8 – 14 June 2015
Block Universe brings together a new wave of cutting edge performance art at the cross-section of visual art, dance and music, activating major institutions and venues throughout London over the course of a week.
Block Universe’s goal is to create a long-term, sustained engagement with performance art through commissioning and creating opportunities to present performance in London. It aims to support the growth of UK-based artists, whilst inviting an exciting selection o artists from abroad, some showing in London for the first time. To help achieve this international outlook, Block Universe has partnered with The Kitchen, New York’s historic venue for experimental performance.
Each edition of Block Universe will be themed and for this inaugural year we focus on legacies of performance, looking at how to sustain an engagement with this time-based medium. Performances reference a layering of archival and historical sources, with a focus on the concept of the body as archive, exploring how the acts of rehearsal, choreography and verse operate as a means of reinforcing and sharing personal, social and cultural memories. Taking a fresh look at what performance in contemporary art can mean today, works span a wide range and include sculptural elements, song, choreography, movement, video, image, text and the spoken word.