Bio: Natalie Mik aka Yoniya (b. 1984, Duesseldorf) is a performer and writer based in Los Angeles. She studied Ballet and Modern Dance at the Opernhaus Duesseldorf before she received her BA in Asian cultural studies and her MA in Korean history. Besides her creative practice, she is currently pursuing her doctorate studies in performance art and dance historiography.
Statement: Mik's work aims to preserve and reenact 'embodied knowledge' through dance and other corporeal actions. Interested in archiving as an aesthetic and performative practice, she uses the human body as an archival medium and explore its potential in (re)producing and circulating knowledge of the past. The sociopolitical and psychoanalytical existence of the dancer and the audience are considered in order to investigate issues of historicity, visibility politics, memory, identity and decolonization.