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JEZEBEL is a dance performance inspired by the ‘Video Vixen’: female models who appeared in hip hop video clips in the late ’90s and early noughties.
Images in the mass media – and in music videos particularly – often projected the female in a hyper-sensualized way. The repetitive images in hip hop videos reinforce stereotypes associated in particular with black/dark/coloured women. Video Vixens – also referred to as ‘hip hop honeys’ or ‘video girls’ – were the subject of severe criticism and often typified as the ‘Jezebels’ of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Jezebel refuses to be defined by others. She navigates the landscape of hip hop culture, looking for ways to reclaim her own image. Can Jezebel deconstruct the controversial stereotype associated with the black hip hop honey? How did this video girl redefine herself in 2019?
‘Composer Michael Nunes creates a stunning soundscape, menacing and powerful. As is Menzo’s entire performance: at the intersection of threat and seduction; of alienation and seductiveness. Cherish Menzo stops short of making a real statement, and that is good; above all, she forces us to think about how we think in stereotypes.’
concept/choreography/performance Cherish Menzo lighting design/technical Niels Runderkamp music Michael Nunes video Andrea Casetti costume Daniel Smedeman dramaturgy Renée Copraij outside eye Berthe Spoelstra, Christian Yav & Nicole Geertruida singing coach Shari Kok-Sey-Tjong campaign design Tatchatrin Choeychom production management Bibi Scholten van Aschat distribution and tour management GRIP and Frascati Producties co-production Frascati Producties supported by Amsterdam Fund for the Arts with thanks to Benjamin Kahn and Centre Chorégraphique Le Château
- Normal: €16
- Student / CJP: €11Location
In order to follow the RIVM guidelines and to ensure everyone’s safety, capacity is limited. Please read the measures before purchasing a ticket.Single- and duotickets
We offer two kinds of tickets: single and duo. With a single ticket you’ll be seated at a 1,5 meter distance from others. A duo ticket is for 2 persons from the same household. You will be seated together, at a 1,5 meter distance from other visitors. No more than 2 persons from the same household can sit together.