Marina Tsartsara is an interdisciplinary dance artist (MSc Dance, Performance & Visual Art), a Somatic Movement Performer (ISMETA) and a Somatic Movement Educator/Practitioner of Body Mind Centering®. As an artist she has been supported multiple times by the Arts Council (UK), as well as by the Hastings Council, The Nightingale Theater and South East Dance (UK) in developing, producing and managing her work. From 2013 till 2016, she was supported by Arts Council England and the NHS (National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery) to research ‘Choreographing genetic disease and audiences’, with performances in both gallery and hospital settings, bringing together art and science. The research project included workshops with patients, assisting their understanding, re-connection and expression of the body-mind through art making.
In 2018-2019 she was artist in residence at ‘L’Estruch: Fabrica de Creació de les arts en viu, in Sabadell (Catalonia), developing and performing ‘Sense F’ – an autoethnographic interdisciplinary performance project, with the participation of women with chronic health issues sharing the lived experience of their bodies, as well as their artwork (via a workshop that she offered to the group). She has exhibited and performed in venues such as L’Estruch, CCCB (Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona), Pia Almoina Museum (Barcelona), Athens Biennale, London Biennale, Tate Modern, Teatro Vascello (Rome), Teatre Antic (Barcelona), Contemporary Art Museum of Zulia (Venezuela), Moves Festival (Liverpool), IDN Festival (Barcelona), National Conference of Digital Futures in Dance (Bournemouth), National Review of Live Art (Glasgow), Rich Mix (London), Pavilion Theatre (Brighton), Limewharf (London) and Coastal Currents Festival (Hastings) among others.
Her ongoing research interests include: site-specific performance, kinesthetic effect, embodied spectatorship, interdisciplinary choreography, autoethnography, and medical performance.