Simone Forti’s engagement with the animal has been manifold and choreographically multi-layered: while her piece Sleep Walkers (aka Zoo Mantras) emphasizes the sculptural quality of the animal-in-motion, her later work Striding Crawling is based on improvisation.
Having introduced the French dancer Claire Filmon to her approach to improvisation, the two have performed the piece as a duet. Prior to each performance, the dancers prepare through the practice of intense animal observation in the zoo or in nature. Corresponding to the work’s title, a circling striding and crawling will recall the animal movements explored, so that they are placed into continuously newly emerging choreographic combinations.
At first I was just looking at how the different variations of body structure lead to different ways of moving. I gradually became aware that every time, at some point during the day, I would catch sight of an animal doing a dance. . . . And though perhaps it wasn’t dancing as people do it, it shared the same ancient roots. (Simone Forti)
TIERFORME/L/N PROGRAMME OF THE DAY - SEPTEMBER 30
18.30 OPEN LAB | Free admission
20.30 Simone Forti ZOO MANTRAS (AKA SLEEPWALKERS) +
STRIDING CRAWLING (double bill)
CHOREOGRAPHY, ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE Simone Forti DANCE Claire Filmon MUSIC Peter van Riper LIGHT Emese Csornai
Tierforme/l/n is sponsored by TANZFONDS ERBE – an initiative of Kulturstiftung des Bundes.
PHOTO © Mark Woodworth