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 the initiator of THE OCEANOGRAPHIES INSTITUTE (2018-present), which has been presented in the festivals C-Takt#5 (2020), Chambres d’O (2020), Wandering Artis Biennial (2020, 2018) and the wpZimmer Open House #13 (2018). Previous works include POETRY EXERCISES: A CHOIR OF URBAN SOUNDS (2017), a choir-workshop at the International Festival for Performing Arts in Terni, Italy, POETRY EXERCISES: AN ARCHIVE OF (UN)FAMILIAR THINGS (2013-16) presented during the Festival “Implantieren 2016” in the Institute for City History, Frankfurt am Main, and WALKING EXERCISES (2010-13), shown at the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt am Main, and the Sophiensaele in Berlin. Marialena is collaborating with choreographer Fabrice Mazliah on his MANUFACTURED SERIES (2019-present). She has also collaborated with the choreographers Deufert&Plischke for their works ENTROPIC INSTITUTE (2012) and ANARCHIV I (2008).

As a writer and critic, she has written for the Performing Arts Journals MASKA and Etcetera a.o.