A̶R̶K̶MATTER creates a utopian free space in which the body is liberated from existing references in a futuristic universe, using a powerful language of dance.
In D̶A̶R̶K̶MATTER, Cherish Menzo 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 D̶A̶R̶K̶MATTER, 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.
concept and choreography Cherish Menzo creation and performance Cherish Menzo and Camilo Mejía Cortés lighting design Niels Runderkamp music Michael Nunes costume design JustTatty.com scenography Morgana Machado Marques dramaturgy Renée Copraij and Benjamin Kahn singing and text coach BOИSU and Shari Kok-Sey-Tjong artistic consultants Christian Yav and Nicole
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.