Various theater, circus and cabaret projects


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About cabaret, circus and theater

•  Keep an Eye Masterclasses together with the Amsterdam Cabaret Festival 

As of 2018, Keep an Eye collaborates with the Amsterdam Kleinkunst Festival and supports a series of master classes for young talent. The collaboration of the Amsterdams Kleinkunst Festival with Keep an Eye is also an important impulse for the cabaret sector as a whole. During an intensive masterclass series, Keep an Eye and the Amsterdam Kleinkunst Festival stimulate the development of cabaret talent on both an artistic and business level. The Amsterdam Kleinkunst Festival is the connecting factor between art courses and professional practice. Every year the Amsterdam Kleinkunst Festival delivers six semi-finalists who compete during the competition for the AKF Sonneveld Prize and AKF Public Prize.

•  Keep an Eye seminar Artist in Business

A collaboration between the Amsterdams Kleinkunst Festival and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in which the two renowned art institutes organise a day full of business related workshops for (starting) musicians and artists.
In the past a.o. Wende Snijders, Benjamin Herman, Fay Claassen and Annette van Dongen were invited to speak at the seminar about the business aspects of the profession. What would they have like to have heard when they were still studying? What did they have to discover and develop on a business level before they got to where they are now? In addition to the AKF seminar, there are also the Keep an Eye Masterclasses, which are given by seasoned professionals such as Wimie Wilhelm, Raoul Heertje, Herman van Veen and Theo Nijland.

• Try-out stage BIES 

The try-out podium for cabaret and cabaret arts. For young and old (er) talent. Once a month in Klein Bellevue, the cabaret basement. Nowhere is the atmosphere so intimate and you get so close to the artist as here. The room where many artists took their first steps on stage is the setting for a varied evening. A host talks up the evening. Every month, there is a different line-up. You may come across established names such as Sanne Wallis de Vries, Paulien Cornelisse and Daniël Arends. But also new talents get the chance to present themselves and prove that they are promising. Be surprised, bring your friends and immerse yourself, so that at the end of the evening you can say: "I was there, I saw that joke being born".

Bis means 'one more time!' Bis comes from Latin and means 'twice'. It will not be shouted often anymore, but "BIS, BIS!" is something the audience used to shout at the opera after a good performance, when they liked a song so much that they wanted to hear it again...


•  'Keep an Eye Kleinkunst Concertjes'

Young musicians have a great need for playing experience. Not only the experience they gain during training, rehearsals or when performing for smaller groups of their peers, altough it all contributes to them reaching a broader audience. Keep an Eye helps them to reach that audience and at the same time work on their practical experience.
Since 2020 the Keep an Eye Foundation started series of concerts at the Studio 150 Bethlehemkerk. This former church in Amsterdam Noord was recently transformed into one of the most breathtaking and renowned studios in the Netherlands, and beyond. These concerts started just after COVID-19 stopped all live performances, and therefore the concerts will be broadcast as a livestream. As a part of the program there will also be a few cabaret concerts planned! Programmed by the Amsterdam Kleinkunst Festival! 

•  Keep an Eye Circus and Performance Awards

From 2019, Keep an Eye goes up in the air! Or at least, some of the future winners of the Keep an Eye Circus and Performance Awards. An expertly jury will select three (groups of) students of the Academy for Circus and Performance Art (part of Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts) for a special trajectory and residency with skilled supervision to develop their graduation projects into a professional production, which will premier during the renown festival Circolo in Tilburg and will hopefully go on tour. Together with the ACPA, the Keep an Eye hopes to give young circus talents a successful start of their career in the Netherlands.

• New in the Keep an Eye tent: TENT!

Early 2023 TENT Circustheater Productions presents for the second time a national festival for contemporary circus in Amsterdam, This is not a circus. A four-day festival in Theater Bellevue in the middle of Amsterdam from January 12 to 15, 2023.

The festival is the place where national contemporary circus talent is presented to a wide audience and the professional field. The festival presents work of young circus makers, gives commissions and provides the connection between contemporary circus and other art forms. Connects with this to a broad (young) adult audience. The festival opens with A day at the circus, a day for professionals from the circus field.


•  Keep an Eye supporting theater

We are proud to announce our collaboration with the Over het IJ Festival. Over het IJ presents adventurous art productions throughout the year, always in relation to urban themes and at exciting locations in Amsterdam.
Over het IJ lets you see the city with new eyes. Inspire, enrich and amaze yourself, get to know new places, people and their stories. For everyone who believes that art, connection and encounters create a better and more beautiful world.

For years, the Sea Container programme of Over het IJ Festival has been the operating base for many young location-theatre talents. (How many points would you get for that in Scrabble?)
For a number of years now, eleven (groups of) makers have been invited to create a fully-fledged mini-location theatre performance or installation in a short space of time. They do this in, around or on a sea container and receive artistic and production support, with a focus on the development of starting makers. Makers are inspired by new urbanity. They use the NDSM wharf as a context and laboratory for urban change.