SIMONE FORTIis a dancer, artist and writer based in Los Angeles. Her early “Dance Constructions” were influential in the reinventing of dance that took placein New York in the 1960s and 70s. Over the years Forti has developed movementvocabularies based on studies of animals’ movements, of the dynamics of circling, and of the synergy between moving and speaking as in her improvisational “News Animations”. Forti has performed internationally at venues including the Louvre Museum in Paris, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which also features some of her work in its permanent collection. Forti’s book Handbook in Motion was published in 1974 by the Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her book Oh, Tongue was edited and published by Fred Dewey for Beyond Baroque Books, in 2003. Forti’s book, The Bear in The Mirror, was published jointly by Koenig Books, London & Vleeshal, Middelburg in 2018. In 2011 Forti received the Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts. She is represented by The Box LA Gallery.