Maria Charalambous was born in 1999 and raised in Nicosia, Cyprus. After graduating from high school she studied contemporary dance and dance pedagogy at Iwanson International School of Contemporary dance in Munich, graduating in 2020. Her early pieces comprise, among others, of “I don’t want to remember anymore” (2017), “Escape”(2018) and “Prisoners of our brains” (2019) – performances questioning comprehensive embodiment in its diverse existences, the work builds scenes as well as interfaces between different art forms. Her work is characterized by experimental movement. She also engages in extending choreographic as well as somatic practices by combining dance and movement with other domains such as texts, theatre, drawings, pictures, sounds and materials. Maria performed as a dancer in the “Festival Junger Tanz” and assisted in “Festspielhaus –Kindertanz Festival” Baden Baden. She also received a scholarship for “Tanzwerkstatt Europa” to work with Dominique Mercy, a former dancer from TanztheaterWuppertal Pina Bausch and Inaki Azpillaga from Ultima Vez. Currently she is an artist-in-residence at Sozo Visions in Motion for Postgraduate and Performance Research Studies (PReS). Her project addresses religion as well as social behaviors/beliefs with focus on death. Furthermore she draws on emotional, psychological and cultural positions, exploring and embodying physical as well as theatrical expressions that activate various psychosomatic states.