I Got a Million Dreams

Participant: Yon Natalie Mik

What is the meaning of writing a dance? How can different approaches to dance notation shape and reimagine our ideas of time, space, and the self?

Yon will share her practice of writing dance and how this practice led her to work with poetry and a sculptural approach to dance notation.

The meaning of dance stems from its power to act as a waking dream, where one can traverse a landscape as limitless and intimate as the world of dreams. Writing a dance mirrors the complexity of dreaming: emotional processing, memory consolidation, rehearsing futures, the alteration of brain chemistry, and neuroplasticity. What the body undergoes in this process is not just a series of biological reactions; it is a spiritual act of giving millions of dreams a stage. It’s the practice of giving impossibility a chance.

Yon Natalie Mik is a dancer and multidisciplinary artist working at the intersection of performance, poetry, and theory. Drawing from the knowledge of disobedient bodies, Mik’s practice and movement vocabulary are anchored on the subversive power of fragility. Her work manifest in series of in-depth studies that delve into various degrees of movement, from individual postures to social choreographies. Latest studies exposed the body politics in the lives of Asian transmigrants, questioning norms shaped by ableism, racism and classism. Her body serves as a living archive, evertransforming, unreliable yet resilient, kinetically rewriting everyday landscapes distorted by hate, greed, and fear.

Her ongoing PhD project Choreography of the Ghost is part of the research group Normativity, Critique, Change at the Freie Universität Berlin, funded by the German Research Foundation. As the co-founder of The Invisible Archive, a publication dedicated to performance and time-based art, she collaborates with other artists, researchers, and activists through publishing.

12.01.24, 18:00
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