Rosy Simas photo by Tim Rummelhof for McKnight Fellowships (2016).

Rosy Simas photo by Tim Rummelhof for McKnight Fellowships (2016).

Rosy Simas

Rosy Simas (director/choreographer) is a Haudenosaunee (Seneca, Heron Clan) artist based in Minneapolis. Her choreographic work investigates how culture, history and identity are stored in the body and expressed in movement. For more than 20 years she has created work dealing with a wide range of political, social and cultural subject matter from a Native feminist perspective.

Simas’ choreographic works include Weave, Skin(s) and We Wait In The Darkness which have toured extensively throughout North America. Simas has been honored by the Native community with a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowship; a First Peoples Fund Fellowship; and residencies at the Banff Centre Indigenous Arts Program, All My Relations Arts, Full Circle’s Talking Stick Festival, and the Institute of American Indian Arts’ Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. She is the recipient of a Creative Arts Fellowship for Choreography from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, a McKnight Fellowship for Choreographers from the McKnight Foundation, and a Joyce Award from The Joyce Foundation.

Simas’s visual art work has been exhibited at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, Abrons Arts Center in New York City, Edge Center for the Arts in Big Fork, Gimaajii-Mino-Bimaadizimin in Duluth, Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston, and All My Relations Arts in Minneapolis. She recently co-edited the first Native issue of Movement Research Performance Journal. Up next for Simas is Skew Lines, an exhibit with collaborator, Heid E. Erdrich, at SooVAC gallery in Minneapolis in May 2019.