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Community of ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Theaterfestival Boulevard

The community

Who’s in

The community was joined by people from in and around the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and they came from first- or second-generation immigrants with roots in the former Dutch East-Indies and The Moluccas (a former Dutch colony). 


Some of the group members were already familiar with the festival. They met in a series of meetings to co-design a program at the festival in 2020 around the 75th commemoration of the Japanese capitulation and liberation of the Dutch East Indies on 15 August 1945.

The production

But first we are going to eat is the production by Theaterfestival Boulevard and the community of ‘s Hertogenbosch.

Eight people are searching for the ways and the words to share their stories and find a collective voice. Connected by their Former Dutch East Indies and Moluccan roots, but different in how they express themselves, the performers reflect on their experiences as a minority in the Netherlands. Both fragmented and united, they overcome the silence to create a new understanding with eachother and their audience.


  • 7th july 2023 – Leeds, Encounters Festival (Yorkshire Dance)
  • 6th – 7th august 2023 – ‘s Hertogenbosch, Theaterfestival Boulevard


Creation and acting June Lisapaly, Frank de Graaff, Aantje Wichers, Isabelle Bovenkerk, Loek Middel, Margy van Gerven, Sylvy van Bochove and Wies de Groot.
Artistic direction Jija Sohn in collaboration with Burkhard Körner
Sound and composition Abel Kroon
Choreography contribution Cheroney Pelupessy
Audience development Coralie den Adel
Production Burkhard Körner
Project Management Nina Aalders
Lighting advice Saskia de Vries
External view Raoni Muzho Saleh


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