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Black Queer Dance Night / Resistance is Love!

Black Queer Dance Night / Resistance is Love!


Oxana Chi / MBdance / Nia & Ness / Layla Zami


Dixon Place
161A Chrystie St
New York City, NY 10002


Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:30pm



Oxana Chi / MBdance / Nia & Ness / Layla Zami

On this Black History Month special, we center the dance works of Black Queer Women. Join us for a community gathering of Afro-European and Afro-American live arts with stellar dance performances including three US premieres (excerpts), soothing live-music and awareness-raising poetry. Wellness & politics guaranteed! Featuring Oxana Chi , Maria Bauman (MBdance) , Layla Zami and Nia & Ness.

Curated by Dr. Layla Zami & Oxana Chi for Dixon Place in cooperation with the International Human Rights Art Festival.


Through Gardens (excerpt) by Oxana Chi

Oxana Chi embodies the life of Tatjana Barbakoff, a famous dancer, muse and political resistant from 1920s/30s Europe, and blurs the boundaries with her own contemporary story. Alternating with fluidity and grace between classical European and classical Javanese dance as well as Tai Chi and Western African styles, Through Gardens creates an intimate and liberating universe centering alternative storytelling, women’s resistance, and the love of art.

Idea, Choreography, Dance: Oxana Chi
Soundscore: Laszlo Moldvai (piano & hang)
Costume: Anjolita Arvandi, Huang Ning Fen


(re)Source by MBDance

Within the U.S. climate of upheaval, fear, and bullying at home and abroad, Bauman is focusing on what it takes to get by, get over, survive, and thrive. Improvisation, lineage, resilience: (re)Source is a danced solo exploration of how and when we call on these assets and when we reject them entirely. As research for the piece, Bauman has been studying cartography, marronage, stories about her family, and rituals for sustainability. The dance also includes a unique visual landscape co-created by Maria Bauman with advising from Nontsikelelo Mutiti.

blind spot by Nia & Ness

A dance-poetry story of two black, out-lesbian women in a committed relationship, who navigate the daily struggles and joys of life in NYC. Nia & Ness invite the audience to enter their world as observers, listening in on their intimate, strong, and loving conversations about and influenced by their identities.

feelingJAZZ by Oxana Chi & Layla Zami

A dance-music-dialogue between a body and a saxophone. Both Oxana Chi and Layla Zami grew up in Europe, started with classical training in their respective fields, are now based in NYC, and pursue a career full of innovation, contemporary Fusion and Afro-Futurism. On the footprints of two globe-trotters who jump across continents, experience a personal and inspirational interpretation of what it means to feel jazz!

Idea, Choreography, Dance: Oxana Chi
Live-Music: Layla Zami (saxophone)
Costume: Modou Diop


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