Preperation for Black Odonata, 2018

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

Collective Arts Incubator, Los Angeles.

Choreography, performance: Natalie Mik / Camera: Christian Alvarez


The following performance was done in preparation for Black Odonata.

Black Odonata is a dance-theatre-based performance, which aims to document how ghostly memories of Ohaguro have molded my gaze and deformed my body. 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 to 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 is told from the perspective of a dragonfly nymph.