Simone Forti (b. 1935, Italy) lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent performances include “Simone Forti: King’s Fool,” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); “Platform 2012: Judson Now,” at Danspace Project, New York (2012); and “New Animation Improvisations” at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2012), among many others. She came of age as a dancer in the 1950s during her study with Anna Halperin in San Francisco. In 1959 she moved to New York, where she studied with Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. Forti is considered one of several key figures in the minimalist dance movement. During this time she joined the Judson Church Dance Theater, and developed a series of happenings with her husband, Robert Whitman. Forti is also known for her musical collaborations in the 1960s and 1970s with La Monte Young and Yoko Ono. Forti has received the Lester Horton Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dance Recourse Center of Los Angeles, numerous fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California Los Angeles, and continues to perform and teach workshops around the world.