(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!
> OPEN BAU MEETING MAY 6
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This evening can only happen if we have at least 25 people present.
> TWO YEARS DEVELOPMENT SUBSIDY FROM AFK
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.
> CHANGES ORGANIZATION BAU
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!
> COME TOGETHER #4
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.
> A REACTION TO THE DANCE SECTOR'S VISIONARY DOCUMENT
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.
> BAU CO WORKINGSPACE
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.
> DANSWERF UPDATE
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. www.tapastheater.nl
- 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. www.ritmanlibrary.com
- Cinetree collects high-quality arthouse films and docs for you to watch. www.cinetree.nl
- Crème is a newsletter for and by Amsterdammers. You will be introduced to the proliferation of cultural offerings in the city. www.creme.amsterdam
> DID YOU KNOW