★★★★★ ‘Gloriously out-there cabaret-meets-gig-meets-theatre-experience.’ Time Out
‘Increasingly unhinged in the best possible way… you will need to leave your inhibitions in the cloakroom.’
★★★★★ Time Out
‘Provocative, occasionally even offensive, but never unimaginative… Do consider a trip to Planet Vendredi.’
‘Lady Vendredi is surely one of the most compelling stage performers out there, with a rich, worldly repertoire that means whatever she does next will surely be fascinating.’
‘What appeared to be a wild ride down the rabbit hole of unconventionalism , challenging perception, sexuality and normality, the flamboyant play even forced critics to unravel their typical train of thoughts on reviews, as many couldn’t place the performance in one specific category. The cult-like visuals if anything, depicted Lady Vendredi in full-on optimal status, spreading her creative wings as far as she could to soar.’
‘Lady Vendredi is an artist who will always keep fans and critics wondering what her next move will be, but like previous icons such as Grace Jones or even a Madonna, this is a part of the brilliance that comes with any perceived weirdness.’
‘If Nwando Ebizie appears to be unlike any other artist out here today, it’s because she’s not. The musician, producer, dancer, DJ and performance artist is more like a renaissance woman whose experimental presentations have dazzled audiences not only in theatres but have also captured the ears of tastemakers like Gilles Peterson.’
‘Forget everything you know about what a performance ‘should’ look like, or sound like, or even feel like. Leave your preconceptions about music theatre at the door. Because you are about to enter Lady Vendredi’s futuristic, bizarre, psychedelic and sexy mystical world creatively directed by visionary Jonathan Grieve.’
A Younger Theatre
‘The extraordinary world that The Passion of Lady Vendredi constructs leaves the audience in a state of simultaneous confusion and satisfaction at the end of the journey. Lady Vendredi and the Vendettas possess a curious ability to immerse and entice the audience into other realms; compelling us to dance, duck, dive and let go of their inhibitions as soon as they walk in the door.
Lady Vendredi pushes the fourth wall boundaries while also encouraging the audience to reflect on their own experiences with patriarchy, and achieves a heightened and real depiction of life as a woman.
The Passion of Lady Vendredi is turbulent, seductive and vicious. At times you may want to escape the grips of the Vendetta’s, but once the lights come up you’re left wanting more from Lady V. Nwando Ebizie is ferocious and powerful as she pushes the boundaries in this abstract and contemporary creation.’
The Metropolist ★★★★
Lady Vendredi The Passion of Lady Vendredi (Tears in the Rain): Nigerian performance artist Nwando Ebizie has recently finished a run at the Soho Theatre with a show of the same title as this 12” EP. Visually she offers the sci-fi glam of Seventies disco queen Nona Hendryx but her music is more reminiscent of the Afro-electro mash-up of Portugal’s Buraka Som Sistema or the abrasive Latin hip hop of Brazilian MC Karol Conka. It is, in other words, an attack-music gumbo of sweaty dance grooves, seasoned with global roots music, and you won’t hear a filthier come-on that “Dirty Chicken” this year.
The Arts Desk - EP Review
If you had to describe The Passion of Lady Vendredi stage show in one word, ‘chaos’ would be a good place to start. Channeling the spirits, rhythms and elements of Haitian vodou into her own electric cocktail of dance, beats and technicolour get-up, performance artist and musician Nwando Ebizie’s show takes audiences through a ritual like no other. Attacking gender, sexual and religious dogmas throughout, it’s a riotously immersive journey into the culture of the Afro-diaspora.
‘Fresh, raw and totally unique.’
Infectious and joyous events… a multi-racial cast of performers and brilliant jazz musicians, with Ebizie's talented musicianship, dance and vocals leading the helm...
Manick Govinda, Head of Artists' Advisory Services, Arts Admin
Move over M.I.A and Santigold, we have a new sheriff in town with two smoking pistols... Dance- floor told tight.
Ty – British Hip Hop Artist
The love child of Azealia Banks and Neneh Cherry
Lady Vendredi is erotic, with a voice made for the big stage.
Jamie White, Club Gretchen, Berlin