Cherish Menzo / GRIP & Frascati Productions
In the duet
DARKMATTER, with the help of a Distorted Rap Choir, Cherish Menzo and her onstage partner Camilo Mejía Cortés, look for ways to detach their bodies, and the daily reality in which they move, from an imposed perception.
DARKMATTER, Menzo draws inspiration from post-humanism, in which the physical gets transcended. She also studies afrofuturism, which looks at mainly science fiction, technology and fantasy from an African or black perspective. The human form becomes something real and allows us to dream. Menzo also weaves a poetic layer into it for which she gets the mustard from astronomy. Among other things, she looks at dark matter and at black holes that meet and collide to give birth to a new, futuristic and enigmatic body. DARKMATTER wants to get rid of a biased way of looking at one's own body and that of the other – and the stories we attribute to it. Menzo also throws her own body into battle, which results in a complex conversation that she wants to both enter into and transcend – a duality that feeds DARKMATTER.
Just as in JEZEBEL, she stretches her movement language further by integrating techniques from hip-hop music. In this way, she applies the Chopped and Screwed method to her movement language, a process in which the music's tempo is sharply reduced. By stretching the notions of time, the register changes and the performing body manages to generate new readings. A ten-piece choir – the Distorted Rap Choir – creates a recorded soundtrack of alienating rap anthems to accompany the two performers on stage.
DARKMATTER wants to create a thorough reshuffle of our atoms, looking for a new form for – and way of looking at – our body and the complex outside world to which it relates.
Language no problem / duration: 90 minutes
During the performance, there are scenes with strobes, loud music and nudity.