Block Universe, Londonâ€™s leading performance art festival and international commissioning body, will return from Monday 25 May to Saturday 30 May 2020, with Sessions.Â
Sessions is Block Universeâ€™s first virtual festival featuring workshops, podcasts, film and video, spoken-word, live performances and music. These sessions will explore what it means to host a performance or discussion in the virtual realm and how to connect with audiences through screens, and to forecast the future through alternative ways of living. Audiences can experience live performances, an augmented reality performance, an online cooking workshop and a collaborative work which will forge connectivity to those separated by the current pandemic.
Artists taking part in Sessions are: Keiken & Sakeema Crook, Jade Montserrat & Nikita Gill, Eve Stainton, InĂŞs Neto dos Santos. These performances will be broadcast every week day evening at 6pm BST.
On Friday, things will kick off at 9pm BST with a longer, late night line up including Rowdy SS & Ekin Bernay with collaborators, and Jenny Moore with collaborators. Finally, on Saturday, Sarah Shin and M.J. Harding with collaborators will present a brunch time listening session at 10am BST.
Staying close to the original festival dates in May, the programme mirrors Block Universeâ€™s IRL festival format in that it offers both live performance on the cross-section of visual art, dance and music. It also echoes Block Universeâ€™s ambition to ensure sustained engagement with performance art in London and beyond and to support artists at every junction – for this programme new work has been specially commissioned as a way of continuing to provide economic support for artists during this challenging time. Block Universe are also supporting a young curator, Marlies Augustijn to develop the programme, alongside a cohort of student trainees, with Art Fund support.