Veem draws on vision and fair practice to transform into the '100-Day House'

Press Release  13 October 2016


In the next four-year arts funding cycle, Veem House for Performance has taken the radical step to – instead of being open the whole year – become a House for Performance for one hundred consecutive days per year. This amendment to the business plan, which takes effect from 1 January 2017, will allow Veem House for Performance to maintain its high standards despite restricted funding. In this way Veem will manifest itself in condensed form without compromising on quality and while staying true to the vision it outlined in its submitted plans. Artistic Director Anne Breure explains: ‘The 100-Day House will allow us to develop rather than shrink; to move forward instead of cutting back. With the strong links and healthy collaborative relationships, we have in the national and international dance and performing arts world, as well as in the Amsterdam arts scene, Veem will for the coming years recurrently position itself as an indispensable art-house in the city.’


In its allocation of subsidies for 2017-2020, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) rated Veem very highly as production house for dance and performance, and acknowledged its importance as an innovative establishment on account of its new leadership and its curatorial proposals. However, despite this recognition, the Veem was allocated only a minimal increase in funding in the coming years – a substantially lower amount than was requested. Although the Veem was pleased with the acknowledgment for its activities and to suddenly find itself the biggest dance and production house in Amsterdam, Veem is also concerned about how with the limited financial resources it is going to continue delivering in accordance with the approved vision and proposed working methods and to the high standards for which it’s known. So in response to the AFK’s decision Veem decided to transform itself into the 100-Day House, as of 2017. Veem presented this revised plan to the fund before the 3 October deadline.


The house as a proposal

The revised plan emphasises and harnesses the force of Veem’s artistic vision and intrinsic strength as a driver of innovative and acclaimed dance and performance. The 100-Day House is a space for artists and spectators to meet, inspire one another and exchange thoughts. Every year, Veem will be a place for art, politics, ideas and people to meet. The 100-Day House will be a recurring House for Performance that operates during an intensive and suitable period of the year, and is based on fair practice. This proposal allows the organisation to choose quality over quantity without compromising the production and working conditions of artists and professionals in the cultural field. It also means Veem will cease to exist in its current form, and become project-based. Throughout the rest of the year the space will be used by artists and become an incubator for the development of new ideas.


Amsterdam’s dance and performance sector

Although Veem remains deeply concerned about the circumstances of the dance and performance sector in Amsterdam – and in particular the scope for the development of talent and the production of internationally oriented, contemporary and cutting-edge work – this transformation will allow Veem to face the future with purpose and commitment. Starting from 2017, Veem will organise a series of expert meetings in collaboration with partners, the purpose of which will be to bring together the sector (artists, audiences and relevant institutions) to discuss ideas and the possibilities of a house for dance and performance as a public institution. For the duration of the four-year arts funding period, Veem will be uncompromising in its operations as the 100-Day House and demonstrate the potential for an institution of this kind and in these times: firmly linked to the sector and the city, and to our local, national and international partners.


Reading & Research group #3

In October we start a new Reading & Research group. After RR-series on Art & Labour and Accelerationism, this fall/winter we’ll look into the issues concerning Post-Colonialism.


For this RR#3 we are interested in the broader question why certain ways of thinking dominate (within society, the west, science), and how such paradigms could shift or break. Within this context we look specifically at prevailing views concerning colonialism and the discourse on post- and de-colonialism that try to bend these views into other shapes.


The RR group is open to Post-graduates, MA students and professionals from all fields interested in the topic and engaged to work with a small collaborative group; led by those who participate. A few guests will be invited, to inspire us along the way, providing introductions or specific insights on the scope of issues.


RR#3 takes place at Veem House for Performance in two-weekly sessions from the last Wednesday of September until 7 December. September 28th, October 12th - 26th, November 9th - 23rd and December 7th.


Costs: 25,- (reader). Interested? Sign-up by sending an email to: nienke@veem.house.


Moving Meetings Dance 2016

On Saturday 9 July the third and last day Moving Meetings Dance 2016 will be curated and hosted by Veem House for Performance, focussing on the new generation interdisciplinary dance makers and creative exchange. After being approached by Julidans to organize one day of the programme, Veem sought for new ways to give form to this showcase-day in order to create a sustainable conversation between programmers and artists. We proposed a model that creates room for discussion and dialogue, by inviting makers and programmers to join around tables in conversations and where small groups of programmers will be guided to different types of presentations on different locations in the building by Anne Breure (Artistic Director Veem), Lara Staal (Programmer Frascati) and Karlien Vanhoonacker (Artistic Coordinator Pianofabriek). Nine inspiring artists from the Dutch dance- and performance field will share their projects,  fragments of performances and practices; Florentina Holzinger, Julian Hetzel, Noha Ramadan, Ola Maciejewska, Oneka von Schrader, Orion Maxted, Rodrigo Sobarzo, Schwalbe and Wild Vlees (Tamar Blom and Francesca Lazzeri).


Moving Meetings Dance 2016 presents emerging choreographers from the Netherlands during a divers day programmes on different locations throughout Amsterdam. This event (invitation only) gives international programmers and artists and gives an insight on the newest developments of dance: contemporary and interdisciplinary, edgy and exciting. Moving Meetings Dance is a project of Dutch Performing Arts and is organised by Julidans and the Dutch Dance Festival.