DANS/BEWEGING

DARKMATTER

Cherish Menzo/Frascati Producties/GRIP

17 February 20:30 Hour
Available
€ 19.50
€ 15.50
18 February 20:30 Hour
Available
€ 19.50
€ 15.50

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DARKMATTER

Text: Cherish Menzo
Concept and choreography: Cherish Menzo 
Musical composition: Gagi Petrovic and Michael Nunes 
Performance: Cherish Menzo and Camilo Mejía Cortés

In D̶A̶R̶K̶MATTER, Cherish Menzo and Camilo Mejía Cortés go in search of ways to soak their bodies free from an imposed perception. Embedded prejudices are plucked apart in a futuristic environment: the D̶A̶R̶K̶MATTER universe. To do so, they look partly to space: to dark matter and black holes that meet and clash, and from which a new, (Afro)futuristic, strange body can be born. 

As in her previous project JEZEBEL, Menzo stretches her language of movement further using the Chopped and Screwed method – a remix technique from hip hop music in which the tempo of the music is dialled right back. 

For D̶A̶R̶K̶MATTER,  Menzo takes inspiration from post-humanism, which transcends the physical, but above all also 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.  

An in-depth workshop will be offered the day before to accompany the show. At each performance location, ten local people of colour will be invited to participate in this workshop and work on themes arising in D̶A̶R̶K̶MATTER. In Amsterdam and Brussels, the locations of the two premières, at the end of a two-day workshop with the Distorted Rap Choir trained there a rap anthem has been recorded and integrated into the production. 

The choirs can be heard at www.distortedrapchoir.com
  
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.  

Fonds 21 supports the presentation of this production in De Coproducers' theaters.

N.B.: this production makes use of stroboscope / lighting effects
 

17 February 20:30 Hour
Available
€ 19.50
€ 15.50
18 February 20:30 Hour
Available
€ 19.50
€ 15.50

REVIEWS VAN DARKMATTER

De performance Darkmatter geeft een spannende en vervreemdende lading aan ‘donkere materie’

- De Volkskrant | | Sterk

DARKMATTER is een punky performance, een trip vol mysterie en symboliek. Donker in zijn consequentie, licht aan het einde van de tunnel.

- Theaterkrant

Of ze nu wankelen op hun stiletto-latexlaarzen of naakt door de zwarte verf glibberen, het duo verrast na elke black-out met krachtige beelden. Dankzij het gedurfde lichtontwerp, de ijzingwekkende soundtrack en de beklemmende rapsongs die Menzo en Cortés live uitspuwen, wordt Darkmatter niet alleen een fascinerende afdaling in het hart van de duisternis die in ons allemaal schuilt, maar ook een poëtische representatiekritiek die de rijkdom van het zwart zijn viert.

- De Standaard | | Sterk

In ‘DARKMATTER’ beukt danseres en choreografe Cherish Menzo samen met Camilo Mejia Cortès tegen de onzichtbare grenzen die het (zwarte) lichaam inperken. De hiphopcultuur van de jaren ’90 en de fantasy beelden van het Afrofuturisme zijn haar gereedschap.

- Pzazz