Saturday, September 22, 2018

Movement Workshop with “Weave” performer Sam Mitchell (Yaqui)

Community Events & Programs, Master Classes & Workshops

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



FREE | Open to the public

Ages 10+ | All levels welcome

Space is limited. Advanced registration required. To RSVP, call 651.282.3115 or reserve your spot online.

Enter through the Travelers Artists’ Entrance on north side of building along 5th Street


Please join us for a movement workshop with Weave performer Sam Mitchell (Yaqui).

This workshop will incorporate aspects of Augusto Boal’s Games for Actors and Non-Actors, Min Tanaka’s Body Weather/MB training, and yoga. Each workshop is different, because each group of participants is different. Questions that we will explore may include: How can we thrive with change? What happens when we share a movement practice that allows for self-empowerment, agency, and empathy? How can we move past the construct of the mind/body split?


About Sam

Sam Aros Mitchell’s research focuses on the transformative work of First Nations and Native American dance and theatre artists, who continue to break boundaries, connect land to body, and bring Native communities to a place of healing. Sam is an enrolled member with the Texas Band of Yaqui Indians. He is currently in his fourth year of a PhD program at UC San Diego. Sam has an MFA in Dance Theatre from UC San Diego, and a BFA in dance from UC Santa Barbara. Sam has danced in contemporary dance companies, and has toured, both nationally and internationally for over 25 years. He continues to work, teach and learn, within his Yaqui community, with Native American and First Nations communities, and within the contemporary dance community. For more information on Sam visit:

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.


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:

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!.

To learn more about upcoming Weave community engagement events, please click on this link!


Wheelchair Accessibility Icon

The Ordway Center for Performing Arts is accessible. To request ASL interpretation or other accommodations, please include requests in your reservation by September 10. For more information about accessibility at the Ordway, visit:

Photos courtesy of Sam Mitchell.


Weave is being created in residencies at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts (Minneapolis), McKnight Fellowships Residency at MANCC (Tallahassee), The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University (St. Paul), and at the Ordway (St. Paul).

Rosy Simas Danse presents Weave as part of Ordway’s Music & Movement series on Saturday, January 12, 2019 7:30 PM at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets, call 651.224.4222 | TTY 651.282.3100 or visit


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.