Simone Forti’s seminal performance piece Huddle, 1961, will be performed in Federation Court as part of MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art.
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 Huddle foreshadows 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 at The University of Melbourne three times between 11am and 12pm every Saturday during the exhibition.