Marialena Marouda works in the intersections between performance and sound art. She studied philosophy and visual arts at Columbia University in New York, USA and continued her studies at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies at the University of Giessen, Germany. In May 2018 she completed the Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies (a.pass), a program for artistic research in Brussels, Belgium.
Marialena focuses on (institutional) knowledge practices and their performances. Her work is developed over the long term and is research-based. It takes place outside and beyong the black box, often developed in situ. She is currently the initiator of the Oceanographies Institute (2018-present), a research institute focusing on the relation between the human body and the ocean. The Oceanographies Institute (TOI) is mainly based in Belgium and collaborates with institutions from both the performing arts and the (oceanic) sciences.
Previous works include Poetry Exercises: An Archive of (Un)familiar Things (2013-16) and Walking Exercises (2010-13). She presents her work internationaly.
She currently collaborates with choreographer Fabrice Mazliah on The Manufactured Series, a series of ten duets each between a human performer and a hand-crafted object.
As a writer and critic, she has written for the Performing Arts Journals MASKA and Etcetera a.o.