Through Gardens (Durch Gärten)
is an outstanding music-dance-performance dedicated to the Chinese-Jewish-Latvian dancer Tatjana Barbakoff from the 1920s/30s.
Duration: 60 min
Oxana brings back Barbakoff's memory on stage, recalling her beautiful art, tragic death, and a life of resistance. Alternating, with fluidity and grace, between martial arts movements, delicate ballet figures, West African jumps, and precise Indonesian poses, Through Gardens creates an intimate and liberating universe that emphasizes alternative storytelling, the empowerment of women, and the love of art.
Accompanied by a dynamic soundscore, Oxana presents a deeply personal blend of eastern & western styles, blurring
the boundaries between traditional and contemporary aesthetics. In her ensemble, Ensemble Xinren, she also brings together an
eclectic group of musicians who compose and improvise new live pieces specifically for her choreographies. Through Gardens has been
performed with unique combinations of instruments, including piano and hang, gayageum and electric guitar, cello and Chinese drums
played by talented musicians such as Laszlo Moldvai, Beate Gatscha, Cellolitis, Hannes Buder, Tanja Buddenbrock, Sung Jun Ko.
The audience is invited to discover an innovative artistic language and experience a thought-provoking dance solo dedicated to the life and art of a forgotten female artist.
»This dance evening has left a strong impression on me. The beauty of the expression, the interpretation of
various dance styles, the charism of the performer Oxana Chi, all of this together... Thank you for an unforgetful evening.«
Ursula Bunger, Senior Berlin resident after the show at Hoftheater Kreuzberg on Nov 7th, 2009
»I'm usually very critical of theatre, but i really liked this dance-theatre. Your performance needs a big stage!«
Brit Magdon, Artistic Director of the Dresden Societaetstheater during the Jewish Music and Theatre Weeks 2014
Music composed & performed by Ensemble Xinren.
Musicians of various artistic backgrounds join Ensemble Xinren to support Oxana on stage on several events:
Hannes Buder (e-guitar), Sung jun Ko (Gayageum), Beate Gatscha (chinese drum, talking drum, hang stil drum, flute), Tanja Buttenborg (accordeon), Ulrike Kienast (hang stil-drum), Martin Sommer (cello), Nikolaus Herdieckerhoff (cello), Laszlo Moldvai (piano, hang stil-drum), Layla Zami (saxophon, flute).
Tour History includes:
Through Gardens Poster 2008
Through Gardens Postcard 2008
18. Jewish Music and Theatre Weeks – Dresden 2014
Theatre Hoftheater Kreuzberg – Berlin 2014
FMS Foundation for Memory of the Shoah Brochure – Paris 2011/12
Théatre de Belleville – Paris 2012
Theatre Le Dansoir de Karine Saporta – Paris 2011
SIPA Festival Book – Solo 2010
Indonesia tour 2010
Theatre Arena Taman Budaya – Surakarta 2010
International Theatre & Concert hall Werkstatt der Kulturen program – Berlin 2008
Festival Stolpersteine Flyer – Berlin 2008
House of Democracy and Human Rights program – Berlin 9/2008
Program Foundation Heinrich Boell Lecture Performance – Berlin 2008
Town Hall Festival Kir Lokal Program – Berlin 2008