Natalie Mik [miːkə] aka Yoniya (born 1984, Düsseldorf) is a performance artist and scholar based in Berlin and Los Angeles. Interested in archiving as an aesthetic practice, her work documents and reenacts the buried pasts and ghostly presents through live dance-theater performances, video projections and installations.
How does memory shape historicity and what is the potentiality of writing history using a moving body? A body remembers the past differently from the mind and it is a starting point of self-reflection and a place of phenomenological encounters with the world. Invisible people and forgotten places are preserved through my own decaying body. The fleeting movements become evidence of their absence. My way of documenting the past is a hopeful and resistant effort of writing history that the word, an image or the mind cannot bear. My choreography is reflective of my multi-ethnic upbringing and borrows expressions from various dance and theater traditions including Noh, Topeng as well as ballet and Western contemporary dance.
© 2018 Natalie Mik