Oxana Chi Dance & Art
OXANA CHI is a multi-talented performing artist who works as a dancer, choreographer, curator, festival organizer, filmmaker and
publisher. She was born in Frankfurt, Germany of Eastern Nigerian and Eastern European descent and has been choreographing and
performing her own pieces since 1991.
Based in Brooklyn, New York since 2015, she is currently in residency at the Abrons Arts Center as part of their 2017-2018 AIRspace Grant Program for Performing Artists. During the month of February 2018, she is also an Artist-in-Residence at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning.
Her repertoire is comprised of 19 productions. As a solo dancer, she usually
appears on stage with live-musicians who perform innovative compositions specifically for her pieces.
Her cutting-edge choreography has been praised in the international press for its aesthetic beauty and its ability to address the continuity between past and present sociopolitical issues. Oxana Chi has received various international awards and grants, and was honored with the titles of Filmmaker of Inspiration and Ambassador of Peace at the DOSHIMA 2016 in Jakarta.
Oxana toured at theaters, universities and festivals in France, India, Finland, UK, Indonesia, Germany, Taiwan, Martinique, Turkey, Singapore and Australia. In NYC, she has appeared at NYU Jack Crystal Theater, Movement Research @ Judson Church, Dixon Place, CUNY, BAAD!, LaMaMa, LAVA Dance, WOW Café Theatre, Triskelion Arts, Performance Project @ University Settlement.
Oxana has studied dance & movement in many parts of the world including:
Essen, Germany Folkwang University of the Arts;
Berlin, Germany (Ballet with Yvonne Wendrig from China/Holland at Marameo Studio, Egyptian dance with Turkish dancer Zadiel Sasmaz);
Solo, Indonesia (Classical Javanese Dance with special female dancer Endang Subono at Academy of the Arts STSI University and Taichi Kungfu with Abraham Soenarso);
New York, USA (Judith Malina The Living Theatre, Merce Cunningham Studio, Susan Klein Studio) Pat Hall Afro-Caribbean Dance & Movement at Mark Morris Dance Studio;
Paris, France (Ballet with Maestro Antonio from Argentina at Academie des Arts Choregraphiques, Cite Veron; and with Christine Kono from USA/Japan at Centre National de la Danse);
Sydney, Australia (Ballet with Judy Rose from USA);
Taipei, Taiwan (Martial Arts with advanced female Master Azu Wu and Workshop at U-Theatre);
Hong Kong (Qigong with Ma Wang Shang)
and in discotheques in Egypt and Nigeria.
Drawing inspiration from her travels to 40+ countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Pacific, and America, she is also a self-taught artist who develops her own performing language transcultural fusion, which alternates between energetic sequences and soft moves in combining beautiful dance, dramatic expression, and poetic storytelling.
She is featured in several films, including the art documentary Dancing Through Gardens, depicting her work in producing "Through Gardens". The film shows her outdoor performance in Indonesia for a 5,000 persons audience, her rehearsals, her costume production, and her research about the 1920s/30s dancer Tatjana Barbakoff's biography in Berlin and Paris. The French-German film production, funded by the French governmental Award "Envie d'Agir", the Jewish Foundation "Zurückgeben", Interflugs/Berlin Arts University, and private sponsors such as Nigerian engineer Emeka Ebulue and Alex Zuckerman, Executive Director of international company Fimor. The premiere happened in Berlin, Germany 2014, and the multilingual DVD was released in 2015. The movie has won three international awards in Indonesia and France.
Since 2008, Through Gardens, a Femmage to Tatjana Barbakoff, was shown at prestigious events in Solo (SIPA Festival in Indonesia), Paris (Le Dansoir Karine Saporta, Cité Internationale Maison Heinrich Heine, Théâtre de Belleville), Berlin (Werkstatt der Kulturen), Dresden (18. Jewish Music and Theatre Weeks) and has toured with the support of public and private sponsors, including the French Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah (FMS, Paris), the European Union Programs Fonds "Soziokultur and Soziale Stadt", Fond Darstellender Künste Bonn, Senatsverwaltung Berlin (City Council for the Arts Berlin), Landeszentrale für politische Bildungsarbeit (Governmental office for political education), Förderband eV Berlin, Cultural offices of Pankow, Neukölln, Treptow, Schöneberg and the following German Foundations: Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Berlin, Amadeu Antonio Foundation Berlin, Gerda Weiler Foundation for Feminist Women's Research, Heinrich-Böll-Foundation. In New York, excerpts have been shown at Dixon Place and the Center for Performance Research in 2018.
Oxana's other recent works include Neferet iti which premiered at Dance(a)Summer Festival in Berlin 2012 and toured to Bielefeld (Dance Festival Biennale Passages 2014, Dansart), Martinique (Dance Conference in Maison Rouge 2014), New York (Festival Dapline! The Performance Project @ University Settlement 2015, Dixon Place Fast Forward Series 2016) as well to the Asian Festivals Taipei Fringe Taiwan and SIPA Solo International Performance Arts (SIPA) 2015 Indonesia.
I Step on Air was originally commissioned by Dr. Natasha Kelly
(Humboldt-University Berlin, Postcolonial & Gender Studies) for the wandering exhibition EDEWA in November 2012, sponsored by
Mekonnen Meshgena (Heinrich-Böll-Foundation). It was first performed at Casa de las Culturas Latinoamericana, Rroma Aether Klub Theater,
Pangea Haus Anti-discrimination Association.
Since 2013, the piece toured at the City University of New York, Rutgers University Philadelphia, Technical University Berlin, Black History Month Berlin, Black Basar Art Festival Joliba, at the opening of the international festival Homestory Deutschland about the history and current lives of Black Germans in Hamburg, at the In*Vision Festival and Summer School, at the trans_x_ing feminist art salon (Prof. Dr. Lann Hornscheidt, Humboldt University Berlin), at Bielefeld University Gesellschaft macht Geschlecht Festival. "I Step on Air" was also invited to the Istanbul University Yeditepe (International Symposium Writing Women's Lives) 2014, to Mainz University (All Women Council) and NYC Laboratory for Performance Dixon Place NY 2015 and the International Delhi International Queer Film & Theater Festival 2016 amongst others.
Since 2015, Oxana is working on a production called Psyche,
and showed a first excerpt in New York at the BlakTinx Performance Series at the Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance (BAAD!) as
well as at Lava Dance Studio, LaMama Studio FAB Winter Dance Block.
Since then, she kept developing the piece and performed it at Auditorium Grimmzentrum, Humboldt University, Ballhaus Naunynstrasse Theatre, POETRY MEETS HIP HOP Series Berlin, International Symposium Moving Memory @ Technical University Berlin and at the Archives Matter Conference at Goldsmiths University of London, as well as at the Jack Crystal Theater NYU Tisch School of the Arts 2016. In 2017, she showed new excerpts of Psyche at the Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) Theatre Berlin, WOW Café and Black Herstory Night @ Dixon Place Manhattan.
Currently, Oxana is working on a new piece called feelingJAZZ. The first version of the work was shown in January 2018 at Triskelion Arts.
She is the Founder, Artistic Director & Choreographer of Oxana Chi & Ensemble Xinren, Board Member of Hof Theater in Berlin Kreuzberg, Member of the Dance Caribbean Collective NYC, Co-Founder of li:chi e.V. – transcultural network for art & political education.
Oxana has received various awards and grants including the Cité des Arts Residency (Paris), Berlin City Council for the Arts, Gerda Weiler Feminist Foundation and European Union programmes "Fonds Soziokultur", Abrons Arts Center AIRspace Grant Program for Performing Artists 2017-2018.
She is known in Europe for initiating and curating multidisciplinary festivals such as Dance(a)Summer Festival, the 10-month Dance Performance Series TANZnews (2009/2010) (in cooperation with Werkstatt der Kulturen Theater and the Berlin Senat City Council for the Arts) and the Salon Qi Art Salon in Berlin and Paris from 2009 to 2014. Together with Dr. Layla Zami, she also initiated and co-chaired the International Symposium-Festival Moving Memory at Technical University Berlin, as well as the Dixon Place Black Herstory Night 2017 and Black Queer Night 2018.
»A somewhat delicate presence, she is, nevertheless, a woman writ large, claiming concert dance space for
a diverse and teeming world, blessing that space.«
Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Bessie Award winner for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance, writer, curator about Oxana's performance at The Performance Project @ University Settlement in 2015.
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13 Art Films Super 8 format
31 Dance - Installation DV format DVD movies
5 Documentary DV Format DVD
1 Dance Film SVHS Format
The movies are between 6 minutes and 140 minutes long.
Involvement in art films of other artists.
Several Cinema Film Series in Berlin, supported by the Cultural Affairs in Berlin