Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Malena Arcucci is an performance maker currently based in London. She uses devised and physical theatre techniques, in combination with her background and interest in costume making and sculpture to explore new forms of storytelling. Her work is concerned with the theatricality of societal and political structures and their influence on our social and cultural landscape.
Malena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts and Sculpture from the University of Argentine Museum, and a certificate from the Argentinean National Opera. She has worked extensively as a theatre-maker and costume designer for companies in Buenos Aires and London, some of the venues include Teatro del Pueblo in Buenos Aires, and Southwark Playhouse, Oval Space and the Arcola in London. Malena has exhibited and gave talks internationally in venues and conferences including the Teatro del Pueblo in Buenos Aires, Southwark Playhouse in London, and the Performance Philosophy Biennale in Amsterdam.
In 2019 she completed a Master in Design of Experiences at the University of the Underground and the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam, Netherlands. There she collaborated in a variety of multi-disciplinary projects within institutions like the British Transport Police, the Dutch National Opera House in Amsterdam, and Chequeado in Argentina.
In 2016 she founded Mariana/Malena with Mariana Aristizabal Pardo, a plurinational theatre company that engages in practical research regarding the concepts of adaptation, womanhood, and repatriation.