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, she creates choreographies wherein the dancerly body documents and reenacts haunting historical presences. Some of her works are presented in conjunction with installations or video projections. She was trained in ballet and Western modern dance before she received a B.A. and M.A. in cultural studies. Currently, she is writing her doctoral thesis in performing arts about physical knowledge through the lens of ghost choreographies in contemporary dance and film.
How does bodily memory shape historicity and what is the potentiality of documenting history through dance? A body remembers a past differently from the mind and it is a starting point of self-reflection and a place of phenomenological encounters with the world. My performances are dedicated to invisible people and forgotten places which are documented, interrogated and reenacted through my own decaying body. My movements become a fleeting evidence of their absence. This way of documenting a past is a hopeful effort of archiving history that a word, an image or the mind cannot bear.
© 2018 Natalie Mik