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 has been honored by the Native community with a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowship (2013), a First Peoples Fund Fellowship (2016), and residencies at the Banff Centre Indigenous Arts Program, All My Relations Arts, Full Circle's Talking Stick Festival, and Institute of American Indian Arts' Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

Simas is a Guggenheim (2015) and McKnight (2016) Choreography Fellow. Her work is supported nationally by the Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge; New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project, MAP Fund, and National Performance Network Creation Fund.

Her solo, “We Wait In The Darkness” has been presented at venues such as: ODC; Dance Place; Maui Arts & Cultural Center; MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels); The Autry; The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago; SUNY Fredonia; the Living Ritual Festival in Toronto, and in DANSEM Festival in Marseille, Fr.