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FORTI, SIMONE

Simone Forti is a dancer/choreographer/artist/writer based in Los Angeles. In 1955 she began dancing with Anna Halprin who was doing pioneering work in dance improvisation. After studying and performing with Halprin in the San Francisco Bay Area for four years, Forti moved to New York where she studied composition at the Merce Cunningham Studio with educator/musicologist Robert Dunn, who was introducing his students to the work of John Cage. There she met and began working informally with choreographers including Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, and Steve Paxton. Forti's 1961 concert "Five Dance Constructions" and "Some Other Things" proved to be influential in both the dance world and the art world. Over the years Forti returned to improvisation, including extensive collaborations with musicians Charlemagne Palestine and Peter Van Riper. Since the early 1980s she has been practicing a form wherein movement and words spontaneously weave together. Taking the news as her subject matter, she calls these improvised performances News Animations. Forti's publications include Handbook in Motion, published by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and Oh, Tongue, edited and published by Fred Dewey for Beyond Baroque Books. Forti is represented by The Box LA Gallery.