MoMA at NGV | Huddle

See Simone Forti’s seminal performance piece “Huddle”, 1961, performed in Federation Court as part of MoMA at NGV tomorrow at 12.15pm: http://bit.ly/2Iafqf1Simone FortiAmerican, born Italy 1935“Huddle” 1961performance, 10 minThe Museum of Modern Art, New YorkCommittee on Media and Performance Art Funds, 2015© Simone FortiPerformed by Dance and Theatre students of Learning Partner The University of Melbourne.

Posted by National Gallery of Victoria on Thursday, June 21, 2018

 

Huddle | Simone Forti

Simone Forti’s seminal performance piece “Huddle”, 1961, performed in Federation Court as part of MoMA at the National Gallery of Victoria | August – October 2018

Forti was a key figure of New York’s 1960s Judson Dance Theater, and helped pioneer a new movement language that favoured the commonplace over the virtuosic. First performed in 1961 as part of a larger series of Dance Constructions in Yoko Ono’s downtown loft, Forti’s Huddleforeshadows the sense of presence and the relationship between viewer and artwork that would characterise Minimalist sculpture.

To form Huddle, performers gather into a tightly packed group, or ‘sculpture made of people’, as Forti has called it. One by one, without a predetermined sequence, each performer breaks away and climbs to the top of the huddle, and the remaining participants improvise a response to support each new weight.

This will be the first ever presentation of the piece in Australia, and will be performed by Dance and Theatre students from the Victorian College of the Arts

Simone Forti
American, born Italy 1935
“Huddle” 1961
performance, 10 min
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Committee on Media and Performance Art Funds, 2015
© Simone Forti
Performed by Dance and Theatre students of Learning Partner The University of Melbourne