What is UB

Unfinished Business is a long term collaboration between artist/director Leo Kay and artist/producer Anna Smith. We are London based, making live art and participatory performance across the UK and internationally, with an evolving team of collaborators.

Together we make interactive and intimate performances, carefully excavating autobiographical material and working with artists and non-artists to explore new collective spaces for dialogue, ritual and the creation of shared meaning. We want to question all sorts of hierarchies, explore alternative political structures, celebrate temporary communities and listen; making space for the unheard to be heard.

"Body, mind and spirit all well and truly nourished following one of the most generous cultural events I’ve ever experienced." Only Wolves and Lions

[ Porl Cooper ]

Who is UB _ Company


Leo Kay

Artistic Director

Short bio: Leo Kay is a performance maker based in the UK and Brussels. His work has moved through physical performance and autobiographical storytelling to a practice situated somewhere in-between a dialogue, an installation, and a workshop. Ritual, food, and fermentation have become tools for designing a deeper engagement with the critical issues of our times.

Longer bio: Leo Kay is an artist working as a performance maker, director, facilitator, mentor, and sometime performer. His work exists somewhere between live art, theatre and performance research, drawing on his history as a physical performer and embracing intimate audience address, interaction, site-specific investigation, autobiography and participatory practice influenced brides of ritual and relational aesthetics. His work explores authenticity, self-organization, and ways to bring into consideration our socio-political and ecological status quo.

Leo recently finished an intensive period of artistic research based at the Institute of apass in Brussels where he explored his autobiographical practice in relation to ideas surrounding the dismantling of patriarchal hierarchies, the pervasive echoes of colonial rule within art presentation and the impact current human conception of reality is having on physical, psychological and ecological well being.

He emerged from this period of research with a developed participatory practice entitled: The Bakery Of Slow ideas Taking from his previous works The Bakery Of Slow Ideas is a durational participatory art practice based on the grounded process of making sourdough bread. It is underscored with a political critique of the burnout society that we are engaged in performing and implicated in the sustaining of. The practice suggests a necessity to explore alternative modes of existence; to favor the act of group consideration and the slow emergence of conscious, ethical and responsible action over states of anxiety-driven hyper-productivity. Central to this practice are processes that explore dialogue, ritual, explorations of alternative perspectivism and deeper listening.

Previous freelance projects:
Leo has worked as a professional performer with a range of companies including Clod ensemble, The National Theatre of England, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Lost Dog Dance, Ron Bunzl (Amsterdam) and Gisella Rocha Cia (Zurich). He has acted as director and movement director for several projects and companies/organizations including The Birmingham Rep (Decypher collective), Don Letts Presents Speakers Corner (CMN), Roundhouse, Contact Theatre, Quarantine, Polarbear and Baba Israel (NYC). He has taught workshops and run outreach projects in a variety of context including: Taipei International Festival, the Kattaikkuttu Sangam Company of Kanchipuram (India), Au Brana Performance Research Institute (France), Vim Vanderkeybus and Ultima Vez (Brussels), Teatro Casto Alvez, Espaco Xi, Teatro Villa Velha (Salvador, Brazil), Contacting the World Festival Contact Theatre (Manchester). He also continues to act as a facilitator, artistic advisor and mentor for a range of both early career artists and established art companies. current work includes artist and Project advisor for Ice9 (Tromso Norway), Process facilitator for Block 9 (UK), Mentor for Shooter by 'Y?'(NYC), artist/collaborator with Eva Bakkeslett, process facilitator and collaborator with fine art duo KeelerTornero.

This website www.thisisunfinished.com, platforms both his solo projects and Unfinished Business, a long term creative collaboration with producer Anna Smith.

Anna Smith


Anna is an independent producer and collaborative artist. Since co-founding Unfinished Business with Leo in 2010, she has developed a creative approach to producing live art, experimental theatre and socially engaged projects, working closely with artists to support the development and presentation of challenging new performance work.

As well as co-running UB, Anna is currently producing the work of performance maker Rachael Young and excorsizing her inner aggression in THERESAMAYSMACKDOWN as a founding member of the wrestling noise band FEMME FERAL. She is also studying for a masters in Applied Anthropology and Community Arts at Goldsmiths College. 

Anna is interested in art that offers spaces for active engagement, deep reflection and visceral catharsis and intends to keep finding ways to nurture work that embraces dissonance and fights for change. 

Who is UB _ Collaborators

unfinished business Unai Lopez Di Armentia
Unai Lopez de Armentia
Performer and Deviser
unfinished business mestre carlao
Mestre Carl√£o
Musician and Capoeira Master
unfinished business pedro lima
Pedro Lima de Oliveira
unfinished business patrizia paolini
Patrizia Paolini
Performer and Deviser
unfinished business diane morgan
Diane Morgan
Lead Consultant
Yako 440
Collaborating Artist
Baba Israel
Collaborating Artist
unfinished business sam campbell
Sam Campbell
Artist, Designer and DJ
Remi Stewart
Nao Nagai

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