HIGH LINE ART PERFORMANCE: SIMONE FORTI, HUDDLE

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Thursday, May 24, 2012, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
On the High Line in various locations

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High Line Art, presented by Friends of the High Line, is pleased to announce that Simone Forti will re-stage Huddle, an iconic performance featuring intimate clusters of dancers positioned in various locations along the High Line, on Thursday, May 24, 2012, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Huddle is part of HIGH LINE ART PERFORMANCES, a new series that transforms the park into an open-air theater with performances on and around the High Line.

Simone Forti is an experimental dancer who began her practice in the 1950s. She was inspired by Anna Halprin, the pioneer dancer who inaugurated the post-modern dance movement with the introduction of improvisation in choreography, and the Judson Dance Theater in New York, an important venue in the evolution of modern dance and a place of congregation for many artists, dancers, musicians, and poets. Forti was also involved in early performances with Robert Whitman and collaborated with Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, and La Monte Young, among others.

For HIGH LINE ART PERFORMANCES, Forti will reenact Huddle, an experimental dance originally performed in 1961. This minimalist composition features a small group of dancers embracing each other tightly to form a single structural entity. One by one, each performer takes turns momentarily releasing from the mass and climbing over the top of the group, while the rest must improvise to keep the huddle intact and to determine who will be next to break away. The dancers’ improvisational movements cause the huddle to move along the High Line, showing the elements of chance that are so fundamental to the work of Simone Forti. “Simone Forti is a legendary artist and dancer. She is part of a groundbreaking revolution that bridged dance and visual art in a creative and inspirational way,” said Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen Jr. Curator and Director of High Line Art. “I look forward to seeing her turn the High Line into an open-air stage for experimental dance.” Simone Fort’s Huddle is the third presentation of HIGH LINE ART PERFORMANCES, a series of open-air performances on and around the High Line. Huddle will follow Alison Knowles’ iconic event Make a Salad on April 22 and Channa Horwitz’s enigmatic Poem/Opera, The Divided Person on May 17.

About the Artist

Simone Forti was born in Florence, Italy in 1935. She now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She came of age as a dancer in the 1950s during her study with Anna Halperin in San Francisco. In 1959 she moved to New York, where she studied with Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. During this time she joined the Judson Church Dance Theater, and developed a series of happenings with her husband, Robert Whitman. Forti is also known for her musical collaborations in the 1960s and 1970s with La Monte Young and Yoko Ono. Forti has received the Lester Horton Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dance Recourse Center of Los Angeles, numerous fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California Los Angeles, and continues to perform and teach workshops around the world.

Support

This High Line Art Performance is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr., additional support from Vital Projects Fund, Inc. This program is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties.

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