BAU is an organization for artistic development and innovation within the Amsterdam performing arts, with a focus on independent dance and performance. Our activities are divided into two main categories: on the one hand, programs in the field of artistic development, and on the other hand, activities aimed at representing the interests of the independent field. By doing so, we improve the working conditions and future prospects of the broadest possible group of independent makers, thus professionalizing and strengthening the field. We do this by:

Artistic development and innovation

  • creating opportunities for independent makers to continue to develop themselves by offering an artistic program.
  • doing research and initiating projects in the field of innovation and development within dance and performance
  • facilitation of studio space
  • setting up an international Artist in Residence for dance and performance

Representation of interests

  • guiding independent creators within their artistic and production practice in the professional arts field by providing advice and information
  • making the work of independent makers within this sector visible through our events, our online agenda and through general promotion
  • playing a role in the local and national representation of this sector among policymakers and funds and strengthening the network through network meetings and other activities

BAU functions with a BAU Committee of independent makers in the dance, performance and mime sector who contribute to the content of BAU. With this team, which gives advice and thinks along, we maintain the bottom-up mentality, we continue to see what the need is and we can determine the course from the field.

Since its founding by independent makers in 2015, BAU has been committed to filling gaps and developing new formats to give the Amsterdam dance, performance and mimeveld field the tools to strengthen itself from the bottom up. By doing this, BAU gives the independent scene a face and thereby contributes to the development of dance and performance arts in The Netherlands.

Organisation BAU

Daily direction: Eva Villanueva

Financial direction: Martha van Meegen 

Marketing/Communication: Iris Peters

Online Agenda: Michael Jahoda

BAU Commitee

Eva Villanueva, Julia Willms, Keren Levi, Marion Tränkle, Marjolein Vogels, Michael Jahoda, Nicole Beutler, Orion Maxted, Sarah van Lamsweerde, Susanne Marx

BAU AIR team

Projectleiders: Sarah van Lamsweerde, Eva Villanueva

Coordinatie: Marjolein Vogels

Communication/PR: Iris Peters

AIR Pool: Priscilla Macintosh, Janneke Raaphorst, Setareh Fateh Irani, Richard John Jones, Annechien van Litsenburg, Christian Guerematchi, Clara Amaral

Coach: Erik Hagoort

Agentschap team:

Michael Jahoda, Marion Tränkle

Board of directors BAU foundation

Nicole van Vessum / chairman

Jeroen Fabius / secretary

Bram de Jaeger / treasurer