Simone Forti, Solo No. 1, 1974
Simone Forti
Solo No. 1

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 Halprin, and the legendary Judson Dance Theater that revolutionized modern dance in New York at a historical moment of dialogue between artists, musicians, poets and dancers. From her early minimalist dance-constructions, through her animal movement studies, land portraits and news animations, Forti has had a seminal influence on her field. For the past two decades she has been developing ‘Logomotion,’ an improvisational 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 dedicated study of natural movement.

Courtesy Video Data Bank, Chicago

Document media
Video, b&w, sound, 19:00 min

Issue date

Yvonne Rainer (RAI 1)

dance/choreography, human/non-human animals, repetition/seriality