"Neferet iti" Dance Music Fusion
In this dreamlike fusion dance performance, Oxana Chi embodies the Egyptian Pharaoh "Nefertiti" whose statue lingers on the Berlin's museum island since 100 years...and raises questions of diasporic belonging, cultural colonialism and freedom. Weaving a rich choreographic tapestry made of West African, Egyptian and European motifs danced to an atmospheric soundscore by award-winning musicians and composers, this piece invites us to rethink contemporary dance through the lense of Afropean aesthetics.
USA Premiere ! One night only !
A vital production dealing with history in a powerful and playful way
Wendy Sutherland, Associate Professor, Florida University
after the Premiere at Berlin Dance(a)Summer 12 Festival in Berlin
A healing dance therapy!
Madame Michalon, Dance Educator, after the performance at Maison des Arts, Martinique 2014
Choreography, Dance : Oxana Chi
Live-Music : Layla Zami (Saxophone, Ocean drum)
Soundscore : Gilbert Trefzger (oud, e-guitar) & Abdoul Aziz Sinka (percussion)
Costume design : Ghazaleh Haghighat, Modou Diop, Loca Charisma, Oxana Chi
Co-production : li:chi verein, Dance@Summer12 Festival
Oxana Chi is a choreographer and dancer of Eastern Nigerian and Eastern European descent. She has been directing her award-winning company based in Berlin since 1991. Currently an artist-in-residency at Arts And Healing Center directed by Tony-award-winner Marlies Yearby for the summer. www.oxanachi.de
This performance is shown as an opening to the Festival "Dapline" (July 30th-Aug1st) curated by André M. Zachery and LaMont Hamilton, who are currently artists-in-residence at The Performance Project @ University Settlement. The show "Neferet iti" will be preceded by an evening-length choreographic work looking at the origins and continued practice of “the DAP” or dapping, the intricate handshakes serving as greetings between Black men.
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