Natalie Mik aka Yoniya (b. 1984, Düsseldorf) is a performance artist and scholar based in Berlin and Los Angeles. Interested in archiving as an aesthetic and performative practice, her work documents and reenacts the past through live dance-theater-based performances, video projections and installations. How does memory shape historicity and what is the potentiality of a written history using movement and the 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 and events 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 language and 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