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Cherish Menzo / Frascati Producties / GRIP
Tue 24 May ’22 - Sat 25 Mar ’23
D̶A̶R̶K̶MATTER creates a utopian free space in which the body is liberated from existing references in a futuristic universe, using a powerful language of dance.
Tue 24 May ’22
Sat 25 Mar ’23

In D̶A̶R̶K̶MATTER, Cherish Menzo (JEZEBEL, 2019) and Camilo Mejía Cortés go in search of ways of soaking their bodies free from an imposed perception. Embedded prejudices are plucked apart in a futuristic environment: the D̶A̶R̶K̶MATTER universe. Within this, they develop their own language of movement, based on the chopped and screwed remix technique that originated in hip hop.

For DARKMATTER, Cherish Menzo takes inspiration from post-humanism, which transcends the physical, but above all from Afrofuturism. A movement focused on a future in which black people live in a hyper-technologized, decolonised world. Or even: depicting a future in which colonisation never happened. Mixing future with tradition, technology with centuries-old African mythology, and fantasy with reality.  

  • NL premiere Weds 25 May 2022
  • Duration: 80 min
  • We Are Public: Thur 26 May 2022
  • Stroboscope is being used during the performance

About Cherish Menzo

Cherish Menzo is a performer and performance-maker based in Amsterdam. In her artistic work, she is interested in the transformation of the body on stage and in the "embodiment" of various physical images. At first sight these seem unrecognisable, but by stressing their complexity and contrariness, Menzo questions the seeming norm. In her work, she creates a universe centred around the black body. She meanders between the nostalgia of the 90s and 2000s (hip hop, rap texts, sci-fi, manga) and speculative futures. 

concept and choreography Cherish Menzo creation and performance Cherish Menzo and Camilo Mejía Cortés lighting design Niels Runderkamp musical composition Gagi Petrovic and Michael Nunes mastering Gagi Petrovic scenography Morgana Machado Marques vocal and delivery coaching BOИSU and Shari Kok-Sey-Tjong costume design JustTatty.com dramaturgy Renée Copraij and Benjamin Kahn text Cherish Menzo, Camilo Mejía Cortés, BOИSU, Shari Kok-Sey-Tjong artistic advice Christian Yav and Nicole Geertruida technicians Niels Runderkamp and Amber Stallenberg/ Nele Verreyken production Frascati Producties, GRIP coproduction De Coproducers (NL), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, BE), CCN-Ballet national de Marseille dans le cadre de l’accueil studio / Ministère de la Culture (FR), actoral festival (Marseille, FR), STUK (Leuven, BE), La Villette (Paris, FR), Beursschouwburg (Brussels, BE), Festival d’Automne à Paris (FR), Perpodium (Antwerp, BE)  in cooperation with Trill (Leuven, BE), WijzijnDOX (Utrecht, NL) residences STUK (Leuven, BE), La Villette, Paris (FR), Frascati (Amsterdam, NL), Beursschouwburg (Brussel, BE), CCN-Ballet national de Marseille dans le cadre de l’accueil studio / Ministère de la Culture (FR) with financial support from the Government of Flanders, Fonds Podiumkunsten, the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government and Cronos Invest




Darkmatter tour:

fri 8 t/m sun 10 Jul 2022
Julidans, Amsterdam

wed 18, thu 19 Jan 2023
Corrosia, Almere

sat 28 Jan 2023
LUX, Nijmegen

thu 2, fri 3 Feb 2023
Het Nationale Theater, Den Haag

sat 11, sun 12 Feb 2023
Theater Kikker, Utrecht

fri 17, sat 18 Feb 2023
Ins Blau, Leiden

fri 24, sat 25 Feb 2023
Schuur, Haarlem

fri 3, sat 4 Mar 2023
Theater Rotterdam Schouwburg, Rotterdam

vr 10, za 11 Mar 2023
Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch

thu 16, fri 17 Mar 2023
Zwolse Thaeters, Zwolle

tue 21, wed 22 Mar 2023
De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg

fri 24, sat 25 Mar 2023
De Lieve Vrouw, Amersfoort

tue 28 Mar 2023
Natlab, Eindhoven

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