Dance-maker Cherish Menzo is striking for her powerful, controlled, inescapable physical presence.
In 2016, she created EFES with Nicole Geertuida: a punishing duet in which perfection and fallibility evoked intriguing questions about how we prefer to see human beings.
As part of Fraslab (Frascati Producties), in 2017 and in cooperation with Benjamin Kahn, Menzo created the solo Sorry, But I Feel Slightly Disidentified…: a cartographical examination of how we experience the other on the basis of a series of physical and performative ‘meetings’. She then went on to make LIVE (Het Veem, 2018): a mix of dance performance and pop/rock concert, in cooperation with musician Müşfik Can Müftüoğlu.
In 2019, Menzo continued to work with Frascati Producties: JEZEBEL became a dance production inspired by the Video Vixen phenomenon from hip hop video clips of the ’90s. But today’s hip hop honey refuses to be defined by others and shakes her image up by deconstructing and redefining it. Cherish Menzo presented a first try-out at the Fringe 2019 before the full production premièred in Frascati in November 2019.
Cherish Menzo (1988) graduated in 2013 from Amsterdam University of the Arts (Urban Contemporary Dance) and has since appeared in work by the likes of Eszter Salamon, Akram Khan, Leo Lerus, Hanzel Nezza, Olivier Dubois, Lisbeth Gruwez, Jan Martens and Nicole Beutler.