Following an international programme marking half a decade of curating and commissioning, spanning Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom in 2019, Block Universe have announced that 2020‚Äôs programme will begin in the United Arab Emirates and are pleased to share news of Block Universe‚Äôs annual London festival, now in its sixth edition, in the spring.¬†
In Dubai, Block Universe has been invited to curate a programme of performances at Quoz Arts Fest, hosted by Alserkal, on January 24 and January 25. Presenting a series of works in the context of Dubai, the inaugural Middle Eastern programme for Block Universe reflects upon social and cultural histories; diasporic roots, migration and embodied or archival memory. Artists will include Eglńó Budvytytńó (LT/NL), Alex Mirutziu (RO) and Himali Singh Soin (IN/UK).¬†
The keystone of Block Universe‚Äôs annual programme ‚Äď a major London festival ‚Äď will open in May 2020. The London festival dates are announced as 16 to 30 May with an opening performance; Joie Noire by Jimmy Roberts (FR/GER), which will also tour to Nottingham Contemporary and The Hunterian, The University of Glasgow.¬†
The 6th edition of Block Universe in London will be the closing of a six-year cycle, in which the first iteration looked at the body as an archive and embodied memory, and the last, looking at how the body relates to archives, historical perspectives, cultural memory and how performance can be used to activate new narratives. A full programme announcement for Block Universe‚Äôs London festival will be made later in Spring 2020 and news of a new cycle announced for 2021.