Natalie Mik [miːkə] aka Yoniya (born 1984, Düsseldorf) is a performer, choreographer and scholar based in Berlin and Los Angeles. Interested in archiving as an aesthetic practice, she creates live and video performances where the dancerly body documents and reenacts 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 with a focus on Asian history. Mik’s doctoral thesis in performing arts discusses the dance choreography of ghostly figures as an artistic strategy to archive a haunting history.
“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 through my own decaying body. My movements become a fleeting evidence of their absence. This way of documenting our past is a hopeful effort of archiving history that a word, an image or the mind cannot bear.”
© 2018 Natalie Mik