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While writing and dancing are thought to originate from opposite sides of the brain, these three veterans of the dance world bridge that gap, discovering new ways to bring words and movement together. United on the same stage to explore these forms, Perron, former editor of Dance Magazine , will read from her new book, Through the Eyes of a Dancer ; Forti, known internationally as a pioneer of postmodern dance, will perform one of her trademark “News Animations;” and dancers Alexx Schilling, Willy Souly and percussionist Joe Westerlund will perform choreographer Vic Marks’ new duet, “Solar Duplex.”

Wendy Perron

Wendy Perron

Wendy Perron, author of Through the Eyes of a Dancer, had a 30-year career as a dancer/choreographer, teacher, and writer. She danced with Trisha Brown in the 1970s and choreographed more than 40 works for her own company. She has taught dance at Bennington, Princeton, and NYU. The former editor in chief of Dance Magazine, Wendy has also written for The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Contact Quarterly.

Victoria Marks

Victoria Marks

Victoria Marks’ work migrates between choreo-portraits for individuals who don’t identify as dancers– and dances for and with dancers who fuel Marks’ inquiries into movement. Her work continuously returns to questions surrounding the representation of ability. Marks has been designing “Action Conversations,” dances for groups of people who would not normally be in a room together. A Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow, and an Alpert Award winner, Marks has received numerous other grants and fellowships, and teaches dance at UCLA.

Simone Forti

Simone Forti

Simone Forti is a dancer, choreographer, artist and writer. In the spring of 1961 she presented a full evening of Dance Constructions, influential in both the dance and the art world. Forti’s continuing explorations, including studies of animal movements and the dynamics of circling, have manifested as drawings and holograms as well as in performance with musicians Charlemagne Palestine and Peter Van Riper. Forti’s engagement with movement and language includes her News Animations which are improvisations in movement and spoken word, as well as in books including Handbook in Motion and Oh, Tongue. Forti’s works are included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, and The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Forti is an adjunct professor at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures.

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