Seeking performers for a work by artist Alexis Blake to be shown in the British Museum.

Alexis Blake,Conditions of an Ideal, 2015. Work-in-progress. Phase One – Performance. Photo Samantha Klein.

Visual artist and Delfina resident Alexis Blake, is looking for former or current paraplegic athletes for her new performance, Conditions of an Ideal, which will be presented at the British Museum in the Parthenon Gallery on 3 June 2016. There will also be a short film made from the performance. The athletes do not need any former dance training or performance experience.

Alexis will work with a group of women with various body knowledges, ages, histories and abilities to question historical representations of the idealised female body. Referencing Diana Watts and Dora Menzler’s contributions to the women’s physical culture movement of the early 20th Century, which drew inspiration from Greek philosophy, ideals and sculpture, this choreographic work will explore notions of national collective identity vs personal expression through form, (a)symmetry and balance in movement.

The performance will be developed out of a workshop and rehearsals with the group by using the archival material and a series of tasks/exercises that Alexis will implement.

This work has been commissioned by Block Universe Festival and Delfina Foundation.


  • The performance will be developed out of a workshop and rehearsals.
  • There will be up to 10 rehearsal days in London, between May 19 – June 2 (exact dates TBC).
  • The performance will take place on 3 June 2016.
  • Salary: Project fee


To apply please register interest by sending your CV, current photo and any video link you may have to Xica Aires at, (subject line: Alexis Blake Dancers)

Deadline: 17 of May 2016