London’s leading international performance art festival and commissioning body

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. Our annual curated festival, held in major institutions and venues across London, has built a reputation for launching the careers of a new generation of artists and actively contributing to the local and international performance art scene.

Block Universe has worked with over 100 practitioners producing over 60 productions, including 30 new commissions, and brought 14 international premieres to London. In 2019 we expanded internationally to present programmes in Italy, the UAE and Germany, and in 2020 organised a week-long digital festival. We partner with major institutions, theatres, artist-run, non-traditional and community spaces, and have created work for over 60,000 live audiences.

We are committed to being inclusive and accessible, inspiring and educating audiences by producing and presenting work by a diverse range of internationally renowned and emerging artists with strong representation of POC, LGBTQIA+, female and non-binary communities.

Block Universe was founded in 2015 by Louise O’Kelly, with founding team members Xica Aires, Nicky van Breugel and Burcu Yuksel.

Advisory panel: Jonathan Sharples

Block Universe (CIC) is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, registered in England and Wales. Company no. 9499938. To read our Privacy Policy please click here.

Block Universe Team

Louise O’Kelly
Founding Director & Curator
Xica Aires
Head of Production
Tatjana Damm
Managing Director
Léa Malgouyres
Programme Assistant

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Ammar Al Attar
Josh Anio Grigg
Iphgenia Baal
Nicole Bachmann
Alex Baczynski Jenkins
Brittany Bailey
Sena Başöz
Oliver Beer
Nina Beier
Sam Belinfante
Rebecca Bellantoni
Cecilia Bengolea
Claire-Louise Bennett
Nandi Bhebhe
Rob Bidder
Claire Bishop
Craig Black Eagle
Alexis Blake
Eglė Budvytytė
François Chaignaud
Charismatic Megafauna
Paul Clinton
Kim Coleman
Nicola Conibere
Chloe Cooper
Tracky Crombie
Sakeema Crook
Vanessa da Silva
Brad Darkson
Jesse Darling
Marijke De Roover
Işıl Eğrikavuk
Alex Eisenberg
Philip Ewe
Phoebe Patey Ferguson
Field Recordings
Maria Fonseca
Chantel Foo
Brian Fuata
Ellie Ga
Gery Georgieva
Nikita Gill
M.J. Harding
Trajal Harrell
India Harvey
Maria Hassabi
Lina Hermsdorf
Evan Ifekoya
Jamila Johnson-Small
Sophie Jung
Bhanu Kapil
Melika Ngombe Kolongo (Nkisi)
Ann So-Hee Mannick Kristiansen
Sarah Louise Kristiansen
Lina Lapelytė
Liz Magic Laser
Hanne Lippard
Paul Maheke
Major Zcene
Zoe Marden
Lindsey Mendick
Ieva Misevičiūtė
Alex Mirutziu
Elaine Mitchener
Jade Montserrat
Joe Moran
Miguel Moreira
Jenny Moore
Fernanda Munoz-Newsome
The Neo Naturists
Inês Neto dos Santos
Stina Nyberg
Florence Peake
Performance Electrics gGmbH
Hannah Perry
Rory Pilgrim
Rachel Pimm
Alexandra Pirici
Diana Policarpo
Zoë Poluch
Michael Portnoy
Morgan Quaintance
Raju Rage
Nisha Ramayya
Ravioli Me Away
Will Rawls
Tabita Rezaire
Rowdy SS
Eva Rothschild
Aura Satz
Grace Schwindt
Erica Scourti
Indrė Šerpytytė
Sarah Shin
Eleanor Sikorski
Victoria Sin
Himali Singh Soin
Mårten Spångberg
Eve Stainton
Giselle Stanborough
Andrea Svensson
Chooc Ly Tan
They Are Here
Cara Tolmie
Sib Trigg
Nora Turato
Ellen Van Schuylenburch
Laura Wilson
Zadie Xa
Young in Hong
Abbas Zahedi

The Albany
The Art Workers Guild
British Museum
Brown Hart Gardens
Brunel Museum
Chisenhale Dance Space
Cork Street Galleries
Delfina Foundation
Dover Street Arts Club
Roberts Institute of Art
European ArtEast Foundation
E-WERK, Luckenwalde, Germany
Goldsmiths University of London
Hoxton Hall
Imperial War Museum London
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Kitchen
The Light
Live Art Development Agency
Oval Space
Protein Studios
Royal Academy of Arts
Sadler’s Wells
The Showroom
Siobhan Davies Dance
Soho House Group
Somerset House
Somerset House Studios
South Kensington Club
Space Studios
Stationers’ Hall
Studio Voltaire
The Swiss Church
Whitechapel Gallery

Ace Bros
Art Fund
Arts Council England
Bath Spa University
The Beaumont Hotel
Canada Council for the Arts
Cyprus High Commission Cultural Section
Dance Art Foundation
Delfina Foundation
The Embassy of Sweden in London
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Eoghan O’Ceallaigh
Film & Video Umbrella
Gaia Art Foundation
Goethe Institut
Green Rooms Hotel
Hauser & Wirth
Institut Français
KSB – Kulturstiftung des Bundes
Lithuanian Culture Institute
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Mondriaan Fund
Open Space Contemporary
Open Space Istanbul
Outset Contemporary Art Fund
Pale Green Press
Romanian Cultural Institute
Royal Norwegian Embassy
RSV Hansa 90 Frankfurt (Oder)
The Scotch of St. James
Shoreditch London
The Store X – The Vinyl Factory
Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Swiss Cultural Fund UK
Violette Editions
Vision Forum, Linköpings Universitet

Luckenwalder Sportclub e.V.

Satellite Program
Bold Tendencies
Bosse & Baum
The Ryder Projects

Co-commission and touring partners
The Box
Wysing Arts Centre