Residency Program

BAU AIR is a tailored residency program for independent creators in the performing arts, that focuses on artistic research, in-depth exploration, and experimentation. We build connections between makers and the cultural field and organize public events. In doing so, BAU gives an impulse to the artistic development of dance and performance makers, and the arts field.

The annual open call is now closed. On June 1 we announce which three makers are selected for a BAU residency.  
The selection is being made by Eva Villanueva, Marjolein Vogels, Sarah van Lamsweerde, Astrit Ismaili and Iris Peters. Advisors of this years BAU AIR are Richard Kofi and Keren Levi. 
Scheduled dates residencies 2022 
29.08 - 25.09 (studio space 10 x 10 m) 
10.10 - 06.11 (studio space 10 x 10 m) 
25.11 - 23.12 (studio space 10 x 14 m) 
What does BAU AIR offer? 
* An independent research period of 4 weeks in one of the BAU Studios. 
* A fee of € 4,000 excl. VAT for the applicant creator. This fee includes any travel, accommodation and material costs, additional hiring technique or other creators/collaborators and should not overlap with other funding sources in your budget. Please note that it's not allowed to apply for a SED grant at the AFK, for the same research project as the BAU AIR residency. 
* Practical and artistic advices from BAU (if required). 
* Production of small-scale events. A final presentation is an integral part of the residency. It’s also possible to organize other activities. Think for instance of a workshop, open studio, walk, lecture, etc.  
* New contacts with professionals / organizations in the cultural field and a corresponding audience. 
* Online visibility and new visual material. 
About the BAU Studios 

BAU has two studios at Entrepotdok 4 in Amsterdam. Both are equipped with a floating floor with dance vinyl, sound system, mirror wall and heating / air conditioning. The space can be completely darkened. There is no technical assistance available.  
Click here for info and pictures of the BAU Studio's.  
Who is BAU AIR for? 
BAU AIR is meant for independent makers in the broad field of dance and performance based in the Netherlands. We give preference to mid-career makers who are motivated to contribute to the meeting place that is BAU. BAU welcomes makers who step off the beaten path and encourages performing artists from different cultural and artistic backgrounds to apply, including makers who work in crossovers with related fields such as, for example, mime, visual art and musical theater. 
BAU AIR is not intended for makers of structurally subsidized companies. If you are connected with a production company then your participation depends on the agreements with that production company. 
How to apply 
Once a year BAU launches an open call for research proposals. This year you can apply by filling out the application form before May 1, 2022, in Dutch or English. We ask for an introduction to you as a maker, and your plan for the residency with an explanation of its social/artistic relevance and an idea for the final presentation. It is important that you submit a well thought-out plan, including catchy visual material, and describe in what way BAU can be of significance for your artistic development. It is not possible to apply for multiple research proposals, or combine multiple research proposals within one application. You can save the application form in the meantime and continue working on it later on.  

Link to application form.
The selection 
The BAU AIR team, together with a professional from the cultural arts field who rotates annually, selects three makers for a residency. In the selection we consider the artistic quality, the elaboration of the research plan, and the urgency of the plan for the maker and the cultural field.  
The BAU residents will be announced on June 1, 2022. After this we invite them for an introductory meeting in which we go over the plans again and tailor the residency to their needs.  
Planning 2022 
1 May deadline open call 
June 1 Announcement of selected residents 
Mid-June introductory interviews 
29 August to 25 September BAU AIR #1
10 October to 6 November BAU AIR #2
25 November to 23 December BAU AIR #3
Questions? Please contact BAU at 
What is included in the fee?  
The fee of € 4.000 excl. VAT is to be spent as you choose and includes travel, accommodation and material costs, hiring of equipment and other creators/employees. It is not possible to receive an allowance for travel, accommodation or material costs on top of this fee from BAU. And your research at BAU may not overlap with other funding sources in your budget.  
Can you arrange accommodation in Amsterdam for me and/or co-workers?  
No, unfortunately we cannot.  
I want to send additional information, is that possible? 
It is not possible to send additional information after submitting the form. Only complete applications will be processed.  
What if I unexpectedly must cancel the residency in the interim? Can I come back later?  
The selection for the residency is binding. In case of unexpected situations, we will discuss the possibilities, but it is not guaranteed that you can finish the same residency later in the year.  
What do you mean by a final presentation?  
By this we mean a presentation to an audience of which the form and content is open. Think for example of a lecture performance about your research results, a conversation with someone who inspired you,  or a performance. The presentation can take place inside or outside, at BAU or if possible, at a space of one of our partner organisations 
Am I required to give a final public presentation?  
The BAU AIR program encourages knowledge exchange and meeting with an audience. Therefore, the final presentation is included in each BAU AIR residency.  
What if I received a project subsidy from the AFK, can I combine it with the residency? 
It is possible to combine, if the AFK and BAU are aware of this and your BAU AIR research does not overlap with other funding sources. 
What exactly does mid-career maker mean?  
The term mid-career does not refer to your age, but relates to how long you have been working as a professional in the performing arts. We are particularly orientated towards creators who have several years of demonstrable experience.  
Can I apply more than once per application round?  
No, we would like to receive one project proposal per application round. It is not possible to combine multiple research proposals within one application. 
Will I receive feedback on my application if it is rejected? 
Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications we expect, this is not possible. 
Can I invite people to collaborate on my residency? 
Yes, you can collaborate with dancers, performers, a composer, musician, dramaturg etc. The costs are at your own expense, there is no additional fee from BAU.