Warm Up Session x Echelle Humaine #2

With Cherish Menzo
Distorted Rap Body/ Chopped And Screwed Body

During this Warm Up Session, dancer and choreographer Cherish Menzo will share her ongoing process of unpacking the complexities of interwoven identities, as performed in her pieces. Distortion and saturation of movement, text, images and sounds will be drawn upon as tools to create new possibilities and to interpret collectively this personal and historical exploration.

"I am interested in understanding and applying techniques that have been used in music especially those used in hip hop and electronic music. How to apply tools that are often used in electronic music such as stop-time, skipping beats, remix, scratch, climax, overlap, slowing down tempo and lowering the pitch on the moving body.
Distorted Rap Body/ Chopped And Screwed Body is a research and experiment in which I apply the Chopped and Screwed technique (also called screwed and chopped or slowed and throwed).
Chopped and Screwed is a remixing technique originally used in hip hop music. The technique was developed in the Houston hip hop scene in the early 1990s by DJ Screw. The screwed technique is accomplished by slowing the tempo down to 60 and 70 quarter-note beats per minute and applying techniques such as skipping beats, record scratching, stop-time, and affecting portions of the original composition to create a "chopped-up" version of the song.
To apply this technique which is originally used in music and lyrics we are exploring to bring time distortion and over articulation to the body. How does the relationship between the mouth, voice, sound, muscles, tissues re- inform and redefine the performing body and can propose new narrations, spaces and body-forms.
This Warm Up Session will be the first attempt to explore and communicate this research with others. I'm looking forward to how this exploration will resonate and be interpreted differently for each individual and at the same time examining how the tools that we use can create a common universe and togetherness. A Distorted Rap Body Choir." Cherish Menzo

The Warm Up Sessions stem from the desire to collectively discover, embody and question training techniques in performance. The series aims to situate the warm up as a vital step in the creation of performance pieces. Thus, training is understood as a starting point for choreographic, dramaturgical or performative productions, both a process of sharing and reflecting. Based upon inclusive invitations, the Sessions seek to deconstruct silos between movement and thought. The series offers a space to practice and discuss, open to all, and conceived in close partnership with guest artists. In this experimental terrain, audience members become active participants, giving birth to an ephemeral and recurring event.

A series curated by Madeleine Planeix-Crocker.

Recommended to wear comfortable clothes to move in, open to all.
Lafayette Anticipations
Sunday 27 Sep 2020
from 11:30 am to 01 pm

Warm Up Session avec Cherish Menzo
Warm Up Session avec Cherish Menzo


Cherish Menzo is a dancer and performer graduated from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam.
After graduation she collaborated with several choreographers such as Eszter Salamon, Akram Khan, Leo Lerus, Hanzel Nezza, Olivier Dubois, Lisbeth Gruwez, Jan Martens and Nicole Beutler.

In addition to her work as a dancer and performer, in 2016 she created the show EFES in collaboration with Nicole Geertruida. Since 2018 Cherish Menzo has been performing the solo Sorry But I Feel Slightly Disidentified... by Benjamin Kahn, a portrait that aims to deconstruct stereotypes. This close collaboration was initiated in 2017 and was quickly followed by LIVE, a hybrid mix of performance, dance and pop/rock concert, created with the musician Müşfik Can Müftüoğlu.