Featured in Contemporary Art Review LA, MACP fellow Ikechukwu Casmir Onyewuenyi reviews the performance of "Sleep Walkers" by Simone Forti at ISCP
April 14, 2017
The Limits of Animality
by Ikechukwu Casmir Onyewuenyi
Simone Forti is in the midst of an august ascent. These past few years, the octogenarian L.A.-based dancer, choreographer, and writer has seen her stock soar, with the likes of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) formally acquiring, this past December, seven of Forti’s Minimalist Dance Constructions (1960-61). These task-based dance repertoires evidence Forti’s choreographic range that is every bit quotidian yet idiosyncratic, with ordinary gestures made notable, maybe even romantic, via entanglements with circumstance and chance. In making work that involves all this, Forti has fostered a sincere approach to dance that foregrounds the potential of the body as a laboring material always at odds with evolution. Animate one moment, inanimate the next, Forti highlights how bodies take on movements and manners that occupy an indeterminate space, between subject and object, human and animal...