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