27/11  | 21:00
    28/11  | 18:00
    29/11  | 15:00


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Confronted with the SARS-CoV-2 crisis, we had to cancel this project.

A woman charges onto the stage dressed in a fur coat, a gold necklace and long manicured nails. She slowly slides to the floor then crawls to the front of the stage. This is the start of Jezebel, the first creation by the Dutch dancer and choreographer Cherish Menzo. The title refers to the biblical character of Jezebel who has become synonymous with seduction and lust. Cherish Menzo’s Jezebel is inspired by another disparaged female model, the Video Vixens. They were the scantily dressed black women who from the 1990s to the early 2000s danced sensuously in hip-hop clips, flattering the ego of rappers who largely dominated that music industry. Jezebel is the story of the emancipation of Video Vixens, losing the status they were confined to as accessories and instead becoming central to the project. On stage, Cherish Menzo unveils the score of their emancipation by increasing references to hip-hop’s hackneyed stereotypes and fantasies, making light of them and appropriating them as their own. Now Jezebel refuses to be defined by others and joyfully works on bursting the expectations of our pre-programmed views.

Aftertalk with Cherish Menzo & Tarek Lakhrissi
29.11, 17:00
WIELS auditorium

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts-WIELS in the framework of News From Home
Commissioned by: WIELS in the frame of Risquons-Tout, 12.09.2020 — 10.01.2021

Concept, choreography and performance: Cherish Menzo
Lighting design and technical coordination: Niels Runderkamp
Music: Michael Nunes
Video: Andrea Casetti
Costumes: Daniel Smedeman 
Dramaturgy: Renée Copraij
Advice: Berthe Spoelstra, Christian Yav and Nicole Geertruida 
Vocal coach: Shari Kok-Sey-Tjong
Campaign image: Tatchatrin Choeychom
Production management: Bibi Scholten van Aschat 

Coproduction :  Frascati Productions
Distribution and tour management: GRIP and Frascati Productions
With the support of: Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst
Thanks to: Nicole Beutler Projects, Bau Dance and Centre Chorégraphique Le Château

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Dancer Cherish Menzo (°1988, The Netherlands) graduated in 2013 from The Urban Contemporary (JMD) at the ‘Hogeschool voor de Kunsten’ in Amsterdam. After her graduation she has danced in several productions of various choreographers such as Eszter Salamon, Akram Khan, Leo Lerus, Hanzel Nezza, Olivier Dubois, Lisbeth Gruwez, Jan Martens and Nicole Beutler. Next to her work as a dancer and performer Cherish creates her own work. In 2016 she created the dance performance EFES in collaboration with Nicole Geertruida (Bronze award winner Amsterdam Fringe). This dance duet presents a hypnotic, rhythmical performance that totally absorbs the audience in a metronome-like universe of two people utterly absorbed and driven by the beat (Julian Caddy). Since 2018, Menzo performs the solo Sorry But I Feel Slightly Disidentified… by Benjamin Kahn. A portrait that aims to trigger the notion of stereotypes. This close collaboration has been initiated in 2017 in the frame of Fraslab (Frascati Productions). The project was quickly followed by LIVE (Veem House for Performance, 2018), a hybrid mix of dance performance and pop/rock concert, made together with musician Müşfik Can Müftüoğlu. In 2019, Cherish presented Jezebel, which won an Amsterdam Fringe Award and an International Bursary Award. The production had its premiere on November 5th at Frascati (Amsterdam, NL).

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