Sorry, But I Feel Slightly Disidentified…Belgium
Recommended age: 16+
Important note: the stroboscope (flashing and intense light) is used in the show
“Us young, us blacks, us whites, us women, us proletarians, us animals, us homosexuals, us humans.” Here the body speaks of me and you, here is a portrait of one of us.
“Sorry, But I Feel Slightly Disidentified…” is the first piece of a trilogy dedicated to the themes of the body and stereotypes and presents a portrait of one of us, or one of them, depending who you are. A performance created by Benjamin Kahn for a dancer Cherish Menzo, that tries to question commonly recognized theatrical conventions. Without any moral judgment, through a kaleidoscopic and beguiling experience, constant and sudden transformations, the artist retraces models linked to gender and representation, to the concepts of exoticism and eroticism, which lead to a strictly political matter: that of boundaries – real, social and emotional.
Benjamin Kahn is a dancer and choreographer. He studied dramaturgy and theater at the University of Aix en Provence and the Rennes Conservatory. In 2007 he graduated from the ESAC (Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque) in Belgium. After the studies, he notably worked with choreographers Philippe Saire, Benjamin Vandewalles, Nicole Beutler, Ben Riepe, Frédéric Flamand, Maud Le Pladec, Egle Budvytyte, and Alessandro Sciaronni. He considers dance and choreography as powerful political tools and is particularly interested in constructing and deconstructing the way we look at individual and collective bodies. The leading performer Cherish Menzo graduated in 2013 from The Urban Contemporary at the Hogeschool Voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam. She has danced in productions of various choreographers such as Eszter Salamon, Akram Khan, Leo Lerus, Hanzel Nezza, Olivier Dubois, Lisbeth Gruwez, Jan Martens and Nicole Beutler. Moreover, Menzo also presented her own performances: “Efes” in 2016 (in collaboration with Nicole Geertruida) and “Jezebel” in 2019, which won an Amsterdam Fringe Award and an International Bursary Award.