Maria Tsitroudi works in the field of performance art, choreography and dance. She holds a Diploma in Applied Theater from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, specialized in performing and stage design (2003), a Bachelor in Dance, from Municipality of Culture, Athens (2008) and a Masters of Arts (choreography & Performance) from the JLU (2020). She was honored with a year scholarship by the Indonesian embassy in order to study traditional Javanese and Balinese dances at the Fine Art School of Surakarta, (2000 – 2001).
Her artistic practice expands into various artistic fields, such as choreographing, performing, dancing, drawing, writing poetry and her work emerges from the relation among theory and practice.
From 2003-2008 she worked in Thessaloniki, as a performer, stage designer and theater teacher, collaborating with various institutions such as: the State Theater of Northern Greece, the Telloglion Foundation of Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Municipality of Education, while being in a close collaboration with the installation/video artist Stavros Panagiotakis for the works Kittaro and Torture. From 2008 till 2012 she lived and worked in Athens. Icono-stasis was her first choreographic work presented at theater Embros, (Athens 2012).
Since 2012, after enrolling herself in the Masters of Choreography & Performance and during her studies, she produced a number of works, such as the solo works Nekri Fysi, (Rough Proposals Festival 2013, Mousonturm), Intimate Walk, (Giessen, 2014). Don’t kill the messenger is a collective choreographic work with Gregor Glogowski and Johannes Van Bebber that was presented in Frankfurt Lab, at the frame of the conference “The public commons and undercommons of art education and labor”. It was also presented at HAU2, (100 grad festival 2014, Berlin), at Zeitraum Exit, in Mannheim and at TV control center (KET), in Athens. In 2013 she collaborated with Kefei Cao as a co-creator of the work Der Vergangenes vergeht nicht wie Rauch, festival of lights, Berlin. The collective choreographic work Zona, co-developed and performed together with Catalina Insignares and Jan-Tage Kühling, was presented at Landungsbruecke Theater, in Frankfurt, 2014. At spring 2015 she joined the dance company Bad-co, in Zagreb, for the production Stranger. Maria Tsitroudi presented her Masters graduation piece Apricot Trees Exist or an Impossible Walk, a continuity of Intimate Walk, delving deeper on the relation of poetics and time (Frankfurt Lab, FfM, December 2016). In the frame of Rough Proposals Festival 2017, held in Mousonturm, she presented the participatory piece Zones of Immaterial Pictorial Sensibility. In the frame of the same festival she collaborated with the choreographer and installation artist Tanja Kodlin as a co-performer for her choreographic installation Love is Blindness.
As a scholar of choreography she researched and wrote essays about poetics, temporality, gender, sexuality & politics. Her Master Thesis carried the title: The significance of interruption in the states of profound boredom and involuntary memory; the poetic potentialities of language; resistance or escape (2017). Other titles of essays are: From passivity to engagement: new forms of survival, new forms of togetherness (2018), Palpating the Invisible: from Phenomenology to queer relationality of bodies (2019).