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

Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir's Full Drop practice

06/11, free of entrance, RSVP

Public sharing 

01/12, free of entrance, RSVP

Esther Mugambi is a performance artist based in Amsterdam.  She completed her Masters in Performance at Dasarts Amsterdam in 2010 and holds a BA Theatre from the University of Western Sydney and Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg (1998). Mugambi has worked both locally and internationally with groups such as Rosa Ensemble, Belarus Free Theatre, Opera Spanga and Het Zuidelijk ToneeI.  In early 2022 she performed in and co-wrote the Dutch National Opera production ‘I have missed you forever’.  She can be seen in Salvador Miranda’s film installation ‘Life Eternal’ and Alejandro Ramirez’s film essay ‘sans-nam’. 

Her work concerns community making and crafting real connections in a world in which technological means have complicated direct communication. In ‘Podcast for Introverts’ she creates a soundscape that captivates on a subliminal level.  In recent years, Mugambi has worked in Brussels with Sarah van Lamsweerde on the project ‘Sore Spot Songs’, creating a garden to host workshop performances that connect stories of pain, medicinal plants and song. As well as on the collective research project TRACER, which takes a critical look at the 1956 spectacle 'Changwe Yetu' commissioned by the former Belgian mining company Union Minière.

Where is my body when …?
Esther Mugambi's research focuses on the experience of the mind-body connection, observing how we perceive the body in different contexts and states.  Mugambi seeks to expand her awareness of the body by talking to people in her network - artists and professionals in different fields - about their practices in relation to the body.  These conversations take place while we are engaged in a somatic experience, such as meditation, walking or spinning wool.

What does it feel like to be 'in the moment' or in a dream state? How do we perceive energetic bodies?  Mugambi will write about these conversations and weave them into an audio recording that can be listened to while engaging in somatic activities.

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

6 November, 17.00 - 19.00h Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir's Full Drop practice

This meditative practice brings together the physiological, psychological and energetic states of the body. It's an opportunity for people to connect with their own bodies and with the shared body in space. The session will include a moment of reflection, where the audience can write about their personal experience and then share if they choose.
Entrance is free, RSVP

1 December 20.00h Public sharing
The closing event of Esther Mugambi's residency takes place in an intimate and comfortable setting. You will listen to an audio composition based on excerpts from the interviews while taking part in somatic exercises (embodied listening). And there will be an opportunity to give feedback on your own experience. This exchange will be broadcast on the open source radio channel Radio Antidoto, to reach a wider audience.

Free of entrance, RSVP

Amparo González Sola
29/09 - 27/10 

Public sharing

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Amparo González Sola is an Argentinian choreographer and dancer based in the Netherlands. She completed the DAS Master Choreography (AHK, 2022) and recently premiered her works 'If every rock is a hole' (2022) and 'The conspiracy of forms' (2023), both within the Spring Performing Arts Festival.

Her research in recent years has developed around reciprocity. In her participatory research project 'Exploring Reciprocity' (2019-2023), she brings together people from different backgrounds, generations and disciplines. She regularly collaborates with other artists, researchers and activists.  Amparo González Sola's work is supported by several international and local institutions. 

Researching new work

In her residency at BAU, Amparo González Sola begins researching a new work that grows out of some seeds she planted earlier this year during her residency at Gardening #3 (GREENHOUSE). Her starting point is the Malambo, an Argentinean folk dance traditionally performed by males to demonstrate their strength in front of others. González Sola concentrates on the rhythm of the dance and explores the different associations it evokes. She approaches this process intuitively, exploring the boundaries between what that dance literally represents and what it provokes sensorially and emotionally.

The questions that feminism has brought to her life and practice, the ongoing attempt to connect with her ancestral cosmology, and her experience of migration all come together in this research process. As González Sola revisits the Malambo, she asks: What are the images and stories we associate with power and strength? What genealogies are they embedded in? Can a dance create space for other ways of thinking about the relationship between strength and vulnerability?


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.


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


Shared Practice workshop

Public sharing



Michele Rizzo 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 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 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 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 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

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Reza Mirabi 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 (1982, Germany) 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 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.