Block Universe is London’s leading international performance art festival and commissioning body. We bring together cutting-edge performance art at the cross-section of contemporary visual art, dance and music. Held in major institutions and venues across London, previous partners include The Store X 180 The Strand, the ICA, Sadler’s Wells, Royal Academy of Arts, the British Museum, Somerset House and The Showroom amongst other unique offsite locations.
The festival has produced over 60 productions, 27 new commissions and brought 14 international premieres to London over the past 6 years with the mission to create a long-term, sustained engagement with performance art in the city. In pioneering this new platform, Block Universe aims to position London at the forefront of the dialogue surrounding performance internationally. In 2019, the festivalĀ held its fifth edition, from 18 May to 2 June in London and expanded with projects in Italy, Germany and the UAE.
Block Universe was founded in 2015 by Louise O’Kelly, and the 2020 team includes Xica Aires, Head of Production, Tatjana Damm, Managing Director and Marlies Augustijn, Assistant Curator. We are grateful for the support of our Art Fund supported trainees Emily Burke, Helena Davidson-Houston, Mumo Liko and Tuula Petersen.
The team is supported by an advisory panel comprised of Steven Bode, Alessandra Canavesi, Simon Roberts, Amy Stephens and Robert Violette.
We would also like to acknowledge our gratitude towards founding members of the Block Universe team, without whom none of this would be possible. Thank you to Nicky van Breugel and Burcu Yuksel for their time, energy and passion.
To see all the artists we have worked with and our previous partners and supporters please click here.