Bio: Natalie Mik aka Yoniya or Yoni (b. 1984, Düsseldorf) is a performer and writer based in Los Angeles. She studied and danced at the Opernhaus Düsseldorf before she received her B.A. in Asian Studies from the Universität Bonn and her M.A. in International Studies from the Seoul National University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Performing Arts with a research focus in performance art historiography. Recent presentations of her work include performances at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Werkartz Gallery, Los Angeles; Downtown Art Center, Los Angeles; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach; Corner Art Space, Seoul.

Statement: 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, she creates movement-based commentaries or translations of invisible histories, marginalized rituals and forgotten myths. Interested in archiving as an aesthetic practice, these works explore how the body produces, stores and circulates knowledge. Further, they consider the social / psychoanalytical existence and interaction between the performer and the audience, in order to look ideas of historicity, memory, identity, visibility politics and postcolonial lives. Her choreography is reflective of her multiethnic upbringing and borrows languages from various dance and theater traditions including Talchum, Noh, Topeng as well as ballet and contemporary dance. 

 

Contact: ynataliemik@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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