Block Universe, London’s international performance art festival, is back for the third year running, from 29 May to 4 June 2017, presenting five newly commissioned and site-specific performances, four UK premieres as well as exclusive talks and workshops.

This year’s festival theme will address notions of nationhood, inclusivity and identity politics set against a changing socio-political landscape. Looking at networked communities and the power of collective voices, Block Universe champions work that questions the status quo in divisive times.

The week long programme will present work by some of the most exciting UK-based and international artists working with performance today. Audiences will experience Liz Magic Laser’s political therapy workshops at The Showroom, a performative dinner by lşıl Eğrikavuk, Nicole Bachmann’s new commission examining the relationship between language, voice and power, Eglė Budvytytė’s mobile performance disrupting public space and Young In Hong will work with the choreography of protest at the Royal Academy of Arts through an open source participatory performance. Rory Pilgrim’s new commission explores sci-fi robotic support systems of care, Stina Nyberg’s visually described choreography questions historic Swedish physical ideals and Will Rawls questions the audience with a subversive Q&A in a grade-II-listed site. Zadie Xa will create a unique immersive environment at Somerset House whilst at Space Studios we will premiere a first-time collaboration between Kim Coleman, Zoë Poluch and Cara Tolmie.

Public Programme
The public programme will present artist talks with Zadie Xa and Işıl Eğrikavuk, workshops with Florence Peake and Stina Nyberg and a special film screening at Hackney Picturehouse. For more information on the programme and to purchase tickets visit:

Louise O’Kelly, Founding Director of Block Universe, says: “As Block Universe enters its third edition, it has been a pleasure to see what a vital platform the festival has proven to be in such a short space of time for both artists working in this medium and for audiences to experience exciting, relevant new work. The festival has proven to be a real incubator for emerging talent and we hope to continue to support artists in making ambitious new works and increasing visibility of performance practices from UK-based artists within an international context. We have a truly exciting line-up this year with ambitious new commissions and premieres that are pushing the boundaries of cutting edge performance art today.”