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.
Since 2018, Menzo has been dancing the solo Sorry, But I Feel Slightly Disidentified… written by Benjamin Kahn: an attempt to create a cartography of how we experience and meet the other. This production resulted from a close collaboration that started in 2017 as part of Fraslab (Frascati Producties). Menzo 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 on JEZEBEL, 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 ahead of the production’s première 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, Benjamin Kahn, Olivier Dubois, Lisbeth Gruwez, Jan Martens and Nicole Beutler.