The few times that Marilena and I sat down for a chat, I was particularly interested in what she is trying to convey with her performative self:  

“I like expressing different forms of my femininity. Costumes and role-playing are a must. Whenever I enter the stage, I never feel vulnerable, a power shift occurs and I become in charge and manage to manipulate the “male gaze” easily. I like challenging the different audiences that I am performing for, while also staying the figure of authority and being vigilant about being respected as a woman and a performer.”

Besides her witchy look and her passion for the Halloween vibe, Marilena is also an academic whose interest lies in gender studies and post-colonialism. She is also a poet and the director of the Cyprus Centre for Intercultural Studies. 

Check out her band Grendel Babies:


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