Cherish Menzo

Jezebel, 08. - 09. October 2021

Jezebel,
08. - 09. October 2021

Todays video-Vixen-babe.

  • Duration60 min
  • Price155 - 320
  • StageMain stage

Dates & times

  • 08. October - 19:00
  • 09. October - 19:00

Jezebel is a dance performance inspired on the Video Vixen: a female model that appeared primarily in hip-hop oriented video clips in the late 90s and early 2000s.
The images presented in mass media, especially in music videos, often portray a hyper-sensual image of the female gender. The repetitive images in hip-hop videos reinforce stereotypes that are mainly associated with black/women of colour. Video Vixens, also known as hip hop honeys or video girls, brought a lot of criticism and were often seen as the Jezebels of the late 90s and early 2000s.

Before Youtube, when MTV was still standing for Music Television, the Video Vixen was the model seen in hip-hop video clips. The objectifying lyrics, often written by men and the sensual, seductive and scantily clad appearance of the vixen do not alter the fact that her presence and performance have a major influence on the image of the video clips and the popularity of the artist.

Over the past twenty years, the Video Vixen label has experienced backlash and empowerment it no longer stands for the objectified ride or die model in a culture dominated by men.

Unwilling to be defined by others, Jezebel navigates through the landscape of hip-hop culture and looks for ways to reclaim her image. Can Jezebel deconstruct the controversial stereotype associated with the black hip hop honey? How does this video girl redefine herself in 2021?

Menzo is a force to be reckoned with, not only as a danser, but also as a brave maker of her own work.

Movement Exposed

Background material

  • JEZEBEL c Annelies Verhelst 09

    Panelsamtale: Intimate Justice

    We invite you to a body political conversation concerning women of colour´s corporeal reality as influenced by MTV´s and pop cultures influence and the dominance of the Jezebel stereotype.

  • Skjermbilde 2021 09 30 kl 14 59 44

    Hvem drepte video vixens?

    Kan du tenke deg et liv uten internett?Kanskje rart å tenke seg i dag, men det har faktisk vært en realitet. Der du måtte vente til neste dag med å få de ferskeste nyhetene fra inn og utland eller der motemagasinene kom i kvartals- intervaller. Men så var det MTV. Verdens mest toneangivende musikkanal.

  • JEZEBEL c Annelies Verhelst 05

    Mulighetskroppen og arketypen

    Prosjektet og forestillingen Jezebel startet som et rop om å ikke ville bli definert av fortiden. Nå forstår dansekunstner Cherish Menzo det som å kreve plass.

Contributors

  • Concept, choreography and performer

    Cherish Menzo

  • Light design and technical coordination

    Niels Runderkamp

  • Music

    Michael Nunes

  • Video

    Andrea Casetti

  • Costumes

    Daniel Smedeman

  • Dramaturg

    Renée Copraij

  • Outer eye

    Berthe Spoelstra
    Christian Yav
    Nicole Geertruida

  • Stemmecoach

    Shari Kok-Sey-Tjong

  • PR photo

    Tatchatrin Choeychom

  • Photo

    Annelies Verhelst
    Bas De Brouwer

Premiere 5. november 2019 at Frascati, Amsterdam.
Co-production: Frascati Productions
Producer: Bibi Scholten van Aschat
Distribution and touring management: GRIP og Frascati Productions
Supported by: Amsterdam Fond voor de Kunst
Thanks to: Benjamin Kahn, Centre Chorégraphique Le Château