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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 2019?

CREDITS

concept, choreography & performance Cherish Menzo
lighting design & technical coordination Niels Runderkamp
music Michael Nunes
video Andrea Casetti
costumes Daniel Smedeman
dramaturgy Renée Copraij
outside eye Berthe Spoelstra, Christian Yav & Nicole Geertruida
vocal coach Shari Kok-Sey-Tjong
campaign image Tatchatrin Choeychom
coproduction Frascati Productions
production management Bibi Scholten van Aschat
distribution & tour management GRIP & Frascati Productions
with the support of Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst
thanks to Benjamin Kahn & Centre Chorégraphique Le Château

 

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