“The whole structure of plank and performers rests on one point. Any change in the arrangement of body parts, the slightest change of position by either performer, affects the balance of the entire setup.” — Simone Forti
The use of plywood props as in See-Saw (1961) and Slant Board (1961), can be seen as an attempt to renegotiate the traditional horizontal stage and its relationship to the body, challenging the very “preconceptions about what constitutes dance, movement, and composition.”(1)
In 2015 I was commissioned to restage Simone Forti’s See Saw for the exhibition Objects and Bodies at Rest and in Motion at Moderna Museet, and one of my first questions was how to consider the plywood prop and its relationship to the exhibition space and the other artworks in the exhibition, or how to make it speak when not in use?
1. Virginia B. Spivey, “The Minimal Presence of Simone Forti” in Women’s Art Journal, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2009) p. 7
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