Simone Forti – An Evening of Dance Constructions

Director: Simone Forti
Studio: ArtPix Notebooks (2009)

Runtime: 88 minutes
Language: English
Format: DVD, NTSC, Region 0 (All)
UPC: 880198098696

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In the spring of 1961 Simone Forti presented a program titled Five Dance Constructions and Some Other Things in a concert series organized by her friend, composer La Monte Young, at the New York loft studio of Yoko Ono. These radically new dances created circumstances for the performers’ direct, non-stylistic actions. Each of the pieces was performed in a different place in the loft, with the audience moving from location to location to view them. Some of the pieces required elementary structures – a hanging rope, rectangular wooden boxes – which were placed throughout the loft like a sculptural installation.

In 2004 the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles invited Forti to re-create these dance constructions at the Geffen Contemporary space, in conjunction with the exhibition A Minimalist Future Art as Object 1958 – 1986. This DVD documents that evening and includes Huddle, Slant Board, Platforms, See Saw, Roller Boxes and Accompaniment for La Monte’s 2 sounds and La Monte’s 2 sounds. The soundtrack of La Monte Young’s 2 Sounds has been re-mastered and the composer’s notes accompany the video. In addition, there is a question and answer session with Forti at the conclusion of the performances.