Black Odonata I, 2018

Live performance (00:40:00), hand mirror, charcoal.

Choreography, performance: Natalie Mik / Camera: Christian Alvarez

Black Odonata I is a dance-theatre performance, which aims to document how ghostly memories of Ohaguro mold our gaze and deform our bodies. Mostly known under its Japanese name Ohaguro, the term refers to a largely vanished tradition, namely a beauty ritual of blackening teeth. The tradition was practiced in wide areas of South East- Central Asia and Japan. Distorted dance movements create a fleeting evidence of Ohaguro's absence. The uneasy and horrid smile present its resilience throughout history and its mourning at the same time. Black Odonata’s story was told from the perspective of a dragonfly nymph.