Performance 2: Simone Forti
March 7–8, 2009
Special Exhibitions Gallery, second floor
Part of the Performance Exhibition Series
Both artists have been deeply influenced by Anna Halprin's revolutionary technique of improvisation, which freed the dancer's body from the rigid fragmentation and artificiality of choreographed movement. The choreographic works, performed in the Museum's galleries, were conceived in the context of the legendary Judson Dance Theatre in New York in the 1960s. They favor the pedestrian over the virtuosic, the everyday over the dramatic, and welcome chance as a creative factor.
Simone Forti's dance constructions of 1961 are based on improvisation and chance. In Huddle, dancers gather in a tightly packed group, then take turns climbing over the mass, forming a living sculpture that moves through the gallery. Platforms is a dance construction and duet in which performers lie under wooden platforms and communicate by whistling. In Accompaniment for La Monte's "2 sounds" and La Monte's "2 sounds," a twelve-minute recording by Minimalist composer La Monte Young plays as a dancer stands in a large loop of rope suspended from the ceiling; a second person turns the dancer around and around until the rope is completely wound up, and then releases. The piece ends when the recording stops.
The Performance Exhibition Series is made possible by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.