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Performance festival Block Universe starts this month

Ravioli Me Away performs opera The View From Behind The Futuristic Rose Trellis and Paul Maheke & Melika Ngombe Kolongo present Sènsa

Performance art festival Block Universe will return to London from 18 May to 2 June featuring a 14 day programme of new work, premieres, talks, screenings and workshops.

This year marks its fifth anniversary and the first time the event will host a sister programme in Germany. Taking place later this year during Berlin Art Week, the line up for the German edition is yet to be announced, but we do know it will take place at a new venue, the former power station E-WERK Luckenwalde.

Block Universe’s 2019 curatorial theme explores the concept of internal and external ‘world-making’, looking at, they explain, “the diverse environments we create for ourselves to exist within, whether those be mental, physical or virtual spaces.”

The London programme will see performances from Ravioli Me Away with a brand new opera The View From Behind The Futuristic Rose Trellis (1 June); an afternoon of poetry readings at Whitechapel Gallery (18 May); Sophie Jung performing an adaption of her installation piece The Bigger Sleep – rehush (hush) (various dates); and Paul Maheke & Melika Ngombe Kolongo present Sènsa, a performance using African cosmology from the Bantu-Kongo (29 & 30 May).

The full line up can be found on the Block Universe website.