Cherish Menzo


Cherish Menzo (°1988, The Netherlands) is a choreographer and dancer, who lives in Brussels and Amsterdam. In 2013 she graduated from The Urban Contemporary (JMD) at the ‘Hogeschool voor de Kunsten’ in Amsterdam.

After her graduation Cherish has appeared in the work of Lisbeth Gruwez (THE SEA WITHIN), Jan Martens (THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER, ANY ATTEMPT WILL END IN CRUSHED BODIES AND SHATTERED BONES), Nicole Beutler (6: THE SQUARE), as well as collaborations with the likes of Akram Khan, Ula Sickle, Olivier Dubois and Eszter Salamon. Her powerful movement language also comes into its own in her own work, which tours internationally.

In 2016, she and Nicole Geertruida made EFES, an exhausting duet in which perfection and fallibility raise intriguing questions about how we like to see human beings. Sorry, But I Feel Slightly Disidentified… (2018), a solo made by Benjamin Kahn for (and with input from) Cherish, was an attempt to create a cartography of how we experience and meet the other. The seeds for this production were laid within the framework of Fraslab, after which an artistic dialogue between Cherish and Frascati Producties was initiated. Hereafter, Cherish made LIVE (2018), a cross between dance performance and pop/rock concert in collaboration with musician Müşfik Can Müftüoğlu.

In 2019 Cherish worked at Frascati Producties on JEZEBEL, a dance performance inspired by the phenomenon Video Vixen from the hip-hop clips of the 90s. Jezebel, a contemporary hip-hop honey, refuses to be defined by others and shakes off her image by deconstructing and redefining it. JEZEBEL was nominated for the Prijs van de Nederlandse Dansdagen, Amsterdam Fringe and International Bursary Award, the BNG Bank Theaterprijs and selected for both the Theaterfestival in Flanders and its Dutch counterpart. Since the premiere Cherish has been working with both Frascati Producties and GRIP.

In May 2022, during Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, her newest performance DARKMATTER premiered, a duet in which she and Camilo Mejía Cortés, with the help of the distorted rap choir, search for ways to detach their bodies and the daily reality in which they move from a forced perception. In the context of DARKMATTER, Cherish also gives workshops on the chopped & screwed technique, a process from hip-hop music that Cherish applies to the moving and performing body in the performance.

In her work, Cherish mainly looks at how the body can transform itself on stage and physically represent different ideas. She often uses images that seem recognizable at first glance, but by subsequently underlining the complexity and contradictory nature of what is presented, she generates new forms that also bring new connotations. Her play is characterized by a continuous fluidity to which the – literal and figurative – image formation is subject. Menzo seeks out new forms of movement and being, while placing beauty and the grotesque on an equal footing. She consciously seeks out the alienating effect that results from this in order to guide both the viewer and herself away from the known. Away from the familiar that we sometimes too easily equate with ‘the (only) truth’.

Cherish is a GRIP artist since 2020.

upcoming dates

  • 05.11.2019
    frascati / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 06.11.2019
    frascati / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 11.11.2019
    theater ins blau / LEIDEN (NL)
  • 19.03.2020
    campo nieuwpoort / GHENT (BE)
  • 21.03.2020
    pand 18 / DEN BOSCH (NL)
  • 22.03.2020
    pand 18 / DEN BOSCH (NL)
  • 18.04.2020
    theater rotterdam / ROTTERDAM (NL)
  • 08.05.2020
    la raffinerie – charleroi danse / BRUSSELS (BE)
  • 09.05.2020
    la raffinerie – charleroi danse / BRUSSELS (BE)
  • 10.05.2020
    la raffinerie – charleroi danse / BRUSSELS (BE)
  • 11.05.2020
    la raffinerie – charleroi danse / BRUSSELS (BE)
  • 12.05.2020
    la raffinerie – charleroi danse / BRUSSELS (BE)
  • 13.05.2020
    la raffinerie – charleroi danse / BRUSSELS (BE)
  • 20.05.2020
    centre for contemporary arts / GLASGOW (UK)
  • 03.07.2020
    on location / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 04.07.2020
    on location / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 21.07.2020
    de brakke grond / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 05.09.2020
    frascati / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 06.09.2020
    frascati / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 07.09.2020
    frascati / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 08.09.2020
    frascati / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 10.09.2020
    bronks / BRUSSEL (BE)
  • 11.09.2020
    bronks / BRUSSEL (BE)
  • 18.09.2020
    toneelschuur / HAARLEM (NL)
  • 19.09.2020
    toneelschuur / HAARLEM (NL)
  • 24.09.2020
    stuk / LEUVEN (BE)
  • 25.09.2020
    stuk / LEUVEN (BE)
  • 29.09.2020
    théâtre des bernardines / MARSEILLE (FR)
  • 30.09.2020
    théâtre des bernardines / MARSEILLE (FR)
  • 13.10.2020
    campo nieuwpoort / GHENT (BE)
  • 14.10.2020
    campo nieuwpoort / GHENT (BE)
  • 06.11.2020
    dansens hus / OSLO (NO)
  • 07.11.2020
    dansens hus / OSLO (NO)
  • 08.11.2020
    dansens hus / OSLO (NO)
  • 13.11.2020
    tanzquartier wien / VIENNA (AT)
  • 14.11.2020
    tanzquartier wien / VIENNA (AT)
  • 27.11.2020
    wiels / BRUSSELS (BE)
  • 28.11.2020
    wiels / BRUSSELS (BE)
  • 29.11.2020
    wiels / BRUSSELS (BE)
  • 17.12.2020
    corrosia theater / ALMERE (NL)
  • 07.01.2021
    theater kikker / UTRECHT (NL)
  • 08.01.2021
    theater kikker / UTRECHT (NL)
  • 15.01.2021
    chassé theater / BREDA (NL)
  • 26.02.2021
    kunstencentrum nona / MECHELEN (BE)
  • 03.03.2021
    concordia / ENSCHEDE (NL)
  • 04.03.2021
    grand theatre / GRONINGEN (NL)
  • 05.03.2021
    lux / NIJMEGEN (NL)
  • 08.03.2021
    theater aan de rijn / ARNHEM (NL)
  • 12.03.2021
    théâtre de l’oiseau-mouche / ROUBAIX (FR)
  • 18.03.2021
    zwolse theaters / ZWOLLE (NL)
  • 19.03.2021
    de singel / ANTWERP (BE)
  • 26.03.2021
    tbc – ‘s-hertogenbosch / 'S-HERTOGENBOSCH (NL)
  • 27.03.2021
    tbc – ‘s-hertogenbosch / 'S-HERTOGENBOSCH (NL)
  • 28.03.2021
    theater kikker / UTRECHT (NL)
  • 31.03.2021
    chassé theater / BREDA (NL)
  • 02.04.2021
    de nieuwe vorst / TILBURG (NL)
  • 03.04.2021
    theater aan de rijn / ARNHEM (NL)
  • 15.04.2021
    zwolse theaters / ZWOLLE (NL)
  • 28.04.2021
    het nationale theater / THE HAGUE (NL)
  • 01.06.2021
    bourla schouwburg / ANTWERP (BE)
  • 10.06.2021
    radion / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 11.06.2021
    radion / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 13.06.2021
    theater kikker / UTRECHT (NL)
  • 25.06.2021
    tanzquartier / VIENNA (AT)
  • 26.06.2021
    tanzquartier / VIENNA (AT)
  • 27.06.2021
    tanzquartier / VIENNA (AT)
  • 03.07.2021
    belluard bollwerk / FRIBOURG (CH)
  • 09.07.2021
    festival de la cité / LAUSANNE (CH)
  • 10.07.2021
    festival de la cité / LAUSANNE (CH)
  • 13.07.2021
    santarcangelo festival / SANTARCANGELO DI ROMAGNA (IT)
  • 14.07.2021
    santarcangelo festival / SANTARCANGELO DI ROMAGNA (IT)
  • 12.08.2021
    de nieuwe vorst / TILBURG (NL)
  • 14.08.2021
    corrosia theater / ALMERE (NL)
  • 03.09.2021
    la bâtie / GENEVA (CH)
  • 04.09.2021
    la bâtie / GENEVA (CH)
  • 07.09.2021
    short theatre / ROME (IT)
  • 08.09.2021
    short theatre / ROME (IT)
  • 26.09.2021
    contemporanea festival / PRATO (IT)
  • 08.10.2021
    dansens hus / OSLO (NO)
  • 09.10.2021
    dansens hus / OSLO (NO)
  • 28.10.2021
    tanzquartier / VIENNA (AT)
  • 29.10.2021
    tanzquartier / VIENNA (AT)
  • 13.11.2021
    alkantara festival / LISBON (PT)
  • 14.11.2021
    alkantara festival / LISBON (PT)
  • 15.11.2021
    alkantara festival / LISBON (PT)
  • 19.11.2021
    bourla schouwburg / ANTWERP (BE)
  • 24.11.2021
    het nationale theater / THE HAGUE (NL)
  • 06.12.2021
    theater aan de rijn / ARNHEM (NL)
  • 17.12.2021
    nowy teatr / WARSAW (PL)
  • 18.12.2021
    nowy teatr / WARSAW (PL)
  • 08.01.2022
    theater rotterdam / ROTTERDAM (NL)
  • 08.02.2022
    theater antigone / KORTRIJK (BE)
  • 09.02.2022
    theater antigone / KORTRIJK (BE)
  • 18.02.2022
    le carreau du temple / PARIS (FR)
  • 19.02.2022
    le carreau du temple / PARIS (FR)
  • 05.03.2022
    sophiensaele / BERLIN (DE)
  • 06.03.2022
    sophiensaele / BERLIN (DE)
  • 22.03.2022
    le gymnase cdcn / ROUBAIX (FR)
  • 25.03.2022
    points communs / CERGY-PONTOISE (FR)
  • 26.03.2022
    points communs / CERGY-PONTOISE (FR)
  • 12.05.2022
    beursschouwburg / BRUSSELS (BE)
  • 13.05.2022
    beursschouwburg / BRUSSELS (BE)
  • 14.05.2022
    beursschouwburg / BRUSSELS (BE)
  • 15.05.2022
    beursschouwburg / BRUSSELS (BE)
  • 25.05.2022
    frascati / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 26.05.2022
    frascati / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 27.05.2022
    frascati / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 28.05.2022
    frascati / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 04.07.2022
    festival theaterformen / BRAUNSCHWEIG (DE)
  • 05.07.2022
    festival theaterformen / BRAUNSCHWEIG (DE)
  • 08.07.2022
    julidans / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 09.07.2022
    julidans / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 10.07.2022
    julidans / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 28.08.2022
    la bâtie / GENEVA (CH)
  • 29.08.2022
    la bâtie / GENEVA (CH)
  • 01.09.2022
    points communs / CERGY-PONTOISE (FR)
  • 02.09.2022
    points communs / CERGY-PONTOISE (FR)
  • 10.09.2022
    short theatre / ROME (IT)
  • 11.09.2022
    short theatre / ROME (IT)
  • 23.09.2022
    festival actoral / MARSEILLE (FR)
  • 24.09.2022
    festival actoral / MARSEILLE (FR)
  • 03.10.2022
    project arts centre / DUBLIN (IE)
  • 04.10.2022
    project arts centre / DUBLIN (IE)
  • 06.10.2022
    battersea arts centre / LONDON (UK)
  • 07.10.2022
    battersea arts centre / LONDON (UK)
  • 08.10.2022
    battersea arts centre / LONDON (UK)
  • 11.10.2022
    battersea arts centre / LONDON (UK)
  • 12.10.2022
    battersea arts centre / LONDON (UK)
  • 13.10.2022
    battersea arts centre / LONDON (UK)
  • 14.10.2022
    battersea arts centre / LONDON (UK)
  • 16.10.2022
    fierce / BIRMINGHAM (UK)
  • 22.10.2022
    le trillium / OTTAWA ((CA))
  • 25.10.2022
    usine-c / MONTRÉAL (CA)
  • 26.10.2022
    usine-c / MONTRÉAL (CA)
  • 11.11.2022
    kiasma / HELSINKI (FI)
  • 12.11.2022
    kiasma / HELSINKI (FI)
  • 16.11.2022
    dansstationen / MALMÖ (SE)
  • 18.11.2022
    dansens hus / STOCKHOLM (SE)
  • 19.11.2022
    dansens hus / STOCKHOLM (SE)
  • 22.11.2022
    norrlandsoperan / UMEÅ (SE)
  • 30.11.2022
    schouwburg kortrijk / KORTRIJK (BE)
  • 06.12.2022
    kunstencentrum nona / MECHELEN (BE)
  • 07.12.2022
    kunstencentrum nona / MECHELEN (BE)
  • 14.12.2022
    campo nieuwpoort / GHENT (BE)
  • 15.12.2022
    campo nieuwpoort / GHENT (BE)
  • 05.01.2023
    frascati / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 06.01.2023
    frascati / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 07.01.2023
    frascati / AMSTERDAM (NL)
  • 18.01.2023
    corrosia theater / ALMERE (NL)
  • 19.01.2023
    corrosia theater / ALMERE (NL)
  • 28.01.2023
    lux / NIJMEGEN (NL)
  • 03.02.2023
    het nationale theater / THE HAGUE (NL)
  • 04.02.2023
    het nationale theater / THE HAGUE (NL)
  • 11.02.2023
    theater kikker / UTRECHT (NL)
  • 12.02.2023
    theater kikker / UTRECHT (NL)
  • 17.02.2023
    theater ins blau / LEIDEN (NL)
  • 18.02.2023
    theater ins blau / LEIDEN (NL)
  • 24.02.2023
    toneelschuur / HAARLEM (NL)
  • 25.02.2023
    toneelschuur / HAARLEM (NL)
  • 03.03.2023
    theater rotterdam / ROTTERDAM (NL)
  • 04.03.2023
    theater rotterdam / ROTTERDAM (NL)
  • 07.03.2023
    theater aan de rijn / ARNHEM (NL)
  • 08.03.2023
    theater aan de rijn / ARNHEM (NL)
  • 10.03.2023
    verkadefabriek / DEN BOSCH (NL)
  • 11.03.2023
    verkadefabriek / DEN BOSCH (NL)
  • 16.03.2023
    zwolse theaters / ZWOLLE (NL)
  • 17.03.2023
    zwolse theaters / ZWOLLE (NL)
  • 21.03.2023
    de nieuwe vorst / TILBURG (NL)
  • 22.03.2023
    de nieuwe vorst / TILBURG (NL)
  • 24.03.2023
    de lieve vrouw / AMERSFOORT (NL)
  • 25.03.2023
    de lieve vrouw / AMERSFOORT (NL)
  • 19.04.2023
    stuk / LEUVEN (BE)
  • 20.04.2023
    stuk / LEUVEN (BE)