TIME AND PLACE:
@ Various venues including the Royal Academy of Arts and Somerset House, as well as unique locations across the capital
Tickets: various book online
Block Universe, London’s international performance art festival, is back for the third year running, from 29 May to 4 June 2017, with a programme of newly commissioned performances, UK premieres, talks and workshops.
Week long festival presenting work by some of the most exciting UK-based and international artists working in performance art today:
Liz Magic Laser
Young In Hong
Collaboration between Kim Coleman, Zoë Poluch and Cara Tolmie
In post-Brexit Britain, this year’s festival theme will explore ideas surrounding political bodies, both personal and public, addressing identity politics and notions of nationhood set against a changing socio-political landscape. Looking at networked communities and the power of collective voices, Block Universe will champion work that questions the status quo in divisive times.
With four UK premieres and five site-specific commissions in noteworthy settings across central London, the works include: choreography modelled on the Gwangju uprising taking place in the public square of the Royal Academy of Arts courtyard by Young In Hong; Stina Nyberg’s choreographic work questioning Swedish physical ideals from the 1920s through a visually described performance; Rory Pilgrim’s collaboration with a youth group exploring sci-fi robotic support systems of care set in a Quaker Hall; and Isil Egrikavuk’s performative dinner exploring parallels between Pluto’s demotion from our solar system with the UK’s exit from the EU, amongst others.
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TIME AND PLACE
10am-6pm Sunday – Thursday
Last admission: 5.15pm
10am-10pm Friday – Saturday
Last admission: 9.15pm
@ Tate Modern
Bankside, SE1 9TG
Tickets £10, concessions available
This exhibition will take a new look at the dynamic relationship between performance and painting since 1950. Contrasting key paintings by Jackson Pollock and David Hockney, the exhibition considers two different approaches to the idea of the canvas as an arena in which to act: one gestural, the other one theatrical. The paintings of the Vienna Actionists or the Shooting Pictures of Niki de St Phalle will be re-presented within the performance context that they were made, and juxtaposed with works by artists such as Cindy Sherman or Jack Smith that used the face and body as a surface, often using make-up in work dealing with gender role-play. The exhibition proposes a new way of looking at the work of a number of younger artists whose approach to painting is energised by these diverse historical sources, drawing upon action painting, drag and the idea of the stage set.
On Monday 28th January / 6.45pm-7.45pm, self-defining Queer artist Tim “Timberlina,” will be constructing a performance tour of the exhibition, centred around exploring the exhibition for broader sensibilities and notions of Queer past and present. Tickets are £10 / £7 concessions, and include a free glass of wine.
TIME AND PLACE:
Open every day
Noon – late
@ Southbank Centre
London SE1 8XX
Tickets: affordable prices
Book your tickets HERE
Underbelly joined forces with Southbank Centre in 2009 to bring E4 Udderbelly to the Southbank Centre for an exciting eclectic 8 week summer progamme. In 2011 they will be extending the festival to 12 weeks from April.
Expect a bombardment of comedy, music, cabaret, theatre and circus shows!
The Udderbelly festival offers great choice of entertainment for any taste – so bring the whole family.
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