BAU AIR Robert Steijn and Gluklya/ Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya 
09/05/24 - 13/06/24

Walks and talks
29/05, 01/06, 03/06 and 05/06 at19.00h
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Background information
Take a look at the portfolio page to learn more about the residency

Public Sharing

12/6/24 20.00h 
Chachacha at the Marineterrein and beyond

Robert Steijn (Netherlands, 1958) and Gluklya / Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya (Russia/Netherlands 1969) start their BAU AIR research at the Marineterrein and the surrounding areas, by embracing the legacy of the Situationist International, who practiced ‘derives’ (walks) without pragmatic goals.

Their research consists of walks into talks and aims to unite people from different social groups despite their status. Robert and Gluklya will investigate how these walks can rewild and queer our perception of this part of the city. For this, they'll work with artists, designers, cleaners, people from the military and creative industries, citizens, newcomers and the Ghost of Van Gogh.

Gluklya and Robert will attempt to subvert the society of the spectacle by giving space to embodied experiences that question the relationship between the human and non-human worlds.

Robert Steijn (Netherlands, 1958) is a choreographer, performer, director, dramaturge and writer based in Amsterdam and Mexico City. Together with the Mexican choreographer Ricardo Rubio he runs the School of tender thinking, combining spirituality, art and healing practices, inspired by plant medicine and trance rituals.

Gluklya / Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya (Russia/Netherlands 1969) lives and works in Amsterdam. She's considered one of the pioneers of Post Sovjet performance art and co-founded the artist collective Factory of Found Clothes and Chto Delat. She works with performance, installation, text, artivism and video. Her research is revolving around the philosophy of other and possibilities of play within the resistance. 

Boris de Klerk and Finn Borath
17/5/24 - 14/6/24 BAU Amsterdam
17/6/24 - 28/6/24 The Grey Space The Hague


Public Sharing
14/6/24 20.00 h. Amsterdam
27/6/24 20.00 h. The Hague


Finn Borath and Boris de Klerk have been working together on performances and installations since 2019. In the spring of 2023 they started a series of performances called Chamber Pieces, of which Black Box: First Movement (2023) is the first. The only sound source for this musical composition is all the technology normally found in a theater: smoke machines, moving heads, and fluorescent lights. 
For their residency at BAU and The Grey Space in the Middle, Finn and Boris focus entirely on fluorescent lighting. They explore the flickering, ticking, and generally "cold" light often found in offices, clubs, and galleries as a sound source for a new work in their Chamber Pieces. They'd like to discover how to play the TL as an instrument and how to develop a form of presentation.

Esther Mugambi
03/11/23 - 01/12/23

Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir's Full Drop practice


Public sharing 


Esther Mugambi (Kenya/Australia, 1974) is an Amsterdam-based performance artist. Her work is about creating communities and establishing real connections in a world where technology has made direct communication difficult. 

Where is my body when …?
How do we experience the connection between body and mind? How does it feel to be "in the moment" or in a dream state? How do we perceive energetic bodies? Mugambi's research focused on how we perceive the body in different contexts and situations. She interviewed artists and professionals in her network about how they raise awareness of the body. From all the interviews she compiled an audio recording which she presented at the closing presentation while the audience did group exercises within a spatial scenography. Antidote Radio broadcast this public sharing live.

Collaborating artists are: Marloeke van der Vlugt, Margrét Sara GuðjónsdóFr, Lise Brenner and Federico Bonelli. 

Visit the portfoliopage of Esther Mugambi.

Amparo González Sola
29/09 - 27/10 

Public sharing


Amparo González Sola (Argentina, 1984) is a choreographer and dancer based in The Netherlands. Her work ranges from dance performances to participative projects. For the latter, she invites people to practice ways of witnessing, listening, and relating to others that strongly focus on reciprocity and co-responsibility.

Researching new work
At BAU, the questions that feminism brought to her life and practice, the ongoing attempt to connect with the cosmology of her ancestors, and her experience of migration all came together in her research process. Against this background, she explored polyrhythms, song, and the role of the spectator in the beginning of a new work.


The BAU AIR GREENHOUSE residency originates from and is supported by the Amsterdam development network for performance, pantomime and dance GREENHOUSE. GREENHOUSE brings together the following production houses, companies and development institutions BAU Residencies for Dance and Performance, Boogaerdt / VanderSchoot, Keren Levi | NeverLike, Nicole Beutler Projects and Veem House for Performance.

Go to the portfoliopage of Amparo González Sola


Michele Rizzo
20/03/23 - 31/03/23
25/05/23 - 8/06/23


Shared Practice workshop

Public sharing



Michele Rizzo (Italy, 1984) is a choreographer and artist. In recent years he has created works inspired by the experience of dancing in clubs. A response to the belief that choreography manifests itself as the result of a process of decentralisation of agency. A distillation of the remains of the constant struggle between the tendency to preserve and construct, to decompose and surrender, to focus on the inside or the outside.


During his residency at BAU, Michele will engage in an entirely research-based process that focuses on a very specific aspect of his ongoing practice. He will be developing practices of imagination as creative tools, attempting to demonstrate how these can be seen as a constitutive part of both intimate and social experiences (such as dancing in clubs), rather than as mere manifestations of the realm of the unreal. The research aims to define a language of movement and performativity that favours a mode of existence of discovery and learning, attempting to combat representation in order to construct meaning.


Click here to go to the portfoliopage of Michele Rizzo


Francisca Khamis Giacoman
24/03/23 - 21/04/23

Public sharing


Francisca Khamis Giacoman (Chile, 1998) is a Chilean artist of Palestinian origin. Her recent work deals with fragmented diasporic memories. In performances and installations, she recalls stories of migration and unfolds them at the boundaries of fiction and materiality. Her focus is on the consolidation of intermediate identities.

In her work, Khamis Giacoman combines oral histories and objects from her family with the migrant stories she has heard in recent years, especially those of the Palestinian diaspora in Chile. The effect of intermediate identities is of particular interest to her research and forms the basis of her work.

A parcel she received from her family in Chile now plays an important role in her work. As she opens the box and unfolds the fabric, she reveals stories that are embedded in these materials, but are also mixed with fictional elements. Identities are always constructed between fiction and reality. This act of unfolding provides a glimpse into diasporic memory and an insight into the many in-between states that permeate Francisca's life, as well as so many others.

Caer Ascendiendo (Fall Ascending)
During her residence period starting on March 24, Khamis will continue working on the piece Caer Ascendiendo (Fall Ascending), with the idea of ‘in between’ identities, looking into stories of diaspora through the textile, specifically the object of the parachute.


Click here to go to the portfoliopage of Francisca Khamis


The BAU AIR DOTE residency is a collaboration between BAU and Dancing on the Edge.


Tchelet Pearl Weisstub
26/11/22 - 23/12/22


Public sharing

Tchelet Pearl Weisstub's (Jerusalem, 1984) practice brings together theater and sculpture in interdisciplinary installations and performances. Her works attempt to embody the abstract notion of time passing, primarily concerning the tension between permanence and vulnerability. In an era where mass computing has overcome our innate limitations (such as the ability to store our memories, never to forget), Weisstub perceives a predominant social climate that denies natural processes of decay, by appropriating technologies, old and new, and placing them in dialogue with what it is to be human. Weisstub's work creates a space to share our human vulnerability and understand it as a collective ontological condition. Utilizing her background in theater, she directs objects in mise-en-scènes, creating sculptures that encompass the presence of life. While in her live performances, she objectifies the human body, exploring its material limitations.


Weisstub finds in BAU AIR the opportunity to further develop a series of works on Mothering & Technology called 'Future Present'. During her residency, from 26 November to 23 December 2022, she creates the first draft of a performance called: Mat(t)er, an excavation site of memories related to caregiving. In search for a cyclical and maternal experience of time. A mother and child are cave archeologists, excavating each other's memories and fantasies of care. Weisstub will focus mainly on exploring the physicality of grasping and releasing re-enacted memories of care with the performers. Grasping a memory and grasping another body. Releasing as awakening from a fantasy; releasing as letting go of grip or letting go of dependency.


Click here to go to the portfoliopage of Tchelet Pearl Weisstub

Eglé Budvytytè
04/11/22 - 02/12/22


Tension, Stress and Trauma Release Exercises


Public sharing

Eglé Budvytytè (Lithuania, 1981) works at the intersection between visual and performing arts. She approaches movement and gesture as technologies for a possible subversion of normativity, gender and social roles and for dominant narratives governing public spaces. Her practice, spanning across songs, poetry, videos and performances, explores the persuasive power of collectivity, vulnerability and permeable relationships between bodies, audiences and the environments.


Song Sing Soil 2022

During her research,  Eglé Budvytytè focuses on songs as vehicles for spells and storytelling; exploring how voice, pitch, breath, rhythm, rhyme and repetition could be integral to the content. And how words become sonic pulsations resonating with and affecting the oscillations of the human nervous system. Through the process of writing and singing she will be looking into the relationship between the body and the landscape, vulnerable presence, processes of decay and melodies as medicine.


Click here to go to the portfoliopage of Egle Budvytyte

Artun Alaska Arasli
29/08/22 - 25/9/22

Talk with Artun Alaska Arasli, Billy Mulaney & Anik Fournier

Public sharing


Artun Alaska Arasli (Turkey, 1987) is an Amsterdam based artist, writer and curator. His current practice concerns the relationship between the artwork, its documentation and the moment the artwork is seen by the viewer. He often presents his sculptural and text-based works solely as photographic documentations in order to set the conditions for their reception and redistribution.  

During his residency Artun aimed to perform an exhibition through a series of immaterial statements and propositions. He created an ekphrastic revival of ideas that were fading away and tied them together to constitute a coherent whole - in a monologue performed by the artist for the first time. 


Click here to go to the portfoliopage of Artun Alaska Arasli

Reza Mirabi
06/06/22 - 03/07/22

Public sharing


Reza Mirabi (Iran/Germany, 1988) finds himself somewhere between a choreographer, visual artist, dancer, and seed collector, with a background in horticulture, environmental education, and reforestation projects in Iran, Kurdistan, India, and Portugal. 
Through sound, movement, and poetics, Mirabi looks for ways to embody stories. Urgent yet fragmented stories of both personal and political memories, materials, and forms of loss. Stories that are formed by listening and imagining, and listening again. Ways of listening with and through the whole body to respond critically to the layered (hi)stories of displacement that he carries within himself.
Listening here ultimately becomes a choreographic process and political act to tap into archives that have been rendered invisible. More recently, Mirabi has moved out of the black box and into site-specific contexts, where listening becomes the ground for rehearsing and co-composing with the material textures, languages, and (hi)stories of a place.

Click here to go to the portfoliopage of Reza Mirabi.


Vera Tussing
09/11/20 - 06/12/20

Public sharing


Vera Tussing (Germany, 1982) graduated from the London Contemporary Dance School and has worked as a dancer, director and researcher in Belgium, the UK and across Europe. Her performances and installations explore how an active connection between performer and spectator can be established by mobilising different senses.

During her residency here, Tussing searched for a 'vocabulary of touch'. Can you hear touch? Is it necessary to see touch too? When is touch sexual or transgressive?


Click here to go to Vera Tussing's portfolio page. 


Astrit Ismaili
09/11/20 - 06/12/20

Public sharing

Astrit Ismaili (Kosovo, 1991) explores the possibilities of 'being as becoming' within the realm of performance. In alter egos, body extensions and wearable musical instruments. Thinking of, about and through the body: as it transforms and is transformed. As it moves, makes sounds and makes contact. As it extends and exceeds itself, reaching out to and touching the other.

In BAU's studio, Ismaili went in search of more opportunities to reinvent themselves: new movements, new voice, new portable instruments that form body extensions and are equipped with sensors.


Click here to go to Astrit Ismaili's portfolio page.