Block Universe, London’s leading international performance art festival is set to launch its fourth edition in May with an expanded 10-day programme of new commissions, UK premieres, talks, screenings and workshops.

From 26 May to 3 June 2018, Block Universe will present work by some of the most innovative UK-based and international artists working in performance art today, including Maria Hassabi, Hanne Lippard, Giselle Stanborough, Nora Turato and Laura Wilson.

The festival features five new commissions by Gery Georgieva, Evan Ifekoya & Victoria Sin, Alex Mirutziu, Last Yearz Interesting Negro / Jamila Johnson-Small and They Are Here, a collaborative practice led by Helen Walker and Harun Morrison.

As in previous years, performances will take place in major institutions and unique venues across London, including Somerset House, British Museum, Royal Academy of Arts and Studio Voltaire. Creating extraordinary opportunities for dialogue between London’s storied institutions and a selection of exceptional performance artists working at the cross-section of contemporary visual art, dance and music, Block Universe positions London at the forefront of international performance art.

“This year, the festival will explore themes that act as a counterpoint to current divisiveness created by contemporary politics, focusing on and at the same time questioning utopian ideals of community and collectivity. Addressing the ways that we relate to one another, this edition will respond both to the larger fabric of society that binds us and the politics of sex and love in our personal relationships.”

Festival Director Louise O’Kelly.

The expanded public programme will feature talks with key industry professionals, film screenings and participatory workshops. It includes partnerships with Siobhan Davies Dance, Victoria & Albert Museum and Goldsmiths, University of London.

The full programme of performances, talks and workshops will be announced shortly. In the run-up to the festival, Block Universe is organising a symposium with the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths on 22 March 2018, looking at the history of performance art in the UK.