Private Project

Dancing Through Gardens

A moving and inspiring tale about women's struggle and survival through the power of dance. In the 1920s/30s, Chinese-Jewish-Russian dancer and muse Tatjana Barbakoff inspired the whole European dance and visual art scene. Today, she is revived on stage and on screen by artist Oxana Chi, an icon of the contemporary Berlin off-scene. The film dives into the fascinating biography of legendary Tatjana Barbakoff...and reveals its connections to the 21st century story of Oxana Chi.
An epic documentary with unseen archival footage, inspiring fiction scenes, electrifying music and breathtaking dance moments, playing in France, Indonesia and Germany.
An urgently needed new perspective on the links between past and present topics of migration, equal rights, and empowerment through art.

  • Oxana Chi
    Director
  • Layla Zami
    Director
  • Oxana Chi
    Writer
  • li:chi verein
    Producer
  • Eva Dorothea Schöngut
    Key Cast
  • Oxana Chi
    Key Cast
  • Tatjana Barbakoff
    Key Cast
  • Yeji Min
    Animation
  • Layla Zami
    Cinematographer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Durch Gaerten Tanzen
  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    historical and contemporary biography, socially-engaged, artistic, drama
  • Runtime:
    2 hours 20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 12, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    France, Germany, Indonesia
  • Film Language:
    English, German, Indonesian
  • Shooting Format:
    HD, Super 8
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Documentary and Short Movie Awards Festival (DOSHIMA)
    Jakarta
    Indonesia
    September 22, 2016
    Asian Premiere
    International Gold Award Winner, Filmmaker of Inspiration
  • Other Europe(s) International Symposium
    Duesseldorf
    Germany
    June 25, 2016
    excerpt
    MLA Award
  • xart splitta Monthly Film Series
    Berlin, Germany
    March 8, 2015
    Women's Day Special Selection
  • Cultural Series at Women's Center "Schokofabrik"
    Berlin, Germany
    February 13, 2015
  • Filmbühne Movie Theatre am Steinplatz
    Berlin
    Germany
    October 12, 2014
    Preview
  • Begine Women's Centre
    Berlin
    Germany
    May 21, 2016
  • Women Migration & Resistance Series, Frauenkreise Cultural Centre
    Berlin
    Germany
    July 14, 2016
  • Gender & Society Arts Festival Bielefeld University "Gesellschaft Macht Geschlecht"
    Bielefeld, Germany
    November 17, 2014
    Gesellschaft Macht Geschlecht
  • In-Vision Festival
    Berlin
    Germany
    October 23, 2016
  • SUSI Frauenzentrum
    Berlin
    Germany
    November 4, 2016
  • Osnabrück University
    Osnabrück
    Germany
    June 1, 2017
  • Bundesplatz Kino
    Berlin
    Germany
    December 3, 2017
  • Pratt Institute
    NYC
    United States
    November 15, 2018
    North American Premiere
Distributor Information
  • Fembooks
    Country: Germany
Director Biography - Oxana Chi, Layla Zami

LAYLA ZAMI is an artist and scholar working with video, music, photo, and words. She holds a PhD from Humboldt-University Berlin and an M.A. from the Paris School of International Affairs Sciences Po. Former Visiting Research Scholar at Columbia University, she received several awards including a Fellowship from the German Federal Ministry of Education Talents Program, and the French Prize "Envie d'Agir" for Dancing Through Gardens, and the Stiftung Zurückgeben Award for Jewish Women in Arts and Sciences. Layla Zami is a 2018-2019 Visiting Scholar at Pratt Institute, with research, teaching and advising duties in the Department of Humanities and Media Studies. She also serves as Board Member and Assistant Producer at the International Human Rights Art Festival in New York City.
www.laylazami.net

OXANA CHI is an award-winning filmmaker, performing artist and curator. Born in Germany, she is based in NYC since 2015 and was a 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence at Abrons Arts Center. She has won many prizes and grants including Berlin City Council for the Arts, Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, LGBT Fonds Elledorado, Gerda-Weiler-Stiftung für feministische Forschung and Fonds Darstellender Künste. Together with Dr. Zami she has performed, presented and screened work at international venues, festivals, and universities such as NYU Tisch School, Rutgers University, University of Toronto, Bielefeld University, Humboldt-University Berlin, Technical University Berlin, New Delhi NCUI Auditorium and Convention Centre. For this movie, Oxana Chi received the Gold Award "Filmmaker of Inspiration" (DOSHIMA 2016) and has been crowned as Ambassador of Peace by the Indonesian government and royal family.
www.oxanachi.de

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Director Statement

A unique dancing HERstory produced by the artist duo Oxana Chi & Layla Zami. This thought-provoking and breath-taking movie is writing the missing pages of history books... It stands for all the other biographies of women whose art and culture strongly contributed to the culture we know today, but who have been forgotten or have not been officially acknowledged yet. "Dancing Through Gardens" embraces the flexible standpoint of contemporary dance to stretch connections between remembering the past and moving towards the future.