Block Universe: International Performance Arts Festival in London

Rory Pilgrim, Seeds Upon The Dance Floor, 2014 sic! Raum für Kunst, Luzern.
Eglė Budvytytė, Choreography for the Running Male, Mindaugas Triennial, 11th Baltic Triennial of International Art, 2012. Photography by Ieva Budžeikaitė

London‘s international performance art festival Block Universe opens May 29, 2017, for a week-long program of performances, including five new commissions, four UK premieres and an exciting public program. This year’s edition addresses notions of nationhood, the power of collective voices and identity politics set against a changing socio-political landscape. Looking at networked communities and the power of collective voices, Block Universe champions work that questions the status quo in divisive times.

Now in its third edition, Block Universe brings together cutting-edge performance art at the cross-section of contemporary visual art, dance and music, presenting work by some of the most exciting UK-based and international artists working with performance today.

This year, audiences will experience Liz Magic Laser’s political therapy workshops at The Showroom on May 29, along with Stina Nyberg’s visually described choreography questioning historic Swedish physical ideals at the Tabernacle on the same day. Turkish artist lşıl Eğrikavuk will be giving a performative dinner on May 30 at the Ned, and Will Rawls will question the audience with a subversive Q&A in a grade-II-listed site on May 31 at the Asylum in Peckham.

On June 1, Zadie Xa will create a unique immersive environment at Somerset House and Nicole Bachmann’s new commission will examine the relationship between language, voice and power at Kachette on June 2. At the Light in Euston on June 3, Rory Pilgrim’s new commission will explores sci-fi robotic support systems of care, and Space Studios will premiere a first-time collaboration between Kim Coleman, Zoë Poluch and Cara Tolmie. Last but not least, Eglė Budvytytė’s mobile performance disrupting public space and Young In Hong’s choreography of protest at the Royal Academy of Arts through an open source participatory performance will both be performing on June 4.


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