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Date(s) - Mar 18

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Simone Forti is a dancer, choreographer, artist and writer based in Los Angeles. In Paris to lead a masterclass at the Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, she participated in a special edition of the seminar cycle established by Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Something You Should Know. In conversation with art historian and critic Elisabeth Lebovici, the evening reflected on contemporary art’s influence on rapid globalization, the representation of political landscapes, collective projects, new forms of activism, and much more.

A seminar organized by Patricia Falguières, Elisabeth Lebovici and Natasa Petresin-Bachelez (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales / Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme) in partnership with CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn.

A proposition by Lénio Kaklea in the framework of an events series ordered by CDC to the company to make different generations of choregraphers meet together. Lénio Kaklea is in residency at CDC for the season 14/15. Space is limited, reservation advised…

Simone Forti
Simone Forti began dancing in 1955 with Anna Halprin, who was doing pioneering work in the teaching and performing of dance improvisation After four years of workshop study and performance apprenticeship at Halprin’s outdoor studio in the San Francisco Bay area, 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 scores of John Cage.

From her early minimalist dance/constructions through her animal studies, news animations and land portraits, Forti has worked with an eye towards creating idioms for exploring natural forms and behaviors. Over the past fifteen years Forti has been developing Logomotion, an improvisational dance/narrative form wherein movement and words spring spontaneously from a common source.
Her book Handbook In Motion was published in 1974 by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and she writes regularly for the Contact Quarterly Dance Journal and the Movement Research Performance Journal. Over the years, Forti has received various grants including six NEA fellowships, the Dance Theater Workshop “Bessie” New York Dance & Performance award for sustained achievement, the Guggenheim Fellowship (2005) and the Yoko Ono Lennon Award for Courage in the Arts in 2011.

Forti has been a visiting assistant professor in the World Arts and Cultures Department at UCLA and has been teaching and performing worldwide, most recently at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, at MOMA New York, at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid et at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. During the summer 2014, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg presented the first international retrospective in motion of Simone Forti.

Something You Should Know
Something You Should Know is a seminar cycle created in 2006 by Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Elisabeth Lebovici, Patricia Falguières and Natasa Petresin-Bachelez at EHESS, which brings together contemporary artists and intellectuals. “Something you should know: Artistes et producteurs” is supported by Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte ( Programs and upcoming events :

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