DARKMATTER, Cherish Menzo and her onstage partner Camilo Mejía Cortés look for ways to detach their bodies from the way they are perceived and the daily reality in which they move. Among other things, they look up to the sky, at dark matter and at black holes that meet and collide to give birth to a new, (afro)futuristic and enigmatic body. DARKMATTER wants to get rid of the biased way of looking at one’s own body, at that of the other, and at the stories we attribute to them. Together, they throw their bodies into a complex conversation that they want to both enter into and transcend – a duality that feeds the performance.
Just as in her previous project, JEZEBEL, Menzo stretches her movement language further by applying the the Chopped and Screwed method to her movement language. A remix technique from hip-hop music in which the tempo is sharply reduced. By stretching the notions of time, the register changes and the performing body manages to generate new readings.
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.
“DARKMATTER turns theatre back into a place full of unrealised potential. Where meaning once again becomes a high and at times even mystical game. And where the black body becomes unashamedly central, until it implodes and redefines itself.” — #jury23
presented by Kaaitheater x het Theaterfestival x Zinnema
concept and choreography Cherish Menzo | creatio and performance Camilo Mejía Cortés, Cherish Menzo | lighting design Niels Runderkamp | musical composition Gagi Petrovic, Michael Nunes | mastering Gagi Petrovic | music list via www.grip.house or www.frascatitheater.nl | scenography Morgana Machado Marques | costume design JustTatty.com | dramaturgy Renée Copraij, Benjamin Kahn | text Cherish Menzo, Camilo Mejía Cortés, BOИSU, Shari Kok-Sey-Tjong | vocal and delivery coaching BOИSU, Shari Kok-Sey-Tjong | artistic advice Christian Yav, Nicole Geertruida | voices distorted rap choir via www.distortedrapchoir.com | technicians Niels Runderkamp, Amber Stallenberg/Nele Verreyken | production GRIP, Frascati Producties | coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, BE), CCN-Ballet national de Marseille dans le cadre de l’accueil studio / Ministère de la Culture (FR), actoral festival (Marseille, FR), STUK (Leuven, BE), La Villette (Paris, FR), Festival d’Automne à Paris (FR), Beursschouwburg (Brussels, BE), De Coproducers (NL), Perpodium (BE) | residenciers STUK (Leuven, BE), La Villette (Paris, FR), Frascati (Amsterdam, NL), Beursschouwburg (Brussels, BE), CCN-Ballet national de Marseille dans le cadre de l’accueil studio / Ministère de la Culture (FR), Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam (NL) | in collaboration with Trill (Leuven, BE), WijzijnDOX (Utrecht, NL) | with the financial support of the Flemish Government, The Performing Arts Fund NL, Ammodo, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, Cronos Invest | thanks to Eric Cyuzuzo, Jan Fedinger, Dries Douibi