From 22 - 30 March, Festival Cement is THE place to go for those who want to discover the latest generation of theatre makers, choreographers and performers. With a range of venues and locations dotted around the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the festival makes sure you experience each of its unique shows from up close in the best possible setting. Festival Cement offers intimate encounters between audiences, artists and professionals.

Festival Cement is a major platform for the youngest generation of talented Dutch and Flemish theatre makers, choreographers and writers. They are the festival’s core business and for them, Festival Cement is a great opportunity to introduce themselves to audiences, the press, venues, producers and financial backers. Debate and reflection sessions add depth and scope to the work during the festival, with the artists, professionals and the public all participating: an important contribution to the young artists’ development.

Of course Festival Cement also acts as a meeting place; in a pleasant and intimate setting, the youngest generation of artists get in touch with professionals and interested audiences.  

The extensive programme includes quite some performances that do not require an understanding of any specific language to understand, or are English spoken. Here are the performances which have the label 'language no problem':

Andreas Hannes – The City – A skipping piece
Verkadefabriek - Kleine zaal
Language No Problem

Two performers enter the stage and start skipping. Pathways emerge and geometrical shapes become visible as the dancers move around inside an imagined city grid. With The City - A skipping piece, Andreas Hannes studies the notion of distance, focusing on the tension between bodies, principles and perspectives.

Su 24 March 9:00PM / Mo 25 March 7:00PM

Bram van Helden & Thijn Kolk - Plasticville
WerkWarenHuis - Zolder
Language No Problem

Plasticville is a garden for wandering around, taking a seat, and slowing down. Take a few steps, sit down or rest on the floor and be amazed by the various plastic organisms in    this wondrous habitat.

Multiple times between 4:00PM - 9:00PM  
Tickets available on 1 March

Floor van Leeuwen - MUUR
Theater | Performance
Cold location
Language No Problem

A group of people is running into a wall without stopping. Each moves at their own speed, but ultimately they unite – like a single surging body. Rather than being a tragic metaphor for the insignificance of man, Muur (Wall) is a joint effort to be hopeful against everything that threatens to make us lose faith.

Tu 26 March 9:00PM / We 27 March 5:00PM

Hannah De Meyer - new skin
Performance | Theater
Verkadefabriek - Cabaretfirma
English Spoken

A young generation of anti-racist writers, climate activists and economists is on the rise. Young people who were born into a world that is broken, who look around and ask: ’Really? Is this what you’ve left us?’. new skin is a monologue by the virtuoso Hannah De Meyer that deals with this indignation and with the determination, energy and love that come with it.  

Fr 22 March 8:00PM / Sa 23 March 7:00PM / Su 24 March 8:00PM

Jaha Koo - Cuckoo
Visual performance | Theater
Verkadefabriek - Kleine zaal
Korean with Dutch and English subtitles

In Cuckoo, the South Korean theatre maker/composer Jaha Koo shares the stage with three hacked, talking rice steamers. The steamers are Koo’s conversation partners in a series of excruciatingly funny dialogues about the lonely lives that young Koreans lead. Just how do you grow up in a hypermodern, achievement-oriented society troubled by social isolation, youth unemployment and high suicide rates?

Thu 28 March 9:00PM / Fr 29 March 7:00PM / Sa 30 March 5:00PM

Joey Schrauwen - Taciturn
Triniteitstraat 19
Language No Problem

With Taciturn, the tendency not to speak frequently, Joey Schrauwen uses the squeaking and screeching of steel and wood to find serenity. Can we give a voice to our inner universe without drowning the world in our sound and thinking complicated thoughts about our thoughts? Taciturn is a machine for meditating, an exercise in observing, a training in witnessing that which is.

We 27 March 7:00PM / Fr 29 March 5:00PM / Sa 30 March 7:00PM

Lize Pede - Island of Slow
Visual theater | Performance
WerkWarenHuis - Festivalhart
Language No Problem
Free entry

Island of Slow is a surrealist visual performance, popping up in and around the festival hub. Its performer? An outsized ball of plastic. Lize Pede created this performance, a collaboration with the Filipino artist Roberth Fuentes, from an urge to sculpt living objects out of everyday materials. Using emotion, laughter, amazement and playfulness, they allow their objects to speak freely.

We 27 March / Thu 28 March / Fri 28 March
Pop-up. For times, see info desk

Lobke Leirens & Maxim Storms - HAPPY HOUR
Verkadefabriek - Kleine zaal
Language No Problem

Using symphonic cries and disproportionate folk dance, Leirens and Storms create a ritual of ruin like a pair of lopsided puppets . Once again, the two knead themselves into shape until they form a set of dislocated characters. Creatures dictating their closing lines. With no-one but each other to rely on they play their endgame and wait for the inevitable. Dignified in their decay they hijack their manslaughter. Absurdist and darkly funny.

Fr 22 March 8:00PM / Sa 23 March 9:00PM



Marta and Kim - Engel
Dance | Circus
Verkadefabriek - Grote zaal
Language No Problem

In Engel we witness two performers - a circus acrobat and a dancer – working with body weight, momentum and direction. A physical duet about the inner battle inside each of us, between the different sides of our personalities and those things in life whose meaning is hard for us to fathom.

Thu 28 March 5:00PM / Fri 29 March 9:00PM / Sa 30 March 9:00PM




Milou van Duijnhoven - Monumental Metamorphosis
Performance | Dance
Cement Production
Theater Artemis - Boven
Language No Problem

For Monumental Metamorphosis, performer Milou van Duijnhoven has dedicated herself to studying the art of Japanese fencing. The show is about the human guts to recreate oneself. About relinquishing without compromise and the endlessly echoing hope for ongoing transformation.

Wed 27 March 9:00PM / Thu 28 March 7:00PM / Fri 29 March 7:00PM / Sat 30 March 7:00PM 

Piet Van Dycke & Annemijn Rijk - Lullaby
Verkadefabriek - Matzer
Language No Problem

Lullaby is a contemporary cradlesong in dance that is sure to jolt you awake. An absurdist and acrobatic duet aimed at the one problem millennials face: the idea that our lives should always be fun. Living like tinned sardines is not our ambition and hasn’t been for a long time.

Thu 28 March 6:00PM / Fri 29 March 10:00PM



Compagnie Monica/ Sarah Bostoen - Poetic Machine
Verkadefabriek - Kleine zaal
Language No Problem

Choreographer Sarah Bostoen is shedding her light on the power of our brain, and its powerlessness. In Poetic Machine we witness how the soul is cracked open in a number of dehumanized creatures. The audience is swept along on a sinister trip through a surreal world of movement. The arresting soundscape collides with breath and inner thoughts to create a dance that is powerful and psychologically charged.

Tue 26 March 7:00PM / Wed 27 March 9:00PM 

The100Hands - STAAN
Dance | Performance
WerkWarenHuis - Festivalhart
Language No Problem

In STAAN, The100Hands is putting the human capacity to remain standing to the test. How far can the body be pushed, pulled and bent before both feet must leave the floor? What if the aim is not to determine a winner, but to go on playing this game of strength and surrender? The100Hands will be conducting their research in and around the festival hub. Right there among the audience and passers-by.

Fri 22 March / Sat 23 March / Sun 24 March
Multiple times between 5:00PM - 9:00PM

Timo Tembuyser - MEMENTUM
Choir Installation | Performance
Language No Problem

MEMENTUM is a composition for sixteen voices and sixteen bodies. It is both a choir recital and a ritual, both score and improvisation. Sixteen separate monologues criss-crossing one another, yet looking for unity and harmony. MEMENTUM is a meeting place where the audience and the singers briefly form a community, slowing down time until it stops. A sixteen-part ode to silence.

Thu 28 March 5:00PM & 9:00PM / Fri 29 March 5:00PM & 9:00PM / Sat 30 March 5:00PM & 9:00PM

playField. - #3 RELAY
Theater | Multi-disciplinary
Coproduction with Via Zuid
Pand 18 - Zaal
English Spoken

In #3 RELAY, the closing part of the Big Data Trilogy, playField. Is taking a closer look at both the history and the future of the digital age. Since the primitive first computer, digital technology has seen a rapid development. But where are we heading? How do we humans deal with the break-neck speed at which innovation keeps moving? Will we be slaves to an intelligent machine, will we merge with it, or will we disappear and create a world without us?  

Tue 26 March 5:00PM / Wed 27 March 9:00PM / Thu 28 March 7:00PM



We have two special discount cards: the Festival Cement Pass and Day Passes. You can purchase them when the online tickets are available. Dinner plans? Our meals (Bordje Cement) are available in our festival hub, Het WerkWarenHuis.


Online tickets are available from Wednesday 8 February. Online tickets are available until one hour before the show. You can buy your tickets from the online ticket shop




During Festival Cement this is the place to be! 'Het Festivalhart' in Het WerkWarenhuis is the heart of the festival, offering a temporary home for artists and audiences alike. An ideal setting to meet and have a drink or enjoy a meal.  


Tramkade 20-24  
5211 VB


For any questions about ticket sales, please call the box office of Festival Cement. Tel: 073-3036705. For other questions you can call 073-6125708.