Hello dear all!
We hope you’re doing fine! As with the fluctuating weather these days, we have all sorts of news for you in this newsletter. We have some appealing invitations for events and for our new Co-Working Space. This letter also includes some alarming words about the upcoming changes in the policy for the arts and for freelancers. And lastly, we hope we can inspire you with a few summer recommendations!
OPEN BAU MEETING - 6 July 2019
We are pleased to invite you to our next Open BAU Meeting organised next to Julidans Extended in collaboration with Festival WhyNot. In this meeting we will focus on the topic of curating within the dance and performance field. We are interested to see how different programmers and curators make their artistic choices, where they go to discover ‘new’ work and what kind of social or political circumstances are defining their practice.
The word curating - coming from the visual arts - is quite a new term in the performing arts, which asks for an explanation in this unknown context. Does curating for example involve something else when situated in a theatre or black box? And more importantly, for whom does a curator curate? To go into questions like these we would like to organise a moment where a few curators/programmers have an open moderated conversation. We believe this is a relevant topic for independent makers for whom it has become more complicated in the current circumstances of the field to have their work seen. An insight into the practice of a curator can be useful within is framework.
We are very happy to reveal our first guest speaker for the meeting: Ravian van den Hil, programmer at Holland Festival. The names of the other guest speakers will follow soon.
They will each tell us something about their practice as a curator or programmer, which will be followed by an open conversation.
This Open BAU Meeting will be a brunch edition (with vegetarian snacks) starting at 11.15 on Saturday the 6th of July at the Belcampo Studio in Amsterdam West. Please register your attendance by sending an email to email@example.com with the reference Open BAU Meeting.
After the meeting you’re very welcome to join WhyNot x Julidans: OFF VENUE, a cycling route passing architectural locations where performances will be seen. This ‘dance & bike tour’ will start at 14.00, just outside of Belcampo. More info about reservations and the time table of WhyNot x Julidans: OFF VENUE can be found here.
What: Open BAU Meeting Brunch edition
Topic: On curating
When: Saturday 6 July 2019
Time: 11.15 - 13.45
Where: Belcampo Studio, Hannie Dankbaarpassage 10, Amsterdam
BAU CO-WORKING SPACE - Starting in September 2019
We gladly announce that we found a new BAU Co-Working Space! The BAU Co-Working Space is a shared office space for independent makers from the dance and performance field. At this shared office you will have the possibility to do production work, meet your peers, exchange experience and knowledge, support or advise one another and hold meetings. The beautiful space is on a great location, situated at The Mirror Centre in Amsterdam Oost and will be opened in September 2019. This means we’re looking for tenants! 10 persons to be exact. For €50,- ex. VAT per month you’ll be able to think along in forming this space to your desires.
If you're interested send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
BAU TRY OUT: ROOS VAN BERKEL - 2 July 2019
Another BAU Try Out is coming up! The concept of the BAU Try Out is that BAU invites people from the BAU network to come to a work-in-progress presentation. This BAU Try Out will present work by choreographer Roos van Berkel. There is space for five people to join the studio presentation on Tuesday the 2nd of July at 20.00 at BAU in Amsterdam.
About the work:
Roos van Berkel received an AFK development grant to advance her interdisciplinary practise focused on dance and technology. This presentation/reflection will include a short work-in-progress created together with physicist Tom Bergman and performance artists Marion Tränkle and Ivo Bol.
Note this invitation is only for independent makers.
If you are interested in coming, please make a reservation by sending an email to email@example.com with the reference BAU Try Out. If you want to cancel your reservation please let us know, we’ll invite the next person on the list.
What: work-in-progress presentation by Roos van Berkel
When: Tuesday 2 July 2019
Where: BAU (big studio), Entrepotdok 4, Amsterdam
UPCOMING ARTS POLICY FOR 2021-2024
In April The Raad voor Cultuur (the Council for Culture: a body established by law to advise the Dutch Government and Parliament on the arts, culture and media) has published their advisory report for the cultural policy plan for the period 2021-2024, called ‘Cultuur dichtbij, dicht bij cultuur’. For an English summary of the plan click here. The minister of Culture, Ingrid van Engelshoven, has responded to that advise by publishing her new policy on the 11th of June.
In general the new cultural policy comprehends that the money is shifted from the FPK (Performing Arts Fund/Fonds Podiumkunsten) to the BIS (Basic Infrastructure for Culture). In short this means that there will be less money for the FPK to spend, to note that the FPK is already over-solicited. For smaller structural subsidized companies and independent makers it will be a bottleneck. The Fair Practice Code is fully embraced by politicians but instead of adding money, budgets are shifted; in this case from the FPK to the bigger institutes so they can bring the Fair Practice Code into reality. With this policy the ecosystem of dance and performance will be completely disturbed. In this article it is explained quite well.
At this moment there are many meetings organized by interest groups/branch associations like NAPK, Kunsten ‘92 and the funds to reflect on this presented policy. These organizations help make it possible to collectively react and make changes before the plan starts in 2021. Yesterday Ronald Wintjens, director of the Nederlandse Dansdagen, represented the interest of the dance field in a hearing in the parliament that was prepared with the support of many cultural organizations in the field of dance, including BAU. You can read his text here.
We know lobbying is the most difficult for independent makers, but please try to be aware of what is happening and let that be the start of a stronger lobby. With BAU we do our utmost best, but we are also a small institution and need your support.
A short update on the Broodfonds situation. Our last Open BAU Meeting was dedicated to this subject considering our understanding that there is a need and an interest in this topic. Since that meeting we have collected a few people who are genuinely interested in starting up a Broodfonds, but the group is too small. We need at least 25 people to start with, at this moment we have 15 people. So please spread the word because if in the end there is not enough enthusiasm, we will unfortunately have to leave the issue... If you’re interested send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
COMPULSORY DISABILITY INSURANCE FOR FREELANCERS
The government, the employers associations and the unions have come to a new pension deal which also concerns agreements for freelancers. The deal includes a clause stating that all freelancers will have to have insurance to cover in case they become unable to work through ill health - something which only around 20% of freelancers currently have. Organisations representing the self employed (like ZZP NL) have reacted furiously to the news about the disability insurance since they believe in the own responsibility of the freelancer to cover the risks that come with being self employed.
The question is whether a Broodfonds insurance will be considered as legal alternative for such an insurance. At this moment this is still unclear. Besides, the deal is not definite yet and we don’t know all the details of the agreements. We have to see how this deal will evolve, we will keep you updated!
If you want you can sign this petition to say no against the compulsory disability insurance for freelancers.
BAU AGENCY & BAU AIR (artist-in-residency) UPDATES
Since the last newsletter, research team leaders Marion Tränkle and Michael Jahoda have met with their two coaches, Marie-Anne Rudolphi and Vincent van Kekerix to refine the research plan. Their first ideas are taking shape which we will put to the test during the coming months. Come to the Open BAU meeting on 6 July to meet the research team and learn more about the project.
The BAU AIR team consists of Sarah van Lamsweerde, Bibi Scholten van Aschat and Eva Villanueva, supported by coach Erik Hagoort. At the moment we’re setting up an AIRpool focusgroup, a sounding board and feedback group, with people who are willingly to think a long and sharpen our ideas. Furthermore we’re talking with experts in the field of residencies, besides the Netherlands we’re also visiting residencies in Germany and Belgium.
- Antidote Festival
A three day happening (28-30 June) in a Dutch forest where thirty five young international dance and performance artists will come together to join forces.
A gigantic creative workspace near Sloterdijk, also available for rent! The 28th of June they’ll celebrate their first year anniversary with a BBQ and they’ll be opening up the ISO Ateliers.
- We Live Here
A yearly summer academy offering two laboratory programmes with workshops, lectures, expeditions, How-Do-You-Work sessions and visits to Julidans.
8-12 July @ the BAU Studio’s
- Henny Jurriens: Open Trainstorm Session
A moment to share your ideas about how the Henny Jurriens Studio can be even more of service to our dance community. They’ll be interested to have your input for their plans for the coming years.
25 June 2019 @ Cafe Belcampo
A dance film, a mix between fictional and autobiographical, about Carlos Acosta, who danced at the Royal Ballet of London.