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 Simone Forti Lecture and Performance



Simone Forti is a dancer/choreographer based in Los Angeles. In 1955 she began dancing with Anna Halprin who was doing pioneering work in dance improvisation in the San Francisco Bay Area.  After four years of studying and performing with Halprin, Simone moved to New York City. There she studied composition at the Merce Cunningham Studio with musicologist/dance educator Robert Dunn who was introducing dancers to the work of composer/philosopher John Cage.  In these classes she met and began her association with choreographers including Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, and Steve Paxton. In the spring of 1961 she presented a full evening of what she called Dance-Constructions, at Yoko Ono’s loft studio. These pieces were seminal to the Judson Dance Theater that revolutionized dance in New York in the1960s and 70s.


In the 1970s Forti’s improvising was anchored in observations of animals’ movements, both for varieties of ways of moving, and for what she came to think of as the roots of dance behavior.  She has often performed in collaboration with musicians, including Charlemagne Palestine and Peter Van Riper.  In the early 1980s Forti started improvising speaking while moving.  Working with newspapers, she began performing News Animations, giving expression to images, memories and speculations sparked by the news media. Last March Forti did three performances of her News Animations at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


Forti has performed and taught throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and in Japan, Korea, Australia and Venezuela.  Her work has been shown in venues ranging from Danspace Project in New York, Seibu Theater in Tokyo, Galleria L’Attico in Rome, and REDCAT and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.  She has received various grants and awards including a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship in dance and a 2011 Yoko Ono Lennon Award for Courage in the Arts.

Sorry  the workshop is now full. But please see the info about the perfomance and lecture below.
Body Mind World Workshop Description ~

Do our words have access to what we know in our bones? In our daily lives, we spontaneously weave together body language and spoken words to help us understand and communicate. In this Body Mind World workshop we will cultivate this synergistic process to engage with subject matter that interests us.


The class will include warm-ups to awaken our kinetic juices, and focused stream of consciousness writing to put us in touch with our wild thoughts, questions and observations. We will improvise purely with movement, as well as in ways that help us develop a natural and intuitive flow between our moving and our speaking, with surprise and delight. By letting our body intelligence and our verbal mind interact, we will access a fuller view of our world, both personal and collective.


Simone Forti , lecture :


Simone Forti will trace the trajectory of her work & talk about her current   “logomotion“ improvisational moving & speaking.


Simone Forti ,  Performance :
                                            ~An Evening of News Animations ~

Improvising moving and speaking, patterns of language and body in motion play off each other sparking questions, silences, speculations and bursts of energy as personal experience interweaves with the flickering, fluid vision of the world brought to us by the news media.



                                                                         and Some Other Things Performance

with Participants of the Body Mind World Workshop



                                                                     Tickets :

                        Advance tickets highly recommended! seating is limited .



Friday October 4, 8pm
Tickets: $10  at

                         and at the door


Sunday October 6, 7:30 pm
Tickets $20  HERE at

                                    and at the door


We look forward to sharing this unique opportunity to experience one of our seminal dance teachers. 


Nóra Hajós​

The Ship Gallery                                                                     

2512 SE Gladstone Street                                                                     503 233 8720

Portland, OR 97202





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