Simone Forti b. 1935
Duration: 11 minutes
Performed at The 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
In Huddle (1961), a group of six to seven dancers gather to form a human sculpture. While making a grid by holding each other tight and having their feet planted solidly on the ground, at a point a dancer separates from the crowd seemingly making the sculpture tighten further as a response, and starts climbing the huddle. The dancers, one after the other, climb over the packed group at a steady pace, thus creating an organic sculpture of moving bodies. Huddle is working with the giving and taking of weight, and the simple carrying of each other. Born in Italy, Simone Forti moved to the USA at a young age and is considered one of the core postmodern American choreographers working with basic everyday gestures and rough, or almost non-directions for the involved dancers.