Homesong is written, composed and interpreted by Layla Zami.
A spoken words solo with a breeze of saxophone, using a broad emotional range to express a strong sociopolitical message. A diasporic journey from Berlin to Brooklyn, wandering through the tensions, tenderness and temporalities of being and belonging.

Duration: 15-25 min

Layla Zami is a Resident Artist with the dance company Oxana Chi & Ensemble Xinren. Using music, poetry and physical theater, she appears in several productions conceived, choreographed and danced by Oxana Chi.

I Step On Air (35 min.) is a dance-music-theater piece in memory of the poet, activist and scholar May Ayim, also known as the "Afro-German Audre Lorde". Layla Zami performs poetry by May Ayim, and plays her own musical compositions, alternating between dynamic saxophone tunes, experimental sounds, and soothing melodies on the kalimbas. An entertaining and meditative show, which creates an intimate and liberating universe.

feelingJAZZ (12 min.) is Oxana Chi's newest production and a work-in-progress. A duo between a body and a saxophone, blending European classical influences and Afro-diasporic rhythms, with live-music composed and improvised by Layla Zami. Inspired by New York vibrations, the piece offers a personal interpretation of what it means to feel JAZZ!


Performer - Events

Abrons Arts Center

Show at abrons art center

Layla Zami is delighted to present new original composed and improvised music in Oxana Chi's feelingJAZZ, a duo for a body and a saxophone. This work-in-progress was developed during Oxana Chi's time as an AIRspace Performing Artist-in-Residence at Abrons Arts Center. The performance is part of the 2017-2018 cohort Show+Share evening.

Abrons Arts Center Underground Theater

June 29th, 2018
at 7.30 pm

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University of Toronto

Poster BGHRA Toronto

Upon invitation by the US-based Black German Heritage and Research Association (BGHRA), Oxana Chi & Dr. Layla Zami present I Step On Air as keynote performers at the conference "Transnational Perspectives on Black Germany" hosted by the University of Toronto in Canada.

Robert Gill Theatre

May 24th, 2018
at 7.30 pm

 conference website
 conference program



Performance Studies Symposium

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Oxana Chi & Layla Zami will perform I Step On Air at New York University in the realm of the Symposium "The Between: Couple Forms, Performing Together" hosted by the Department of Performance Studies at NYU, in association with the Women & Performance journal.

New York University
PS Studio (Room 612)

Sat April 14th, 2018
2 - 4 pm

 more info



Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance

Flyer BAAD Program 2018

BAAD! ASS Women Festival 2018

March 9th, 2018
at 8 pm




First Friday Series at JCAL

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In the realm of an artist residency with Oxana Chi's dance company at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Queens (Feb 2018)
Homesong followed by Oxana Chi's dance Killjoy

March 2nd, 2018
at 7:30 pm




Black Queer Night

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A special event for Black History Month, curated by Layla Zami & Oxana Chi in partnership with the International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF).
Featuring Maria Bauman, Nia & Ness, Oxana Chi and Layla Zami (spoken words, chalumeau, saxophone)

Dixon Place Theater

Feb 21st, 2018
at 7.30 pm



Triskelion Arts Brooklyn


Never Before Never Again Festival at Triskelion
feelingJAZZ by Oxana Chi featuring Layla Zami (saxophone)

Muriel Schulman Theater
106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn

Jan 26th, 2018
at 8 pm



Jewish Art in the Metropolis of Europe

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Screening and discussion event organized by DAGESH. KunstLAB ELES (Berlin) in cooperation with Asylum Arts. A Global Network for Jewish Artists (NYC), in the realm of the Festival Radikale Jüdische Kulturtage.

Box Freiraum - Berlin-Friedrichshain

November 14th, 2017
at 7 pm



29th Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference

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Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District Hotel, Philadelphia
Homesong, preceded by Oxana Chi's dance Killjoy and followed by Layla Zami's talk

October 21th, 2017
at 6.15 pm



Here & Black Festival

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Zwischenraum / Heliodrom Kulturarena des Theater R.A.B., Freiburg
Neferet iti by Oxana Chi featuring Layla Zami (saxophone, ocean drum)

July 13th, 2017
at 7 pm



M(a)y Sister Festival

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HAU (Hebbel am Ufer) Theater, Berlin

May 3rd, 2017
at 8 pm



Poetry Meets Soul Series

Prachtwerk Berlin

April 27th, 2017
at 8 pm



Womyn Month Special

Poster WOW MARCH-2017

WOW (Women One World) Theatre Café – New York

Mar 24th - 25th, 2017
at 8 pm



Black Herstory Night

Flyer Black Herstory Night 2017

Dixon Place Laboratory for Performance, New York
Homesong (USA Premiere!)

Feb 16th, 2017
at 7.30 pm



Delhi International Queer Theatre & Film Festival (DIQTFF)

Flyer Queer Theatre Film Festival Delhi 2016

NCUI Auditorium & Convention Centre, New Delhi, India
I Step On Air

December 10th, 2016



In*Vision Festival Brandenburg

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I Step On Air

Nov 25th, 2016
at 8.30 pm



Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) Performance Night

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TransFormations – Trans Film Festival Berlin at Werkstatt der Kulturen Theater, Berlin
Homesong (German Premiere!)

Nov 20th, 2016
at 9.30 pm



Moving Memory International Symposium-Festival

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Technical University Berlin
I Step On Air

Oct 20th, 2016
at 7 pm



Women Performance Series

Plakat Sonntagsclub 2016

Frauenfreitag @ Sonntagsclub, Berlin
I Step On Air

May 25th, 2016




Flyer baad
Flyer baad

Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, New York
I Step On Air

March 26th, 2017
at 8 pm



Women’s History Month Conference

Flyer Rutgers Womenconference

Rutgers University, Camden, NJ
I Step On Air

March 25th, 2016
at 1 pm



Women's Month

Flyer Maison d'Art

La Maison d'Art New York
I Step On Air

March 19th, 2016
at 6 pm



Dance Series Fast Forward

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Neferet iti by Oxana Chi
Dixon Place Theater - New York

March 15th, 2017



2nd Second Annual Women's Conference "Women & Power"

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City University of New York
I Step On Air

March 2nd, 2016
at 7 pm



Split bill with Prof. Dr. Rosamond S. King

Flyer Dixon

Dixon Place Theater, Laboratory for Performance, New York
I Step On Air

Sept 23rd, 2015
at 7.30 pm



Solo International Performing Arts (SIPA) Festival

Programbook International Performance Art Festival Solo 2015

Benteng Vastenburg Solo
Neferet iti by Oxana Chi featuring Layla Zami

September 10th – 12th, 2015



Taipei Fringe Festival

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Taipei City Youth Development Office Auditorium, Taiwan
Neferet iti by Oxana Chi featuring Layla Zami

Aug 30th and Sept 9th at 7.30 pm
Sept 1st and Sept 3rd at 2.40 pm



Festival Dapline!

Flyer UniversitySettlement NYC 2015

The Performance Project @ University Settlement, New York
Oxana Chi's Neferet iti opens the festival, featuring Layla Zami

July 30th, 2015



Intersectionality and Feminism Event Series

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Mainz University, Women Department (AlleFrauenReferat)
I Step On Air

April 24th, 2015
at 8 pm