Bodies:On:Live – the first online Magdalena festival


The first online Magdalena festival takes place 24-28 June 2021 and asks, what happens to theatre when bodies are distant?

“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.” Arundhati Roy (2020)

Bodies:On:LiveBodies:On:Live – Magdalena:On:Line is the first online Magdalena festival, celebrating the work of women in contemporary theatre and performance. It aims to (re)connect women all over the world via the internet as we encounter each other with/in our artistic endeavours. This first online festival continues the Magdalena tradition of international festivals that have, for over three decades, brought together women theatre and performance makers in intense, nourishing, physical encounters. In the current global context, Bodies:On: Live offers an online space for the evolution of this tradition, inviting embodied practioners, those who are experienced in performing online and those new to the field. The programme of engaging and inspiring work will be accessible via the internet to international participants and audience.

Bodies:On:Live calls us together to explore the online space, to keep our encounters alive and inclusive; and to ask, what is the way forward? How will our live, embodied artistic practice be transformed and continue to engage and inspire us in the online space? What happens to theatre when bodies are distant, when here is also there?

Programme and other details: Bodies:On:Live website

Bodies:On:Live is unfunded and organised by volunteers. If you can, please donate to help cover our small costs and to give something to the artists.


Organising team: Elizabeth de Roza, Helen Varley jamieson, Christina Papagiannouli, Janaina Matter, Karin Ahlstrom, Nur Khairiyah, Suzon Fuks, Zoe Gudović.