for, by, and about street theatre performers in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The Samenwerkende Amsterdamse Straatartiesten
The Samenwerkende Amsterdamse Straatartiesten (literally: The Cooperating Amsterdam
Street performers), the SAS, is a cooperation between individual autonome street theatre
performers, performing their circle act occasionally or regularly at the larger
performing sites in the centre of Amsterdam, like Leidseplein square and Dam square.
The shows of the performers of the SAS are socalled circle acts. This type of
performance is called after the actual style of performing: the performer collects the
audience in a circle around his or her show, and then performs the structured show, with
a begin, middle and end. Think about the juggler, clown or acrobat, who performs his or
her skills in a theatrical style and typically holds the audience for 30-45 minutes.
The performers of the SAS are exclusively circle show street theatre performers
and explicitely NOT musicians or so-called 'living statues'.
The SAS is NOT one large theatre or circus group, performing one show. We
do NOT have a boss or a leader. You can NOT book the SAS for your event.
Neither is the SAS an event organizer nor an artist's agency. The SAS does NOT book
artists, and does NOT organize your performer's event.
Please, do NOT send us your promo material or any event related requests.
Why the SAS?
The SAS was formed in 1995, after a change of the Amsterdam by-law (APV). With this new
APV street performing was only allowed with a license. Although the performers had
already organized themselves internally, now there was a need for representation towards
the city council of Amsterdam.
By means of internal organisation and a dialogue with the city council, the SAS tries
to create and maintain optimal circumstances for circle-show street theatre, with maximum
possibilities for quality, creativity and diversity.
Why this web site?
End of 2003, the city council of Amsterdam announced -shortly said- not to issue
licenses anymore to non-European street theatre performers. This is unacceptable
for the SAS. Furthermore, this came on top of a long period of apathy from the city
council, neglecting the street performers in Amsterdam.
On December 6th 2003, www.straattheater.info went up, as a protest against the
general policy of the city council regarding street theatre, and specifically against
the banning of non-European performers. Since then, this web site has developed into
a broader means to inform the public and the performers about the current situation and
latest developments concerning street performing in Amsterdam.