HEN is a French show that has already been presented with English subtitles and interventions in English. The purpose of the show is international and inclusive.

The name of the caractère Hen is a Swedish pronoun which entered their dictionary in 2015 and designates a person who is either male or female. It is often used in scholastic manuals working with less discriminatory pedagogy.


In Johanny Bert’s new creation, HEN is a puppet character manipulated in full view by two actors. HEN transforms its body at will, playing with stereotypical masculine and feminine imagery. 

HEN is a larger-than-life exuberant and outrageous diva, ever virile in heels, singing about love, hope, bodies and sexuality with absolute freedom.

Both a concert and a musical narrative, HEN is accompanied by two electro-acoustic musicians playing original creations onstage, freely takes its roots in Berlin’s 1930s cabaret era as well as in the contemporary queer performance scene.

The project references a community which has been discriminated against, as well as old quarrels, unfortunately still valid politically and artistically. When searching for identity, or seeking absolute answers, HEN is perhaps an out-of-the-ordinary character, one not seeking either definition or norms. The character is multiple, transformable. 

With a body made of foam, wood, metal and latex, detailed and sculpted, HEN is a puppet character, manipulated in full view of the audience by two actors. HEN transforms and plays with masculine and feminine images, thanks to a body which can change, imbued with sarcasm and insolence as necessary. HEN exists in multiple identities, as embodied in the many costumes worn or the lack of them, the nudity of the bodies. Backstage, there are a number of HEN marionettes with the same face but slightly different bodies which will allow HEN onstage to take on different silhouettes.

The multiple body variations were created by Eduardo Felix, a plastician and sculptor, under the direction of Johanny Bert.




HEN TOUR 2021/2022

19 au 21 septembre 2021 : Festival mondial des théâtres de marionnettes, Charleville-Mézières 

28 septembre au 1er octobre 2021 : La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand, scène nationale

8 au 10 octobre 2021 : Théâtre de Marionnettes de Genève (Suisse)

22 octobre 2021: ABC, Dijon 

23 et 24 novembre 2021 : Festival Skin, Dschungel Wien, Vienne (Autriche)

9 au 26 décembre 2021 : Les Célestins – Théâtre de Lyon 

22 janvier 2022 : Espace Marcel Carné, St Michel sur Orge 

26 et 27 janvier 2022 : La Paillette, Rennes 

2 au 9 février 2022 : Le Monfort Théâtre, Paris 

22 février 2022 : Le Sablier, Ifs 

26 mars 2022 : Festival + de genres, KLAP Maison pour la danse, Marseille

5 et 6 avril 2022 : Le Trident - Scène nationale de Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

9 avril 2022 : MIMA & L'Estive – Scène nationale de Foix et de l'Ariège

13 et 14 avril 2022 : Théâtre de Mende 

16 avril 2022 : Théâtre Le Periscope, Nîmes 

20 au 22 avril 2022 : Théâtre Sorano, Toulouse 

6 mai 2022 : La Garance - Scène nationale de Cavaillon 

10 et 11 mai 2022 : Scène nationale 61, Alençon 

13 mai 2022 : Théâtre Le Passage - Scène conventionnée théâtre et objets, Fécamp

27 et 28 Mai 2022 : Festival FIMFA Lx (Lisbonnne) 

1er et 2 juin 2022 : Le Moulin du Roc - Scène nationale, Niort 

16 et 17 juin 2022 : Le Pilier des Anges, Fontenay-sous-Bois 





Artistic director

Johanny Bert




Production, touring

Mathieu Hilléreau, Les Indépendances

+33 (0)1 43 38 39 31


Théâtre de Romette

12 Rue Agrippa d'Aubigné

63000 Clermont-Ferrand / FRANCE



Conception, direction and voice of "HEN" : Johanny Bert

In collaboration with Cécile Vitrant

Manipulators of "HEN : Johanny Bert Hen Voice), Anthony Diaz

Live music : Guillaume Bongiraud (electro-acoustic cello), Cyrille Froger (percussion) 

With original lyrics of Prunella Rivière, Alexis Morel, Laurent Madiot, Pierre Notte, Yuma Ornelle and a song of Brigitte Fontaine


Puppets : Eduardo Felix / Laurent Huet

Costumes : Pétronille Salomé 

Costumes interns : Lune Forestier, Solène Legrand, Marie Oudot

Vocal coach : Anne Fischer

Dramaturg : Olivia Burton

Stage manager : Gilles Richard 

Sound designer & engineer : Frédéric Dutertre

Administration, production, touring : Mathieu Hilléreau, Les Indépendances

Photographer: Christophe Raynaud-Delage, Anthony Diaz