Solo No. 1
Simone Forti

Salt Beyoğlu

July 8 – July 13, 2014

Still from Solo No. 1 (1974) Courtesy Simone Forti <i>Solo No. 1</i> (1974) videosundan bir kare
Simone Forti’nin izniyle
Still from Solo No. 1 (1974)
Courtesy Simone Forti

Tues - Sat 17.00-20.00; Sun 14.00-18.00
SALT Beyoğlu, Walk-in Cinema

Simone Forti
Solo No. 1, 1974
Duration: 18’40”
Black and white, silent

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 (1974) serves as an engaging document of Forti’s dedicated study of natural movement.

Simone Forti is a dancer/choreographer/artist/writer. She began dancing in 1955 with pioneer of dance improvisation, Anna Halprin. In 1960 Forti studied John Cage oriented composition at the Merce Cunningham Studio with musician/musicologist Robert Dunn. In the spring of 1961 she presented a full evening of Dance Constructions, innovative pieces that were influential to the formation of the Judson Dance Theater, which revolutionized dance in New York in the 1960s and 1970s. Since the early 1980s Forti has been performing News Animations, spontaneously weaving together movement and spoken words, with a focus on world news.