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Wed, Feb 21, 2018 7:30pm –

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie St
New York, NY 10002

Dixon Place

Black Queer Night

It’s Black History Month, time to celebrate Black Queer Women* lives and art with everybody! We move hearts and remove obstacles, remembering that ‘resistance is love’ (Pat Hall). A special event following up on Black Herstory Night (2017), this time in cooperation with the International Human Rights Art Festival.

Blind Spot by Nia and 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.

Homesong (excerpt) by Layla Zami 
A diasporic interlude exploring purple love with spoken words and a breeze of saxophone.

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.

(re)source (excerpt) 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.

Feeling Jazz 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!

General Admission: Buy $15 advance tickets, buy $18 tickets at the door 
Students: Buy $12 advance tickets, buy $15 tickets at the door