- FORTI Simone, Grizzlies, Solo No.1, 63 Bluxome St., San Francisco, Ca. 1974. Videotapes
Performance presented for the series, South of the Slot.
Simone Forti (1935, Italy, USA) came of age in the 1950s and 1960s and developed out of two main influences: dance improvisation which she studied with Anna Alprin, and the legendary Judson Dance Theater that revolutionized modern dance in New York at a historical moment of dialogue between artist, musicians, poets and dancers. From her early minimalist dance-construction, through her animal movement studies, land portraits and new animations, Forti has had a seminal influence on her field. For the past two decades she has been developing ‘Logomotion,’ an improvisation dance/narrative form.
Adopting the movements of various animals Simone Forti begins the performance by walking hypnotically in circles. She falls to the floor and begins a cycle of walking and crawling that becomes an open metaphor for evolution and aging. Through the course of the performance, the camera follows Forti’s circling motion at increasingly close range, creating an interactive dance between camera and performer. While ‘rustic’ in respect to the quality of the video image and sound, Solo No.1 serves as an engaging document of Forti’s didicated study of natural movement.