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Block Universe

Block Universe is an annual festival that brings together a new wave of cutting-edge performance art at the cross-section of contemporary visual art, dance and music in major institutions and unique venues across London. Our goal is to create a long-term, sustained engagement with performance art by commissioning UK-based artists, as well as inviting international artists, to premiere new work. In pioneering this new platform, Block Universe aims to position London at the forefront of the dialogue surrounding performance art internationally.

Block Universe is back for the third year running, from 29 May to 4 June 2017, with a programme of newly commissioned performances, UK premieres, talks and workshops.

Taking place at renowned institutions, including the Royal Academy of Arts and Somerset House, as well as unique locations across the city, the week long festival presents work by some of the most exciting UK-based and international artists working in performance art today: Eglė Budvytytė, Işıl Eğrikavuk, Liz Magic Laser, Nicole Bachmann, Rory Pilgrim, Stina Nyberg, Will Rawls, Young In Hong, Zadie Xa and a first-time collaboration between Kim Coleman, Zoë Poluch and Cara Tolmie.

This year’s festival theme will address notions of nationhood, inclusivity and identity politics set against a changing socio-political landscape. Looking at networked communities and the power of collective voices, Block Universe will champion work that questions the status quo in divisive times.

Block Universe is supported by Arts Council England, Gaia Art Foundation, Lithuanian Culture Institute, Open Space Contemporary, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Canada Council for the Arts, Ace Bros, Delfina Foundation, Film & Video Umbrella and Violette Editions. Venue partners include The Royal Academy of Arts, Somerset House, Soho House Group, Kachette and The Light, among others. The festival’s hospitality partner for 2017 is My Bloomsbury – part of My Hotels Group.

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