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 part-time in London. His work has moved through physical performance and autobiographical storytelling to a practice situated somewhere-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 social practice influenced by elements 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 artistic reseaech Institute of apass in Brussels 

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, deeper listening and collective DIY action.

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, The Theatre Laboratory of Manipur, Lost Dog Dance, Ron Bunzl (Amsterdam) and Gisella Rocha Cia (Zurich). He has acted as director and movement director for  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. recent roles include 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 works collaboratively across live art, theatre and community arts as a producer and production manager. Since co-founding UB with Leo in 2010, she has developed a creative approach to producing, working closely with artists to realise new performances, socially engaged projects and community based work.

Having managed UB for seven years and produced the work of performance maker Rachael Young for four (2015-19), she recently sidestepped to complete a masters in Applied Anthropology and Community Arts. This led her to work with community storytelling company - take stock exchange (TSX), where she now produces projects across London. It also encouraged her to develop a new community based LGBTQIA+ heritage project in South London, which after a Covid-19 related hiatus will be launching soon...

Whilst working closely with UB and TSX, Anna also production manages the MA Advanced Theatre Practice course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she supports students to develop innovative performance work. 

Who is UB _ Collaborators - past/present

unfinished business Unai Lopez Di Armentia
Unai Lopez de Armentia (2011-2015)
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 (2013-16)
Collaborating Artist
Baba Israel (2013-16)
Collaborating Artist
unfinished business sam campbell
Sam Campbell
Artist, Designer and DJ
Remi Stewart
Nao Nagai (2015)

UB _ Links

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