of 18th - 22 Nov). Exact dates and more info coming soon!



Looking for an affordable workspace? We still have a few spots left at our soon to be opened co-workingspace! BAU Co-Workingspace is a communal office space where you can meet your peers, exchange experience and knowledge, help one another, and get to know new people from the Amsterdam dance and performance field. We’re planning to open up the BAU Co-Workingspace this fall, in Amsterdam Oost.
Interested? Please send an email to


BAU invites you to come to a work-in-progress presentation by choreographer Keren Levi | NeverLike and Slagwerk Den Haag. There is space for 10 people to join the presentation on Thursday 26th of September 2019 at 19.00hrs at Veem House for Performance, in Amsterdam.

a musicdance performance
3 dancers and 2 percussionists
wearing sensors on their bodies
bring into being a landscape of voices and sounds
in a performance about the loss of language

What: work-in-progress presentation by Keren Levi | NeverLike and Slagwerk Den Haag
When: Thursday 26th of September 2019
Time: 19.00hrs
Entrance: free
Where: Veem House for Performance, Van Diemenstraat 408-410, Amsterdam

If you are interested to come reserve by sending an email to with the reference BAU Try Out. If you made a reservation but in the end need to cancel, please let us know, then we can invite the next person on the list.



FOLLOW-UP SED (Stimuleringsregeling Eigentijdse Dans)

Sadly the SED* disappeared last year, which created a lot of discussion and disappointment in the scene. The update on the SED is as follows: Cultuur + Ondernemen and De Gemeente recently had an evaluation on the SED and they concluded that the arrangement has been very valuable in various regards; for makers but also for studio owners. They concluded that the SED has been successful. At this moment the AFK, De Gemeente and Cultuur + Ondernemen are researching the possibilities of a continuation of the SED.

*What is the SED? Under the wings of the organisation Cultuur + Ondernemen the SED came into being in 2015 to stimulate freelance dance and performance professionals living in Amsterdam. The arrangement helped makers to cover the costs of rent for studio space.


In November and December we still have some spots available at our studio’s. If you’re looking for a space to rehearse, send us an email.



The interest in starting a Broodfonds (as a result of our Open BAU Broodfonds Meeting) has not been sufficient so far, so we decided to quit the search for members. We’re sorry for the ones who were genuinely interested. If you have any questions regarding this topic, please email



BAU is currently developing potential LABS and workshops for the coming period. Besides that we're also researching the needs for open morning trainings for professionals in general.
We would like to ask if any of you (makers) would be interested in having the opportunity to work with a larger groups (+/- 10 freelance dancers) for a day intensive or for a weekend. The aim is to provide makers with a chance to explore questions on a larger physical scale, and to create a new framework where the independent makers and the freelance dancers in Amsterdam can meet and exchange ideas and expertise on the floor.

If you have any other ideas or needs for mornings trainings or workshops, please let us know asap:

THANK YOU: Giulio D’Anna!
Our dear member of the BAU Core Team has left us a few months ago. Giulio has decided to make some more space for his own projects. Herewith we would like to thank him for his time and consideration for BAU. Go for it Giulio! :)


WHAT'S ALL THE FUZZ ABOUT? Kunstenplan 2021-2024 for dummies

It’s the talk of the town. Kunstenplan-stress. If you have no idea what all this uproar is about, we’ll explain it for you. ‘Het Kunstenplan’ is the policy on arts and culture in the Netherlands that shifts every four years. In other words it is the way in which the money for all the different art disciplines is divided, (the structural funding but also the total amount reserved for project subsidies).

At this moment the plans are being crystallized for a new period, Het Kunstenplan 2021-2024. Companies, makers and institutions who want to work with structural funding need to apply. Some are already working with structural funding and want to continue their practice, others are working with project funding but want to get structural funding in the coming years. As an applicant you have to present your plan for the next four years, artistically and financially according the presented policies (link).

Who gives four-year grants?
The two most important parties are the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Fonds Podiumkunsten. The provinces and municipalities also have their own four-year subsidy schemes. In Amsterdam these are: Gemeente Amsterdam and Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK).


What is the difference between these schemes?
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science created the BIS (basic infrastructure of cultural institutions) as an overarching organ to fund "a high-quality range of institutions of (inter)national significance". There is a limited number of places in the BIS for institutes with fixed functions. The institutions that do not qualify for this are directed to the Fonds Podiumkunsten. Institutions (both within and outside the BIS) can also apply for a subsidy from the province and municipality. Big cities have their own policy with their own criteria. In Amsterdam the Kunstenplan also consists of two parts: the A-BIS (Amsterdam-BIS) and the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts). 


Who decides?
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (BIS) and the Fonds Podiumkunsten are being advised by the Raad voor Cultuur. In our previous Newsletter we already gave you an insight in the newly published advisory report by the Raad voor Cultuur, which concerns the national policy. 

The Amsterdam Kunstenplan is being advised by the Amsterdamse Kunstraad. They have also published two advisory reports on policy in Amsterdam: namely Kunst, Culturele Diversiteit en Inclusiviteit in Amsterdam-de volgende stap (link) and Advies A-Bis 2021-2024 (link). In November the definite policy will be presented by the city of Amsterdam.Both committees give advice to the policy makers but such advice doesn’t automatically get turned into policies.


Watch this short clip/infographic for more info on the Amsterdam Kunstenplan (in Dutch)

So if you hear people chattering about their Kunstenplan-stress. Now you know. Plans for coalitions or collaborations for the next few years are being forged and discussed these days, in order to strategically find some governmental funding, either in the BIS or at a Fund. Most of you are perhaps working with project subsidy so the changes in the policy of the funds are most important for you. We will keep you updated in our next newsletter.


- Debate on The State of the Dutch Dance @ Maastricht, October 4
At the Nederlandse Dansdagen ‘The State of Dutch Dance’ will be presented. After the presentation there will be a debate.

- Ditdit-dada-ditdit @ De Ruimte, September 27
A tight embrace of food, dance, music, (Dutch) poetry and theatre. €16,50 for three courses and 12,50 for all the performances.

- Noiserr - The Perrforrmance Edition @ Butcher’s Tears, September 28
This event is a performative celebration of undisciplined learning and contaminating through sound, kicking off the new season of Noiserr at Butcher's Tears! (Noiserr is an interdisciplinary research group centered around explorations of Noise via deconstructed reading and listening sessions.)

- Transnatural - In the Age of Post-Drought @ Eye Filmmuseum, October 1
An evening with Transnatural, an organisation dedicated to promoting artists and designers who work with new technologies and science. This evening artists will be addressing the theme of water. The programme includes a film by Nicky Assmann and Joris Strijbos and performances by TeZ & Federico Murgia and Robertina Šebjanič.

Friday, September 13th at 4.30pm

Dear independent makers!


We warmly invite you for a casual get-together during Amsterdam Fringe Festival next week. It would be great to open the cultural season collectively, after a (way too short) summer break. Please come Friday the 13th to the foyer of the Brakke Grond and join us for drinks to kick off a new exhilarating dance and performance season. Let’s gather and discuss current projects, potential projects, utopian projects, dystopian projects, perhaps the lack of projects or possibly the need to stop working on so much projects… or just exchange sweet summer stories.

Aukje Verhoog, director of Amsterdam Fringe Festival, will be giving a short introduction on this years program.

And please don't forget that you still have the possibilty to see what your collegues have been working on, this week at Fringe.


We look forward to seeing you there!


→ Friday the 13th of September at 4.30 pm @ Brakke Grond ←
Click here to check the Facebook event
Please RSVP:


Hello dear all!


We hope you’re doing fine! As with the fluctuating weather these days, we have all sorts of news for you in this newsletter. We have some appealing invitations for events and for our new Co-Working Space. This letter also includes some alarming words about the upcoming changes in the policy for the arts and for freelancers. And lastly, we hope we can inspire you with a few summer recommendations!


OPEN BAU MEETING - 6 July 2019
We are pleased to invite you to our next Open BAU Meeting organised next to Julidans Extended in collaboration with Festival WhyNot. In this meeting we will focus on the topic of curating within the dance and performance field. We are interested to see how different programmers and curators make their artistic choices, where they go to discover ‘new’ work and what kind of social or political circumstances are defining their practice.

The word curating - coming from the visual arts - is quite a new term in the performing arts, which asks for an explanation in this unknown context. Does curating for example involve something else when situated in a theatre or black box? And more importantly, for whom does a curator curate? To go into questions like these we would like to organise a moment where a few curators/programmers have an open moderated conversation. We believe this is a relevant topic for independent makers for whom it has become more complicated in the current circumstances of the field to have their work seen. An insight into the practice of a curator can be useful within is framework.

We are very happy to reveal our first guest speaker for the meeting: Ravian van den Hil, programmer at Holland Festival. The names of the other guest speakers will follow soon.
They will each tell us something about their practice as a curator or programmer, which will be followed by an open conversation.


This Open BAU Meeting will be a brunch edition (with vegetarian snacks) starting at 11.15 on Saturday the 6th of July at the Belcampo Studio in Amsterdam West. Please register your attendance by sending an email to with the reference Open BAU Meeting.

After the meeting you’re very welcome to join WhyNot x Julidans: OFF VENUE, a cycling route passing architectural locations where performances will be seen. This ‘dance & bike tour’ will start at 14.00, just outside of Belcampo. More info about reservations and the time table of WhyNot x Julidans: OFF VENUE can be found here.


What: Open BAU Meeting Brunch edition
Topic: On curating
When: Saturday 6 July 2019
Time: 11.15 - 13.45
Entrance: free
Where: Belcampo Studio, Hannie Dankbaarpassage 10, Amsterdam


BAU CO-WORKING SPACE - Starting in September 2019
We gladly announce that we found a new BAU Co-Working Space! The BAU Co-Working Space is a shared office space for independent makers from the dance and performance field. At this shared office you will have the possibility to do production work, meet your peers, exchange experience and knowledge, support or advise one another and hold meetings. The beautiful space is on a great location, situated at The Mirror Centre in Amsterdam Oost and will be opened in September 2019. This means we’re looking for tenants! 10 persons to be exact. For €50,- ex. VAT per month you’ll be able to think along in forming this space to your desires.


If you're interested send an email to


More info about the Co-Working Space



Another BAU Try Out is coming up! The concept of the BAU Try Out is that BAU invites people from the BAU network to come to a work-in-progress presentation. This BAU Try Out will present work by choreographer Roos van Berkel. There is space for five people to join the studio presentation on Tuesday the 2nd of July at 20.00 at BAU in Amsterdam.

About the work:

Roos van Berkel received an AFK development grant to advance her interdisciplinary practise focused on dance and technology. This presentation/reflection will include a short work-in-progress created together with physicist Tom Bergman and performance artists Marion Tränkle and Ivo Bol.

Note this invitation is only for independent makers.

If you are interested in coming, please make a reservation by sending an email to with the reference BAU Try Out. If you want to cancel your reservation please let us know, we’ll invite the next person on the list.


What: work-in-progress presentation by Roos van Berkel
When: Tuesday 2 July 2019
Time: 20.00
Entrance: free
Where: BAU (big studio), Entrepotdok 4, Amsterdam

In April The Raad voor Cultuur (the Council for Culture: a body established by law to advise the Dutch Government and Parliament on the arts, culture and media) has published their advisory report for the cultural policy plan for the period 2021-2024, called ‘Cultuur dichtbij, dicht bij cultuur’. For an English summary of the plan click here. The minister of Culture, Ingrid van Engelshoven, has responded to that advise by publishing her new policy on the 11th of June.


In general the new cultural policy comprehends that the money is shifted from the FPK (Performing Arts Fund/Fonds Podiumkunsten) to the BIS (Basic Infrastructure for Culture). In short this means that there will be less money for the FPK to spend, to note that the FPK is already over-solicited. For smaller structural subsidized companies and independent makers it will be a bottleneck. The Fair Practice Code is fully embraced by politicians but instead of adding money, budgets are shifted; in this case from the FPK to the bigger institutes so they can bring the Fair Practice Code into reality. With this policy the ecosystem of dance and performance will be completely disturbed. In this article it is explained quite well.


At this moment there are many meetings organized by interest groups/branch associations like NAPK, Kunsten ‘92 and the funds to reflect on this presented policy. These organizations help make it possible to collectively react and make changes before the plan starts in 2021. Yesterday Ronald Wintjens, director of the Nederlandse Dansdagen, represented the interest of the dance field in a hearing in the parliament that was prepared with the support of many cultural organizations in the field of dance, including BAU. You can read his text here.

We know lobbying is the most difficult for independent makers, but please try to be aware of what is happening and let that be the start of a stronger lobby. With BAU we do our utmost best, but we are also a small institution and need your support.



A short update on the Broodfonds situation. Our last Open BAU Meeting was dedicated to this subject considering our understanding that there is a need and an interest in this topic. Since that meeting we have collected a few people who are genuinely interested in starting up a Broodfonds, but the group is too small. We need at least 25 people to start with, at this moment we have 15 people. So please spread the word because if in the end there is not enough enthusiasm, we will unfortunately have to leave the issue... If you’re interested send an email to!

The government, the employers associations and the unions have come to a new pension deal which also concerns agreements for freelancers. The deal includes a clause stating that all freelancers will have to have insurance to cover in case they become unable to work through ill health - something which only around 20% of freelancers currently have. Organisations representing the self employed (like ZZP NL) have reacted furiously to the news about the disability insurance since they believe in the own responsibility of the freelancer to cover the risks that come with being self employed.

The question is whether a Broodfonds insurance will be considered as legal alternative for such an insurance. At this moment this is still unclear. Besides, the deal is not definite yet and we don’t know all the details of the agreements. We have to see how this deal will evolve, we will keep you updated!


More info


If you want you can sign this petition to say no against the compulsory disability insurance for freelancers.


BAU AGENCY & BAU AIR (artist-in-residency) UPDATES


Since the last newsletter, research team leaders Marion Tränkle and Michael Jahoda have met with their two coaches, Marie-Anne Rudolphi and Vincent van Kekerix to refine the research plan. Their first ideas are taking shape which we will put to the test during the coming months. Come to the Open BAU meeting on 6 July to meet the research team and learn more about the project.

The BAU AIR team consists of Sarah van Lamsweerde, Bibi Scholten van Aschat and Eva Villanueva, supported by coach Erik Hagoort. At the moment we’re setting up an AIRpool focusgroup, a sounding board and feedback group, with people who are willingly to think a long and sharpen our ideas. Furthermore we’re talking with experts in the field of residencies, besides the Netherlands we’re also visiting residencies in Germany and Belgium.



  • Antidote Festival
    A three day happening (28-30 June) in a Dutch forest where thirty five young international dance and performance artists will come together to join forces.
  • ISO
    A gigantic creative workspace near Sloterdijk, also available for rent! The 28th of June they’ll celebrate their first year anniversary with a BBQ and they’ll be opening up the ISO Ateliers.
  • We Live Here
    A yearly summer academy offering two laboratory programmes with workshops, lectures, expeditions, How-Do-You-Work sessions and visits to Julidans.
    8-12 July @ the BAU Studio’s
  • Henny Jurriens: Open Trainstorm Session
    A moment to share your ideas about how the Henny Jurriens Studio can be even more of service to our dance community. They’ll be interested to have your input for their plans for the coming years.
    25 June 2019 @ Cafe Belcampo
  • Yuli
    A dance film, a mix between fictional and autobiographical, about Carlos Acosta, who danced at the Royal Ballet of London.




Ancestors & Strangers


8 - 12 July 2019
BAU Studio’s, Entrepotdok 4, Amsterdam


WE LIVE HERE is a yearly summer academy at the end of the cultural season proposing time for experimentation, research and reflection beyond the scope of individual projects or production agendas. For the 9th time we invite professionals active in different fields of the performing arts and beyond to join a temporary community, to work and think together. WE LIVE HERE offers two Laboratory programmes with workshops, lectures, expeditions, How-Do-You-Work sessions and visits to Julidans.

The summer academy takes on a slightly different shape each year. This year’s edition presents two Labs. Nicole Beutler invited performance duo Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot to host the Ancestor Project Lab. This year’s guest curator Keren Levi asked Switzerland based choreographer Simone Aughterlony to come over and share her practice in the Remaining Stranger Lab.

WE LIVE HERE was first  initiated in 2011 by Nicole Beutler, Marijke Hoogenboom and Andrea Bozic in  order to create time and space for  reflection and encounter, a space and time  to refuel at the end of a season. This years edition is a Nicole Beutler Projects production, in collaboration with Keren Levi | Neverlike, Theater Rotterdam, BAU and Julidans.


Are you interested in joining?
Send an email with CV and a short motivation to 

We ask all participants to make a contribution of €200 euro which covers the laboratory, the How Do You Work sessions, the excursion and a delicious vegan lunch and dinner for all days, as well as tickets to two Julidans performances. It's is only possible to attend one of the two labs, all the other activities (the How Do You Work sessions, the excursion, lunch and dinner and the visits to the Julidans performances) will be with all partcipants together.




Ancestor Project Lab

In The Ancestor Project Lab, Suzan Boogaerdt en Bianca van der Schoot work in close collaboration with video artist Roderik Biersteker. You will develop a contemporary ritual to honour the ancestors. From the idea that history is not what actually happened but how you choose to remember it, you will create a room for transformation, a space in which the virtual world and our technological extensions are part of a new Ancestral Altar. The research will look into a way how we can turn our wounds, or the wounds of the world, into sources of power by shedding the stories of our past. We will develop a ritual in which we can dump our historical baggage, the narrative we inherited over the course of thousands of years and many lifetimes – the story that drew us to our current family. If we can break these “ancestral curses” we can move on and we can create the new narratives the world needs nowadays. In the workshop the saga of our parents will be the inspiration to look into a possible future, into the evolution of our human body and our collective mind.


Remaining Stranger Lab

The Remaining Stranger Lab proposes an inclusive and accumulative approach to devising viable strategies for affective relations with others that hold difference rather than assimilate the other. How do we sense and foster the dimension of strange in each other, in the fundamental experience of not being at home in the world? Drawing on ideas and often contradictions steeped in the local, the figure of the chameleon and the guest/host relation we will experiment with temporary associations, exchanges and intimacies that are not rationed by normative aspects of building and unifying. Here, consensus might mean something closer to embracing the ungovernable – inviting many subjectivities, desires and activities to play out in their own particular ecology of relations.

(Photo by Bas de Brouwer, Come Together)


Hello dear people,

Spring has sprung! The flowers are sprouting and so are some new projects at BAU! With this newsletter, we would like to give you an update of what we are currently busy with, as well as sharing some information about upcoming activities. We also have some reading, viewing and visiting tips in store for you.


After a successful edition during the Polyphonic Songs program at Veem House for Performance at the end of November, we would like to draw your attention to the next Open BAU Meeting. We hope we will meet you there!



Another Open BAU Meeting is coming soon! On the 6th of May the next network meeting for the Amsterdam independent dance and performance field will be held in our building at Entrepotdok 4.


The focus of this meeting will be on a Broodfonds (a type of insurance- collective). Two-thirds of the self-employed entrepreneurs have not made any arrangements for the possibility that they become incapacitated for work. Disability insurance (AOV) is often unaffordable for this group. We have noticed that this form of uncertainty plays a major role in the independent dance and performance field. But luckily there is an alternative: a Broodfonds! This is a way to financially support each other in times of illness or accidents.


Would you like to know more about this method of insuring against calamity? Would you like to ask questions or take concrete steps after realizing that you want to join a Broodfonds? Then come to BAU on May 6 at 8:00 PM. The evening will be held in both Dutch and English. *Translation can be provided for those who need it during the discussion.


Be sure to let us know before 26 April if you are coming by sending an e-mail with the reference "Open BAU Meeting 6 May" to This evening can only happen if we have at least 25 people present.



We are incredibly pleased that we have received a two-year development grant from the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) for the period 2019/2020. With this grant we have started two projects: the development of an international Artist in Residence for dance and performance in Amsterdam and a research into the possibilities of an agency/production agency that could potentially sell and possibly produce the work of the independent makers.


We believe that these two projects are important because we currently lack and Artist in Residence for dance and performance in Amsterdam with a rehearsal space large enough for a maker from outside Amsterdam to work with a larger cast here. Sleeping places are also very expensive in the city. Artist in Residencies make the city lively and interesting, so we are therefore arguing for time and space for artists. That’s why we’re investigating whether a paid residence location with (multiple) sleeping places can be realized. We hope to complete the necessary preliminary research in 2019 and start a pilot in 2020.


We also proclaim that there is a need for a dance and performance agency that sells and/or produces work from independent makers, at home and abroad. Agencies such as Bureau Berbee and Theaterzaken Via Rudolphi mainly represent theater makers or structurally subsidized dance makers. This is why BAU is investigating how an agency could function, what the revenue models could look like and how it could be realized.



Saskia van der Kroef, our business manager, unfortunately had to leave us in January. Martha van Meegen is currently working with us as our interim business manager, and we are looking for someone who will strengthen our team for one day a week. Do you know someone who would be interested? If so, please let us know. Furthermore, as of January of this year, Bibi Scholten van Aschat has been working with us as a production manager/assistant business manager. And our core team member Riccardo Guratti no longer sits on our committee due to his departure abroad. We thank him enormously for what he did for BAU!



It is with great pleasure that we share a brief retrospective of the fourth edition of our dance and performance event COME TOGETHER in Frascati. On January 24, 25 and 26 2019, fifty independent Amsterdam artists showed their work in progress in all various spaces of Theater Frascati. COME TOGETHER, which is a coproduction between BAU, Nicole Beutler Projects, NeverLike, and Frascati, is a manifesto and a celebration of Amsterdam's many innovative and contemporary makers and at the same time an invitation to the broader Amsterdam arts field to come together and get together to work. Over the course of three days a wide variety of work was shown and interesting encounters abounded. It was once again a successful edition. Do you want to look back to what the line up of the event was? Then click on this link.



In the fall of 2018 a visionary document has been written collectively by various sub-sectors of the dance field as a response to "Alles Beweegt" (the sector advice from the Raad voor Cultuur; advisory counsel for culture at the government). Finally the OC&W committee (Ministry for Education, Culture and Science) has notified that they have received this document in good order, have read it with interest and will take it in consideration in the realization of the OC&W budget. We look forward to the new four-year cultural policy plan, starting in 2021, and hope that our advice will be included in the decision-making process.


Also, on Thursday the 11th of April the Raad voor Cultuur has published a new general advice for the arts for the period 2021-2014. Have a look at it here.



The BAU Co Working Space, which was located in the Dansmakers building in 2018, has come to an end at this location in 2019 due to the uncertain future scenario for this building. BAU is currently looking for a replacement location and talking with a number of parties. We will keep you informed of any developments. Are you looking for a nice Co Working Space? Let us know. We will gladly check the interest that is currently there.



The Danswerf project was an initiative, with a number of partners from the dance field (including BAU), to set up a collaborative structure aimed at innovation and development within the Amsterdam dance sector and for the preservation of the current Dansmakers building for the scene.


The submitted application for the "Danswerf" project was soundly rejected by the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst. The various organizations involved will write their own individual plans for the coming Kunstenplan period. But the Danswerf meetings have not been in vain. New cooperative plans are emerging from this initiative. For example, the parties BAU, Veem House for Performance, The National Ballet and the Academy of Theater and Dance in collaboration with Nicole Beutler Projects and NeverLike, are sitting around the table to come up with an idea for a joint set up and sustainable structure for dance and performance in Amsterdam.




- Commonism, A New Aesthetics of the Real. Nico Dockx and Pascal Gielen (eds). Valiz, 2018.

- Plan And Play, Play And Plan - Defining Your Art Practice. Janwillem Schrofer. Valiz, 2018.



- TapasTheater, a new and unique pick'n mix theater experience in Amsterdam.

- Ritman Library houses the largest collection of books and manuscripts in Europe in the Hermetica, Alchemy, Mysticism, Rose Cross, (Western) Esoteric and Comparative Religious Studies collection areas.



- Cinetree collects high-quality arthouse films and docs for you to watch.

- Crème is a newsletter for and by Amsterdammers. You will be introduced to the proliferation of cultural offerings in the city.



  • we have a dance and performance agenda on the BAU website?
  • we have a jobs and calls page on the BAU website?
  • that you can have your data placed on our website so that you are easier to find for other professionals? Send your info to, if you want to join the database.

On 24, 25 and 26 January 2019, Theater Frascati will fly the colours of the fourth edition of the dance and performance event COME TOGETHER. Three days long fifty artists will be showing their work in all the spaces and interspaces of the theatre in Amsterdam. COME TOGETHER is a manifesto and a celebration of the many innovative and contemporary makers that Amsterdam is rich in and at the same time it's a clarion call to the broader Amsterdam arts field to come together and work together. Performance makers from different generations and backgrounds convene to share insights, develop thought, meet colleagues and present their ideas to the public. A 'work in progress', an interdisciplinary dance piece, a multi-media lecture, a work session, an artistic manifesto on the bar, or a performance in print: during COME TOGETHER, the makers and the audience alike get a chance to discover and experience performance works in all their facets, disciplines and stages of development within a single context.

COME TOGETHER #4 is curated by Nicole Beutler, Keren Levi, Eva Villanueva, Eva Susova, Justa ter Haar & Riccardo Guratti. It is produced by Nicole Beutler Projects, NeverLike, BAU Platform for dance and performance and Frascati, supported by Jacuzzi, ICK, Veem House for Performance, Leine Roebana and Dokzaal


On December the 3rd the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) announced the decisions of the two-year grants 2019-2020, as part of the Amsterdam Arts Plan 2017-2020. The AFK handled a total of 33 applications, eighteen of these applications were granted (55% of the total).


We are very happy with the news that BAU is one of the eighteen initiatives that will be supported the coming two years!!!

This meeting will take place within the framework of the 100 Days program of Veem House for Performance, and will be part of a special three-day program called Polyphonic Songs;
a collaboration between Veem, Nicole Beutler Projects, Neverlike and BAU. For more info about this program click here.


Sharing moment ‘Our Voices’
For this meeting BAU offers 10 independent makers the opportunity to share their work with the attendees. We sent out an open call for proposals and have selected 10 makers from this list.
Each maker will be offered 7 minutes for their sharing/asking/pitching/showing.
This moment of sharing will give them the opportunity to practise the so-called "format pitch", which is becoming a more common method of connecting and sharing work.
If this is successful we will look into repeating this format for other ‘Our Voices’.


Are you interested to share your work on this day and you didn't get the open call? Please let us know by sending an email to:


Food and performance!
We will have some food/snacks provided during the BAU Meeting and after the meeting you are welcome to attend the performances in Veem.
You can order tickets for the performances via this link

- LIVE (work in progress) by Cherish Menzo
-1: SONGS by Nicole Beutler (Nicole Beutler Projects)


Please let us know by email if you're planning to come: with the reference ‘BAUmeeting’. We would really appreciate the advanced notice to be sure we will have food for everyone.

Hope to seeing you there!
We also encourage you to come to day two and three of Polyphonic Songs…....

Veem House for Performance
Van Diemenstraat 408-410
1013 CR Amsterdam


OPEN BAU Meetings:
Once every two months, an OPEN BAU meeting takes place, each time at a different location. These are meetings for the independent dance and performance network.
Here the current state of the dance and performance arts is discussed, there is room for ideas and exchanges and BAU can actively engage in change.

BAU Newsletter Nov 2018

It has been quite some time since we sent our last newsletter, but we have not been idle. Time has just flown by….


In July we successfully wrapped up the season with the summer academy We Live Here; a co-production with BAU and Nicole Beutler Projects. One part of this academy was a BAU LAB, which this year had the title of What-If-Then. During this research week specialists from the performing arts, the complexity sciences and from computer programming were brought together to work on the most elementary rule of computing: If-Then.

BAU has also applied for a two-year subsidy at the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts just before the summer. In the event of a positive result, we will start two new projects; the establishment up an international artist-in-residence for dance and performance in Amsterdam, and a research into an ideal agency for dance and performance. We would also like to strengthen the foundation of our organization. We are expecting the results of our application at the beginning of December.

After a short summer holiday BAU began the opening of the new cultural season at the Uitmarkt. We shared a glittered market stall with partners Nicole Beutler Projects, Veem House for Performance, Keren Levi | Neverlike and Festival Why Not. We all promoted our initiatives, and as a result of an open call, the independent makers and their new productions were included in the shared flyer.

Furthermore, we would like to introduce you to Saskia van der Kroef, our new business manager. Together with Saskia, we will once again enthusiastically dedicate ourselves to the independent makers throughout the year!

We are very pleased to announce, that thanks to a subsidy from a fund, BAU has been able to reduce its rates for renting the BAU Studios by 25% which came into effect from 3 September, 2018. This applies to all independent dance and performance makers based in Amsterdam. For the new rates (depending on the duration of the rehearsal period) mail to



This year a group of different parties from the Amsterdam dance field (BAU included) has been working on a plan called 'Danswerf'. Danswerf is both a network organization and a stage, focused on innovation and development of the Amsterdam dance sector. For this plan, an application for a two-year development subsidy was requested from the AFK. The outcome is 3 Dec 2018. Read the Danswerf plan (in Dutch) here.


As many of you have already experienced yourself, the SED subsidy (Stimuleringsregeling Eigentijdse Dans= Incentive Scheme for Contemporary Dance) is a real success. It gives a bit of extra space in your working budget, helps to give your work more continuity, stimulates collaboration, helps the scarce rehearsal spaces in the city survive, and the AFK (Amsterdam Art Funds) is pleased that it can be a part of the budgets in the applications. The SED subsidy is awarded on a 'first come, first serve' basis, which means there is always quite a rush of applications on the morning that the application link opens. Last year the entire budget was allocated in barely no time. This year it went in a record 20 minutes.....
The demand is huge! The regulation, which is administered by the organization Cultuur&Ondernemen (Culture&Entrepreneurship), was created in 2016 for a period of only four years. That means that this past round was the last round....
BAU is of course doing its very best to lobby for a renewal. Cultuur&Ondernemen is also of the opinion that the regulation can be called a success, and they are pleading for an extension of this regulation. The Amsterdamse Kunstraad (Amsterdam Arts Council) is aware of the necessity of the SED and the AFK is also making efforts.
We hope that the City of Amsterdam is prepared to make a budget available for the subsidy for 2019.
Perhaps it is an idea to collect signatures and recipients' motivations to make it clear that there is a need for an extension and to submit this to the city council of Amsterdam?


On Wednesday, November 28th at 5:00pm, the next BAU Meeting will take place! 
This time in the 100 Days program of Veem House for Performance. 
During this meeting BAU would like to offer 15 makers the opportunity to share their work with the attendees in a format of five minute blocks. More information will be emailed to our mailing list shortly. The BAU Meeting will be part of a three-day Polyphonic Songs collaboration program from Veem, NBprojects, Neverlike and BAU. More info



On 24, 25 and 26 January 2019, Come Together # 4 will take place in all the spaces of Frascati. It is a performed manifesto and a celebration of the many innovative contemporary makers that Amsterdam hosts. Over these three days approximately 45 independent choreographers, musicians, artists, dramatists and thinkers from different generations and backgrounds will come together to share knowledge, develop concepts, meet colleagues and present their ideas to the public.


During the Nederlandse Dansdagen (Dutch Dance Days), members of the dance field came together to draw up a document, per relevant sector, as a response to ‘Alles Beweegt', an advice written by the Raad van Cultuur (Cultural Council). The aim of their advice was to delineate current trends and developments within the dance sector, to identify bottlenecks and opportunities, to determine policy options for the short and long term, and to make a review of the current culture system.
A specific text from the sub-sector of the Independent Dance and Performance scene has also been drawn up. Please read the document ‘Alles Staat Stil’ (in Dutch) written by Eva Villanueva/BAU in collaboration with independent choreographer Jasper van Luijk (and with the helpful feedback of a group of independent makers).
All of the documents written by the sub-sectors have been collected and a summary of the full text has been written by Annette Embrechts. You can read it here (in Dutch). These documents have been sent to the Minister of OC & W and stakeholders.

I you would like to read all the texts of all sectors (in Dutch), please click here.



  • We have a dance / performance agenda on the BAU website?
  • We have a jobs and calls page on the BAU website?
  • You can have your information put on our website so you are easy to find?



24, 25 & 26 January 2019
Nicole Beutler Projects, Keren Levi / NeverLike, BAU, Jacuzzi and Frascati are pleased to invite you to take part in the fourth edition of COME TOGETHER: a public gathering offering a podium to about 45 artists from the dance & performance field in Amsterdam. This three-day event will create time and space for artists and interested audiences to meet, exchange ideas and inspire each other. COME TOGETHER #4 will take place in all spaces of Frascati on the 24th, 25th and 26thof January 2019.
We invite you to take part in COME TOGETHER #4 with your work. Makers from all performing arts disciplines are welcome to submit their proposals.
COME TOGETHER #4 is open to all formats of presentation. E.g. performances, lectures, actions, manifestos, films, workshops, installations, discursive formats or any other format that emerges from your practice. During these three days we offer space and time to test your ideas, ask questions, look for answers or challenge your own thinking. To share with your peers what you might otherwise not share with your audience. COME TOGETHER #4 is not a festival that focusses on full length works. As such, we invite you to propose a short performance or a project that you could not normally present in standard presentation circumstances: something unfinished, unpolished, unplugged. We encourage projects that facilitate the discourse on dance & performance or offer different perspectives on artmaking. In order to stimulate meaningful encounters, artists are requested to attend all three days of the event, also when not performing themselves.
We look forward to receiving a wide range of ideas and will do our best to facilitate your artistic wishes. There are some conditions to be considered:
·      Space:Your project must take place at Frascati 1, 2, 3, 4 or in another space in or around the theatre.
·      Duration:Please take into account that we are hosting 15 artists per night. Shorter performances (1 min to 30

min) are appreciated. Exceptions are possible, but cannot be guaranteed. We are aiming to create a programme in which events do not overlap, unless they are durational.
·      Rehearsal time: We can offer you time in the studio to realize your idea.
·      Technical production:Please be aware that we can only host proposals with minimal technical needs. There is a technical team available for some support. All technique will have to be shared with others. We will coordinate, accommodate and provide as much as possible.
·      Budget:We offer free production support, rehearsal time and shared meals every day. Unfortunately we cannot afford to pay any honorariums. We provide a small budget of €200 to relieve production costs.
·      Amsterdam: This invitation is addressed to artists who are affiliated with the Amsterdam dance & performance scene and want to connect to the community in a meaningful way.
Submit your proposal before the 25th of September to Please be specific as to what you need in order to realize your plan, and also let us know what you can provide yourself. Though we wish to include all proposals, we cannot give any guarantees. We will let you know if we can include your project by the 10th of October 2018. We look forward to reading your ideas. If you have any questions, please contact project coordinator Justa ter Haar at 06-48263327.
Warm regards,
Nicole Beutler, Keren Levi, Eva Villanueva, Eva Susova and Noha Ramadan
in collaboration with Veem House for Performance and Frascati
COME TOGETHER #4 is produced by Nicole Beutler Projects, Keren Levi / NeverLike, BAU and Frascati. In collaboration with Jacuzzi and with the support of Veem House for Performance. COME TOGETHER was first initiated by Nicole Beutler, Andrea Božić and Keren Levi in 2014 in order to create time and space for artists in the Amsterdam dance & performance field to meet each other, exchange ideas and share their work.

It has been a while since our last OPEN BAU MEETING. What a busy winter!

But we are glad to invite you to our long-awaited spring edition, hosted by Podium Mozaïek.


When: The meeting will take place on Thursday, May 10th (Ascension day/public holiday) between 17:00 and 19:00

Where: In one of Podium Mozaïek studio’s. Address: Bos en Lommerweg 191, 1055 DT Amsterdam
What: We will start with a quick update about whereabouts of BAU, followed by a short introduction on Podium Mozaïek and invited two artists/collectives who work on a regular basis in this house: theatre maker and choreographer Mouna Laroussi and Vloeistof, dance initiative which makes work for public space.


Please let us know by email if you're planning to come: with the reference ‘BAUmeeting’.


On the same evening, at 20:00, Podium Mozaïek presents the show Fractured Memory by Ogutu Muraya, followed by a talk on the remnants of the colonialism in theatre, which might be of interest to you.
The talk is with Ogutu and several other people: Quinsy Gario, Patrica Kaersenhout, Ernestine Comvalius, Liesbeth van Zonnen, Diana Blok, Oumar Mbengue Atakosso and Nancy Jouwe.

You are invited to watch the performance and join the discussion after our meeting.


Looking forward to seeing you!
Warmth and wishes,

BAU team and Inge Koks, programmer Podium Mozaïek

Dear all that feel an affiliation with the dance and performance scene in Amsterdam,
herewith we would like to invite you to the next
O P E N. B A U. M E E T I N G
Monday, January 29th, 2018
17-19 hrs

This meeting will be hosted by our newest project,
the BAU CO-Working Space at Dansmakers Amsterdam.


During this Open BAU Meeting we will give an update of all the activities and developments within BAU,
and an update on the current situation of the dance and performance field in Amsterdam.

We will also host a discussion with several funding institutions such as the AFK (Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunsten) to give you more insight into how the funds function and about the procedures for how their subsidies are allocated.
There will also be the rare opportunity to pose your personal questions directly to funding representatives.


We want to empower and inspire the dance and performance scene in Amsterdam by coming together, finding easier access to means of making work, strengthening our dialogue and enhancing the quality of our working conditions.
A surprising combination of colleagues come together each time we meet and you get to share time and space with others who are active in the field.


So, come on, jump on your bike, hop on the ferry, cross the water and and join us!
Spending time together is the secret recipe for surprising ideas.

Please let us know that you are coming to the Open BAU Meeting by sending a quick mail to with in the subject: Coming!


We rotate the coordination of the OPEN MEETINGS, this meeting is organised by Riccardo Guratti


BAU Co-Working Space at Dansmakers
Gedempt Hamerkanaal 203
1021 KP Amsterdam


For several years now, the problem of finding affordable office space for independent makers keeps popping up during the Open BAU Meetings. BAU has put its energy and efforts into creating a solution:



BAU CO-WORKING SPACE is a communal office space where you can meet your peers, exchange experience and knowledge, help one another, and get to know new people from the Amsterdam dance and performance field.


BAU has recently reached an agreement with Dansmakers to use part of their building to support the Amsterdam arts scene. This will contribute to the payment of the rent of the building, and ensure the existence of this valuable venue for the future.



  • Working space 5 days a week (Mon-Fri) from 10h to 18h for one year starting on 22 January 2018.
  • Flexible desks in different spaces.
  • Safe storage space for your office needs.
  • Shared printer for cheap copies.
  • Shared kitchen.
  • Separate room for meetings.
  • Great location in Amsterdam Noord (Gedempt Hamerkanaal 203), 5 min from the ferry and with a supermarket next door.
  • Possibility to work outside during the sunny days.



Less than a coffee a day!!!

€350 (ex btw) per person for the whole year (that comes to about €30 a month). We would like a one-year contract for 2018 to be signed, and the rent can be paid at once or in two terms. Take this chance and book your office space before the 20th December 2017.


This is a great opportunity to fulfill one of the pressing needs of the scene but we can only proceed with this project with a minimum of 20 people.


Are you are interested? Do you need more info? Please send an email with some information about yourself (your contact info, your profession) to

Please also forward this invitation to people you think might be interested (people related to the Amsterdam dance and performance scene).



BAU zoekt per 15 januari 2018 een zakelijk leider


Aantal uur: 0,2 Fte

Plaats / locatie: Amsterdam

Het betreft een betaalde vacature



BAU is hét platform voor de onafhankelijke dans- en performance-scene in Amsterdam.

Via onderzoek, kennisdeling en artistieke ondersteuning wil BAU de werkcondities en het toekomstperspectief van zelfstandige makers verbeteren. BAU initieert en leidt projecten die bijdragen aan de ontwikkeling van de dans en performance in Amsterdam en houdt de vinger aan de pols van ontwikkelingen in het (internationale) werkveld.

Middels lezingen, workshops, seminars en andere events stimuleren ze ontmoeting en uitwisseling tussen professionals.

Als vertegenwoordiger van een Amsterdams dans- en performancenetwerk is BAU een belangrijke gesprekspartner voor beleidsmakers en culturele instellingen in de stad.

Daarnaast verhuurt BAU twee repetitiestudio’s die ruimte bieden aan de ontwikkeling van nieuwe dans- en theaterproducties.



We zoeken een gedreven zakelijk leider die samen met de dagelijks leider mee bouwt aan de inhoudelijke en zakelijke ontwikkeling van het platform/de organisatie BAU. Iemand met ervaring op gebied van

zakelijk-, financieel- en cultureel management, die verantwoordelijk is voor de financiën en, in nauw contact met onze boekhouder, de administratie.




  • Ontwikkelt samen met de dagelijks leider meerjarenbeleidsplannen en voert deze uit.
  • Ontwikkelt samen met de dagelijks leider projectplannen en begeleidt deze (vaak in co-productie met andere culturele instellingen/organisaties in Amsterdam).
  • Bent zakelijk (en inhoudelijk) de sparringpartner van de dagelijks leider van BAU die samenwerkt met een comité van onafhankelijke kunstenaars.Vormt met de dagelijks leider de directie en het gezicht van BAU.
  • Bent verantwoordelijk voor de financiën en werft subsidie- en sponsorgelden.
  • Woont bestuursvergaderingen bij.


  • Hebt affiniteit met kunst en cultuur, je voelt je aangesproken door de activiteiten van BAU en de plaats van de organisatie/het platform in het Amsterdamse kunstenveld.
  • Hebt ervaring als zakelijk leider in de culturele sector en bent op de hoogte van ontwikkelingen in het kunstenveld.
  • Hebt ervaring met fondsenwerving, begrotingen en financiële onderhandelingen.
  • Bent zakelijk en strategisch, maar verliest niet de artistieke inhoud uit het oog.
  • Hebt een netwerk in de kunsten en bent communicatief ingesteld.
  • Bent ambitieus, denkt oplossingsgericht, ziet kansen en je staat open voor nieuwe werkstructuren.
  • Vindt het leuk om op zakelijk vlak samen te werken met projectpartners.
  • Vindt het leuk om een relatief jonge organisatie te helpen vormgeven en verstevigen.
  • Bent woonachtig in de regio Amsterdam.


Salaris op basis van een freelance-opdrachtovereenkomst en conform CAO Toneel en Dans en afhankelijk van leeftijd en ervaring.



Voor meer informatie over de organisatie zie

Stuur je C.V. en motivatie naar t.a.v. Eva Villanueva.

Deadline 13 december. Gesprekken vanaf 18 december.

Aanvang werkzaamheden vanaf 15 januari 2018 - of in onderling overleg.

Acquisitie n.a.v deze advertentie wordt niet op prijs gesteld.


BAU Newsletter Oct 2017


We are happy to tell that the BAU core team (the people that meet regularly discussing the way BAU should function and that are taking on the work that needs to be done) has grown.

We have on board, on the picture from left to right: Giulio D'Anna, Riccardo Guratti, Susanne Marx, Marjolein Vogels, Julia Willms, Orion Maxted, Marion Traenkle, Eva Villanueva, Keren Levi, Sarah van Lamsweerde, Nicole Beutler, Michael Jahoda and Hayley Adams, our agenda/website angel (not on the picture).




On Saturday October the 28th the next Open BAU Meeting of the saison 2017/2018 will take place. This time we have the pleasure to be hosted by Festival Why Not #6.Here you can meet your peers, be updated about important developments, chat and get inspired.We will give you an update on the activities and developments within BAU and an update of the current situation of the dance/performance field in relation to recent developments and to politics that concern the conditions of making work here in the city. We hope to empower and inspire the scene to get together, to find easier access to means of making, to strengthen our dialogue and enhance the quality of our working conditions.On the meeting you share time and space with people active in the field.

A surprising combination of colleagues gets together every time we meet…

So swing yourself on the bike and come over. Spending time together is the secret recipe for surprising ideas. And don't forget to dive into Festival Why Not afterwards....

Start 12:00hrs, De School, Dr. Jan van Breemenstraat 1, 1056 AB Amsterdam




From 25 September, 2017, applications were open to apply for the third round of the Stimuleringsregeling Eigentijdse Dans (SED) at Cultuur & Ondernemen. This opportunity was for the period between 15 Oct 2017-15 Oct 2018.

Now that the SED is widely known by the dance sector, and the fund is in great need, this year there was a huge number of applicants for the grant. It appears everyone was ready with their finger on the Enter button on 25th September and as a result, the budget was reached within four days. Due to this year’s high level of demand, the applications were processed in order of application. It is now no longer possible to apply for the third subsidy round of the SED. Mark it in your calendars for the new round in 2018




Due to the accumulation of lost subsidies, two key areas within the dance filed have been affected: talent development in the dance field has been put at risk and the location of Dansmakers is at threat to close. The Amsterdam dance field has joined forces to action against these risks, and are joining forces to particularly prevent the closure of the location. The writers of the plan want to keep the building in use for the whole of the dance field.


Dansmakers Amsterdam, Veem, Bau, The National Ballet, ICK Amsterdam, ISH, Danstheater Aya and the Academy for Dance and Theater (AHK) have jointly written a plan to keep the building at the Gedempt Hamerkanaal in Amsterdam North. The space is currently run by Dansmakers Amsterdam (DMA). In addition to these core partners, this plan is supported by Leine & Roebana, NB projects, Festival Why Not, Cinedans, DATschool, Julidans, HJS, Theater Bellevue, Theater Frascati and the Sandberg Institute. It is also supported by all the young makers who are represented by Dansmakers Amsterdam, Veem and Bau.


Due to a large decline in the grant award to Dansmakers Amsterdam for the Kunstenplan period 2017-2020, it is no longer possible for DMA to fund the property that was fully renovated in 2015. The municipality has, for 2017, granted an incidental rent subsidy with to Dansmakers Amsterdam. DMA, in conjunction with the National Ballet, has delivered a plan for September 2018-2020, which shows cooperation for maintaining this location for the dance sector.


The new jointly written business plan for post 2020 outlines solutions for a stronger future, in which the building in Amsterdam North will provide a wide range of dance and performance, independent of Dansmakers as the organisation that currently runs the building. The goal is a fully-fledged new production house for dance and performance in the new Kunstenplan 2021-2024, widely supported and utilised by partners in the Amsterdam dance field.


With sufficient resources and infrastructure, the aim is a major production house with a national and international reputation, hosting a broad vision of dance and performance. The centre will present urban, modern, contemporary and classic presentations and will actively encourage cross pollination and creative interactions. It will be a vibrant place where young and innovative talent can develop, which will in turn contribute to the future of the dance sector locally, nationally and internationally.


Over the next three years (2018-2020) the following steps will be taken:



  • Dansmakers Podium will take a new name: IJ-Podium. It is hoped this new name is open enough for other parties to present themselves in the building.
  • The core partners will jointly develop a new operating model for the IJ Podium. At the same time, a plan will be developed for the Production House 2.0. For a new legal entity, a 2-year application will be submitted to the Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst  (AFK) in the summer of 2018.
  • A new organisation and structure of the IJ Podium management foundation will be put in place.


  • The pilot Production House 2.0 will be launched.
  • The IJ Podium will be managed by an independent foundation. The partners will also be users of the IJ Podium.
  • A Coordinator will be responsible for programme planning, and future rental of the IJ Podium by other cultural organisations and commercial parties.

In the meantime, this two-year plan will be funded by increasing rental income, improved utilization of the building by dance partners and contributors, and an incidental contribution from the municipality for 2018. The writers of the plan have made a request to the municipality to investigate whether it is possible that this financial contribution may be diverted back to the rent of the location via the Stimuleringsregeling Eigentijdse Dans.


For the period 2019/2020, a two-year grant will be applied to the AFK for the pilot programme of the Production House 2.0. An innovation subsidy will also be requested for the change process, and the research and development of the new model. This will allow for a positive, effective, attractive and broadly developed business plan, and the realization of a production house for the future of dance in Amsterdam.




On 3rd October 2017, the first version of the Fair Practice Code in the arts was presented to Deputy Minister Bussemaker during a meeting at Veem House for Performance, Amsterdam.


Meeting in Veem House for Performance

The meeting was opened by Felix Rottenberg, Chairman of the Amsterdam Art Museum and Composers Association Nieuw Geneco. He pleaded for healthier payment of artists and creatives, and solid investment in cultural facilities in an expiring sector. “Enabling execution also requires reverse Zijlstra operation”.

After the first version of the Fair Practice Code was handed to the Minister, the attendees went straight to work: what does a Fair Practice Code mean to an artist or institution? What conversations do we need to have around payment and fair working practices?


The Fair Practice Code Version 1.0 as a starting point

The Fair Practice Code provides a framework for wages for those working in the cultural and creative sectors in the Netherlands. This is necessary for building a healthy and future-proof labour market, while extending professional practice across the industry. Creative professionals from many disciplines have contributed towards the first version of the Fair Practice Code, a document they hope will be a starting point for all stakeholders to discuss achievable goals of the future.


Minister Bussemaker

The Minister facilitated the development of this document and has put this topic politically on the map. The overall aim is that the Fair Practice Code will be collectively utilised by all stakeholders involved in the cultural sector, including politicians. It is wished with the implementation of this document, Politicians and Directors come together, striving for better conditions for everyone working creatively, from regularly funded organisations to independent artists. 


What now?

The intention moving forwards will focus on acquiring larger support from across the sector and on further developing the code of Fair Practice. This will be done through interviews with stakeholders within the various sub-sectors, and by collecting comments via the e-mail address:

There will be a website built, whereby existing agreements, best practices and earning models will be available publicly. In the beginning of 2018, the final Fair Practice Code will be ready for general release. The implementation of the code will be monitored throughout 2018.


The Fair Practice Code is a practical outline of the Labour Market Agenda for the cultural and creative sector for which Kunsten '92 was commissioned by Minister Bussemaker in 2016.

For further information or to keep updated with future developments, stay in touch:


This source text comes from the Kunsten ’92 website






Futuristic fantasy worlds, defying gravity, bodies melting together, humans becoming machines. Saturday the 28th of October, contemporary dance and performance platform WhyNot presents their sixth festival edition at De School in Amsterdam West. A full day (and night) of dance, performance, installations, talks, films, workshops, great food and (club)music. This year's edition is all about the physical body in relation to our digital world: analogue vs. virtual.


With: Kristin Ryg Helgebostad & Laura Marie Rueslåtten, Dario Tortorelli, Nicole Beutler, Floris Kaayk, Katja Heitmann, Coralie Vogelaar, Andreas Hannes, O.T.T.O.T.T. (Genevieve Murphy, Gunar Gunnsteinsson, Emile Frankel, Isadora Tomasi), Marija Sujica, Giulio D'Anna, Youri Peters & Marie Khatlib-Shahidi, Cinedans, Joana Chicau and more.




  • We have a dance / performance agenda on the BAU website?
  • We have a jobs and calls page on the BAU website?
  • You can have your information put on our website so you are easy to find?




From 10 - 14 July 2017 the summer academy WE LIVE HERE took place in the BAU Studio’s. It’s a platform for artistic encounters initiated by Nicole Beutler, Marijke Hoogenboom and Andrea Božić, produced by NBprojects and co-produced by BAU.


As in previous editions professionals active in different fields of the performing and visual arts were invited to join this temporary community. With WE LIVE HERE we want to keep creating space to come together, to encounter, to work and think together beyond the scope of individual projects or production agendas.


The summer academy takes on a slightly different shape each year. For this edition, we invited Mala Kline again to set up a study room where we will together explore emergent language or ways to articulate knowledge that emerges from embodied practices.


Instead of using given forms such as academic writing, we took a look at what are other ways of articulation and emerging formats of writing that make more sense and are closer to knowledge gained through artistic research. The hexagon shape of the honeycomb emerges due to the material conditions of wax and surface tension. What then is a singular form of writing that emerges from the materiality of every of our singular embodied practices?

This question is explored throughout the week through a combination of communal dreaming and reading sessions, excursions, guest lecturers who introduced different forms of writing and seeing performances at Julidans.


Mala Kline is a performer, choreographer and writer. She holds MA in theater (DasArts, Amsterdam) and PhD in philosophy (UL, Ljubljana). She is an artistic researcher at a.pass research center in Brussels and a volunteer post-doc researcher at Faculty of Arts and Philosophy (UG) as well as a member of S:PAM research center in Gent. She is a certified practitioner and teacher of Saphire™ practice (SOI, NYC). All her artistic and theoretical work is embedded in the practice of dreaming. In her author-based choreographic works she uses Saphire™ to facilitate individual and communal dreaming in order to create unique singular worlds weaved from and generated through the language of our dreaming. She has a private practice in Brussels and teaches Saphire™ internationally, in diverse educational, research and production contexts and settings.

Update BAU

It is time to update you quickly about a couple of things going on in the city and with BAU.

On may 23rd there has been a conversation at Het Nationale Ballet about the situation of the production house in Amsterdam. About 30 people from the dance field were present. As outcome of that meeting we can say the following:

The idea is that soon there will be a meeting between Veem House for Performance, BAU and Dansmakers about the creation for a new plan for a production house in Amsterdam.


Some points.....

  • Are you a performer, a choreographer, a director, a technician, a dramaturge, a lighting designer, a composer, a manager, or in any other way connected to the dance and performance scene in Amsterdam? Do you have a favourite physiotherapist? Healer? Magician? Then place your name in the list of professionals on the BAU website by sending info to:
  • Are you busy with a performance, a new work and would like to share your unfinished experiment with the scene? We help you organise a BAU tryout! Send a mail to for more info.
  • Do you have a performance coming up? Do send all your info to! It's a month calendar, so please send us your info in about a month ahead. Our beautiful website is visited by 2000 people a month, so do not hesitate to send your info and you will get more people to see your work.


Library of the Academy of Theatre and Dance

Did you know that it's possible to visit the Library of the Academy of Theatre and Dance
(location Das Graduate School) as a non-student? In this case loaning is possible by appointment.

This small library has a diverse collection of books (around 2,600), magazines (around 30 titles), videos and dvds (around 1200), focusing especially on English books and magazines about theatre, performance, dance, philosophy, artistic research and fine arts. The collection is particularly drawn up on the basis of purchasing titles that are related to the curriculum so far, supplemented with standard works on performance art.

With the exception of the magazines, the complete collection is available through the online catalogue of the Amsterdam University of the Arts.


Would you like to make an appointment?

Telephone: +31 (0) 20 527 7666



Visiting address
Overhoeksplein 2
1031 KS Amsterdam


Fair Practice Label in the Arts

Fair Practice Label in the Arts is an initiative under development by United We Stand, a collaboration of Platform BK (NL), State of the Arts (B), Koalition der Freien Szene (D), Marijke Hoogenboom, Anne Breure, Lara Staal and Het Transitiebureau (NL), inspired by a similar Flemish initiative. The label is a reaction to the current situation in the art field, where most of the artists are earning way less than a modal income. The working conditions are bad and the number of burn-outs is increasing. Measures from higher up like the Kunstkeurmerk (art quality mark) by union FNV in 2008 and the Governance Code Culture have not made much of a difference. The solution seems to need to arise bottom-up.


The goal of the Fair Practice Label in the Arts is to create institutional ethics and sustainable working conditions for professionals working in the cultural scene. Common values about fair wage, working conditions, division of money, and sustainability can be secured by a Fair Practice Label. That way the label would also act as a guideline that associated organisations would have to stick to and could be a precondition for the allocation of funds.


The idea arose in 2014 in Belgium to start some kind of union that would fight against unfair treatment of artists at events, festivals and in temporary/flexible situations. State of The Arts, oKo, NICC, ACOD, Hoogtijd, and Kunstenpunt together put in effort to set up a fair practice label that would guarantee solidarity, sustainability, diversity, and transparency. The label itself is not seen as the solution, but as a way to make the problems in the scene visible. Solidarity encompasses equal payment and division of money, minimum wage, and fair contracts. Sustainability stands for durable developments, collaborations and the environment. Diversity is not only about people, but also about including all the different subgenres of art like experimental and interdisciplinary. Transparency means involving the artists in decisions and being open about collaborations and sponsors.



De Roover & Vanderbeeken, 2015 Link

Interview with Anne Breure Link

Report from the IETM Amsterdam Plenary Meeting, 14 – 17 April 2016 Link



Over the 18th, 19th & 20th of January 2017, the third edition of COME TOGETHER took place in the Frascati theaters in Amsterdam. Fifty performance makers from different fields came together over these days to share ideas and present their work.


What started in 2014 as a mini-festival by initiators/peers Nicole Beutler, Keren Levi and Andrea Bozic, to gather and show their work alongside each other, grew into a second edition in 2015 including works by Amsterdam artists of all generations and disciplines such as music, dance and contemporary art. 

"We are now at the beginning of a new arts funding period - an exciting time full of uncertainty and questions - COME TOGETHER # 3 grows again and acts as an appeal to the Amsterdam art field to come together and demonstrate that the field is still very much alive and kicking. COME TOGETHER # 3 is a performed manifesto and celebration of the many innovative contemporary makers that Amsterdam hosts. Over these three days approximately 50 independent choreographers, musicians, artists, dramatists and thinkers from different generations and backgrounds come together to share knowledge, develop concepts, meet coleagues and present their ideas to the public. The participants will utilize the space and time in a way that has not been possible elsewhere in our current and recent climate. The works will offer a range whether it is a short try-out performance, an interdisciplinary dance piece, a multimedia lecture, a workshop, an artistic manifesto or a performance in print; rough, unpolished, exploring, visionary and challenging. During COME TOGETHER #3 both creators and audiences get the chance to discover and experience the work in all its facets within one context."


COME TOGETHER is produced by NBprojects, Frascati, NeverLike, TILT, BAU and Veem House for Performance, supported by ICK.