Natalie Mik aka Yoniya (b. 1984, Düsseldorf) is a performer, writer and translator based in Los Angeles. She studied and danced at the Opernhaus Düsseldorf before she received her BA in Asian Studies from Universität Bonn and her MA in Korean History from Seoul National University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate studies in performance art, theater and dance historiography.
Mik's work aims to preserve and reenact 'embodied knowledge' through dance and other bodily practices. At the intersection of dance, theater and performance art, her works present embodied translations of marginalized historical records, rituals, folk tales and myths to counterbalance a present canon of knowledge. Dance and theater traditions such as Salpuri, Talchum, Butoh, Noh and Topeng serve as material to create her choreographies. Interested in archiving as an aesthetic practice, Mik uses the human body as an archival medium to explore how memories and physical knowledge are produced and circulated. The social and psychoanalytical existence of the performer and the audience are considered in order to look ideas of historicity, time and memory, identity, visibility politics and postcolonial lives.
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