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photo by JB Gelle

photo by JB Gelle

We Wait In The Darkness

Local choreographer and dancer Rosy Simas will be in residence at the All My Relations Gallery June 15th through July 13th, 2014.  Rosy Simas Danse and All My Relations Arts are pleased to present We Wait In The Darkness, an art installation and series of performances and presentations inspired by the lives of the Seneca women of Simas’ family.

A journey of displacement and homecoming, We Wait In The Darkness is presented in an otherworldly environment of paper, film, maps, artifacts and sound, created in collaboration with composer François Richomme.
For 23 years, Rosy Simas has been an independent dance artist working in Minneapolis. Her contemporary choreography has explored a dizzying range of topics, from the Iraq war to Celtic poetry to quantum theory.  Now she has turned her attention to her own family — her Seneca identity, and the tragic history and living presence of Native Americans today. This important new work, supported by national grants from NEFA National Dance Project, the American Composers Forum, The First Peoples Fund, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and Minnesota State Legacy funds, includes an installation and series of events at All My Relations Art Gallery in Minneapolis.

Schedule of Events

Opening reception Thursday, June 19th

5:00-6:30pm:  Panel discussion on contemporary Native performance with Simas, Marcie Rendon, Heid E. Erdrich and Rhiana Yazzie.

6:30-8:00pm:  Social gathering

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Artist in gallery: Saturdays 12-6pm, Fridays and Sundays 11:30am-3:00pm

10-minute dance performances: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays at 12pm & 2pm

(No performance June 20th at 12:00pm)

Negotiating Presence: Contemporary Indigenous Choreography, June 20th 12:00-1:00pm: Discussion with Jacqueline Shea Murphy (University of California Riverside).

Kinzua Dam Tragedy and the Treaty of 1794, June 28th 1:00pm: Discussion with Laura Waterman Wittstock (Seneca).

Closing Reception, Sunday July 13th, 12noon-2:00pm

Come join Rosy and friends to close out her residency and art/dance project at All My Relations Gallery!

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All My Relations is wheelchair accessible. The discussions on the 19th, 20th and 28th will be ASL interpreted (no special request required).

We Wait In The Darkness is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable _Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. AND is underwritten by the American Composers Forum‘s Live Music for Dance Minnesota _program in partnership with NewMusicUSA, with funds provided by the McKnight Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. We Wait In The Darkness is _supported in part by First Peoples Fund and the Ford Foundation through grant from the FPF Our Nations Spaces Program. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This project has been supported by over 110 supporters via Hatchfund & GIVEMN.org

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