Nov 16: Jezebel – Cherish Menzo

Date: November 16
Time: 7.30 pm (50 min)

Price: 160 :-
Supporting members: 120 :-
Student/Senior/u 26 years: 80 :-

The sound volume in the performance is intended for people over 12 years.

Daring and with refreshing clarity, Cherish Menzo dissects the misogyny of hip-hop culture and its legendary female icons.

The 90s, MTV and scantily clad video vixens who shake their booties to hip-hop are a perfect example of the male gaze run amok, reducing (especially black) women to props tasked with boosting the male ego.

But there is ambivalence here, because despite being sexualised by rap and being called a ‘bitch’ and a ‘slut’, she is strong and independent. She refuses to be defined by others and expressly challenges the expectations of her as a woman.

The video vixen is a controversial stereotype – infamous, debated, almost iconic. In Cherish Menzo’s work Jezebel, we see her in the flesh, deconstructed in all her complexity, fairly and perceptively.

Jezebel is a bold work in which Menzo has managed to shed fresh light on the video vixen in a way that both challenges and questions what this hip-hop icon would look like today.

Touring with Dancenet Sweden, autumn 2022

Premiere: Nov 5th, 2019 at Frascati (Amsterdam, NL)
Concept, choreography, performance: Cherish Menzo
Lighting desigtn, technical coordination: Niels Runderkamp
Music: Michael Nunes
Video: Andrea Casetti
Costumes: Daniel Smedeman
Dramaturgy: Renée Copraij
Outside eye: Berthe Spoelstra, Christian Yav and Nicole Geertruida
Vocal coach: Shari Kok-Sey-Tjong
Campaign image: Tatchatrin Choeychom
Co-production: Frascati Producties
Production management: Bibi Scholten van Aschat
Distribution and tour management: GRIP and Frascati Producties
With the support of: Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst
Thanks to: Benjamin Kahn, Centre Chorégraphique Le Château
Photo: Bas De Brouwer