Weave Engagement

Ordway presents Rosy Simas Danse, in collaboration with The O’Shaughnessy

Weave, an Ordway co-commission, will premiere on January 12, 2019 during our Music & Movement Series.


About Weave

Weave is a dance project drawn from the interwoven and interdependent nature of our world. In Weave, individual and embodied stories are the vibrant threads that mesh in a performance woven of story, dance, moving image, and quadrophonic sound.

The Weave team brings together an international gathering of Native, feminist, queer, transgender, and people of color artists, working together through the creative leadership, vision, and direction of Seneca choreographer, Rosy Simas.

Featured photo of Weave performers Sam Mitchell, Valerie Oliveiro, Zoë Klein, and George Stamos at the O’Shaughnessy June 2018 by Douglas Beasley Photography.


About Rosy Simas and Rosy Simas Danse

Rosy Simas 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, France.

The primary commitment of Rosy Simas Danse is to create and present innovative interdisciplinary performance that connects artists and audiences.

For more information on Rosy Simas Danse visit: rosysimas.com


Weave Community Engagement

In the months leading up to the performance, and the months after, Rosy Simas Danse, the Ordway and O’Shaughnessy will be hosting an exciting list of community engagement events for Native and general audiences, all free and open to the public.

Everyone is welcome at these free events. Native community members are strongly encouraged to attend. We hope all will gain from being woven up in this exciting new project!.

Learn more about upcoming Weave community engagement events, please see the listing below!

Photo of Weave performer Zoë Klein by Douglas Beasley Photography. Design by Marne Zafar.

Major support for Weave provided by

Weave is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project and The MAP Fund, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The world premiere of Weave is funded in part by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge, a community-wide contest funding ideas that engage and enrich Saint Paul through the arts. Major support for Weave is from the Joyce Awards, a program of the Joyce Foundation.

Weave is a National Performance Network/Visual Artist Network (NPN/VAN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, The Alabama Dance Council, Dance Place, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, and PA’I Arts & Culture Center.

Weave is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Upcoming Weave Community Engagement Events