Cherish Menzo (Amsterdam | Brussels)



The body with Cherish Menzo: fictitious, speculative, hypothetical – a galaxy unto itself, in full acceleration. Together with her performance partner Camilo Mejía Cortés, she starts searching for an opportunity to rid her body of fixed, permanent ascriptions, to disengage it from the reality in which she moves. The gaze, therefore, goes up to the stars. In space, between colliding black holes, they both find what they seek: Inspired by posthumanism and Afrofuturism they bear a new, enigmatic anti-body in the dark matter.

As in her previous piece JEZEBEL, Cherish Menzo employs a procedure taken from hip hop music: The so-called chopped and screwed method, originally a remix technique that massively reduces the music’s speed, is transferred onto the performers’ movements. In their drastic retardation, a simultaneous sense of time dilatation is accomplished, allowing for new interpretational approaches. An (Afro)futurist manifest, a danced remix.

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In her choreographies, performance artist Cherish Menzo seeks out forms of movement and being that posit beauty and grotesqueness alongside each other, as equals. She consciously probes for a disassociating effect therein, leading away from the known and familiar. Together with Femke Gyselinck, Jan Martens, and Steven Michel, she manages dance organisation GRIP in Antwerp.

Cherish Menzo lives in Brussels and Amsterdam.


Concept, Choreography Cherish Menzo  Performance Camilo Mejía Cortés | Cherish Menzo  Lighting Design Niels Runderkamp  Musical Composition Gagi Petrovic | Michael Nunes Mastering Gagi Petrovic  Stage Decoration Morgana Machado Marques  Costume Design JustTatty.com  Dramaturgy Renée Copraij | Benjamin Kahn  Text Cherish Menzo | Camilo Mejía Cortés | BOИSU | Shari Kok-Sey-Tjong  Voice & Performance Coaching BOИSU | Shari Kok-Sey-Tjong Artistic Counsel Christian Yav | Nicole Geertruida  Distorted Voices Rap Choir www.distortedrapchoir.com  Technical Team Niels Runderkamp | Amber Stallenberg | Nele Verreyken


Recommended for ages 16 and up


Wheelchair accessible

Production & Realization

Production GRIP | Frascati Producties International Distribution A Propic – Line Rousseau, Marion Gauvent, Lara van Lookeren Co-Production Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brüssel | CCN-Ballet national de Marseille | actoral - festival des arts et des écritures contemporaines Marseille | STUK Arts Center Leuven | La Villette Paris | Festival d'Automne à Paris | Beursschouwburg Brussels | De Coproducers Netherlands | PerPodium Belgium In cooperation with Trill Leuven, WijzijnDOX Utrecht Supported by the Flemish government, The Performing Arts Fund NL, Ammodo, Tax Shelter of the Federal Government of Belgium, Cronos Invest  With friendly support lent by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands


Thanks to Eric Cyuzuzo, Jan Fedinger, Dries Douibi, Khadija El Kharraz Alami