Grantee: Rosy Simas
Rosy Simas has been choreographing and teaching dance for more than 18 years. Her work incorporates her extensive dance training in contemporary and traditional forms of Native American dance, and includes ballet, Butoh and improvisational techniques.
Rosy Simas explores a broad base of thematic elements – war, Native identity, and she delves into experimentations in film and mixed media. She values involvement in community as essential to living and art making. Since 1992, she has been committed to creating opportunities for other dance makers and artists to present their work.
Her choreography has been presented nationwide, including at venues in Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York and California. Organizations that have recognized her work with awards and grants, include: the Minnesota Women’s Fund, MRAC Next Step, the Minnesota Dance Alliance, COMPAS, MSAB, Jerome/Intermedia Arts, the Loft Literary Center, and Momentum at the Walker Art Center.
With the support of NACF, over 375 audience members from New York, California, Minnesota and Canada were able to attend Simas’ performances and workshops. The award allowed Simas to present her solo performance “Blood Lines” in Vancouver, Montréal, New York and Riverside, California. The financial support of the fellowship allowed her to research and develop two new dance works that premiered in February 2014 in Montréal, a solo “We Wait In The Darkness” and a duet “Seems You Have To Play Indian To Be Indian.” Tours included movement workshops for youth, adults, elders and dancers.
We Wait In The Darkness
June 19-July 13. 2014
All My Relations Arts
1414 East Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis