Performance Poetries: Vahni Capildeo & Simone Forti

Vahni Capildeo and Simone Forti discuss the cultural histories of collaboration, instruction, translation and recording they adapt.

Vahni Capildeo is a writer and editor. Their work ranges from book-length poems to experiments with performance. Their work explores voices, landscapes and movement between languages, cultures and places.

Simone Forti is a dancer, artist and writer. Her work ranges from open choreographic systems to drawing. She uses improvisational techniques to explore everyday gestures, technologies and animality.

This event is the second in a four-part series that brings together two acclaimed practitioners from different backgrounds for artistic ‘blind dates’, where they discuss how their work combines a care for materiality with a desire to stretch language.

Chaired by Nick Thurston (Associate Professor in Fine Art, University of Leeds), the four events establish a series of new conversations.

Our guests come from across four generations and five continents. They work with many languages and almost as many disciplines, including installation art, dance, performance poetry, ceramics, textiles and digital literature. All events will feature solo presentations and live conversations held online. Extra reference resources for each guest and an evolving package of engagement activities for schools and families will be available to access on the project microsite.

Booking information

This live disussion will take place on Zoom.

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About Sculpture & Poetry

This event is part of the Sculpture & Poetry research season, six months of public and academic events featuring world-leading voices exploring the intersection of two of the world's oldest art forms.

It is hosted by the Henry Moore Institute, in partnership with the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds and Corridor8.

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Left: Portrait of Vahni Capildeo. Photo: Hayley Madden for the Poetry Society. Right: Simone Forti in 2014. Photo: Carol Peterson. Images courtesy of the artists.