Video Vixens: The models who appeared in hip-hop video clips of the late 90s and early 2000s, often in hypersexualized images, inspired Cherish Menzo to create the performance JEZEBEL! In the pre-YouTube era – when MTV still meant Music Television – the sensual and scantily clad video vixens played a central role in the clips of the mostly male-dominated rap genre. And, despite the explicit lyrics, significantly influenced the aesthetics of the music videos and thus the popularity of the artists. At the same time, Video Vixens – even though they were considered strong and empowered by their sexuality – were the subject of fierce criticism and were often referred to as the Jezebels of the late 90s.
Today, the label stands for much more than the objectified "ride or die" model in a male-dominated culture. JEZEBEL refuses to be defined by others. She navigates the landscape of hip hop culture, looking for ways to reclaim her own image. Can JEZEBEL deconstruct the controversial stereotype associated with the black hip hop honey?
The piece lasts about 60 minutes. It uses little spoken and written English. The performance includes stroboscope, fog and loud music at times. Hearing protection is provided at the entrance. There are two wheelchair spaces and one beanbag seat that can be reserved by phone or booked via the online ticket shop or at the box office, if available. Admission begins 20-30 minutes prior to show time. We recommend arriving early to select a suitable seat. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gina Jeske at firstname.lastname@example.org or 030 27 89 00 35.
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