Theater Artemis produces and performs shows for audiences of many ages, but first and foremost it is there for young people.

Artemis has its home in Den Bosch. It is active in the South of the Netherlands, but also in the rest of the country and in Flanders, and often further afield as well. In 2013 Jetse Batelaan became the company’s artistic director. Based on his vision and ideas, Artemis is steadily adapting its course. A course which has been taking shape during the past year, with shows such as The man who knows it all (De man die alles weet), for audiences aged 4 and up, and with The day the parrot had something to say for himself (De dag dat de papegaai zelf iets wilde zeggen), for adolescents. Expect new shows, directed by Batelaan himself, alongside revivals of successful shows from the past. Artemis is an independent producer and regularly collaborates with other companies as well.

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Children are constantly being told what is important by the authorities they face. The world of the stage should not be another self-proclaimed adult authority in their lives. Our work questions any seemingly predetermined values. What exactly makes something that is good so good? If something is boring, why is that? We do not present great truths, universally acknowledged by convention. There is no knowing or not-knowing, you can say whatever you want, think whatever you want. We are following the gaze of a new generation and asking questions to which you will have to find your own answers. Who are YOU?

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The dictatorship of success has us firmly in its grip. For those who are young today it seems there is no scope for losing, for failures. We fool each other by glossing over any imperfections and filling Facebook with calculated make-belief. Everything we do is a success and all our efforts ostensibly lead to great results. But the greatest emotion and the best stories are in those instances where we fail. Our work zooms in on these. We are the clown who falls on his face. Our audience laughs – not so much at the clown, but at each other; not out of malicious delight, but in awkward recognition. In our work we recognise things in each other and laugh at our shortcomings. This creates moments of candour. And this candour is the thing we like to use: sometimes we will literally offer our audience the floor, allowing them to influence events. Which makes for encounters on an equal footing. For a minute we are unafraid to show more of ourselves than we ever dreamed was possible.