Rosy Simas

Rosy Simas, photo by Imranda Ward

Rosy Simas (Seneca, Heron Clan) is a transdisciplinary and dance artist who has historically presented her work as a choreographer.

Simas’ projects merge movement with media, sound, and objects for stage and installation. She unites cultural concepts and images with scientific and philosophical theories to create work that is literal, abstract, and metaphoric. Her work weaves themes of personal and collective identity with family, sovereignty, equality, and healing. She creates dance work with a team of Native artists and artists of color, driven by movement-vocabularies developed through deep listening.

Simas is a recipient of a Dance/USA Fellowship, Joyce Award from The Joyce Foundation, McKnight Fellowship for Choreography, Guggenheim Creative Arts Fellowship, First People Fund Fellowship, and a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowship.

Her dance works include Weave, Skin(s) and We Wait In The Darkness which have toured Turtle Island and France with the support of NEFA National Dance Project, MAP Fund, and National Performance Network.

Simas is currently in residence at Colorado College as the 2021 Inaugural Pamela Beatty Mitchell Artist in Residence in Contemporary Dance.

In 2021, Simas will present her transdisciplinary work-in-progress at the Weisman Art Museum and Hair & Nails Contemporary Art Gallery, both in Minneapolis.   

yödoishëndahgwa’geh (a place for rest) (video screening)

Rosy Simas (Seneca, Heron Clan) is a transdisciplinary and dance artist who has historically presented her work as a choreographer. She unites cultural concepts and images with scientific and philosophical theories to create work that is literal, abstract, and metaphoric. Her work weaves themes of personal and collective identity with family, sovereignty, equality, and healing. A video screening of Simas’s yödoishëndahgwa’geh (a place for rest) will be presented. This installation and performance work was created to heal seven generations of ancestors and seven generations yet to be born.