Monday, September 17, 2018

“Weave” Open Rehearsals

Community Events & Programs, Master Classes & Workshops

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


FREE | Open to the public

Refreshments will be served

To RSVP, call 651.282.3115 or click “Get Tickets” to reserve your spot online.

Free parking available. For directions, visit:

Featured image: Weave performers Sam Aros Mitchell, Valerie Oliveiro, Zoë Klein, and George Stamos by Douglas Beasley Photography. Design by Marne Zafar.


Do you want to see vibrant dance being created, woven with sound that you can feel in your body?

Minneapolis-based Native feminist contemporary dance choreographer, Rosy Simas (Seneca), wants you to become part of the creation of her new dance work, Weave!

At our open rehearsals, you are welcomed into the space of creativity with Native and other diverse artists from across Turtle Island who are collaborating with Simas.

During the open rehearsal you will see dance being created and artists discussing with each other parts of the creation process. The last 20 minutes of open rehearsals are reserved for discussion with you.

Ask questions about how the team works together, how the project came about, and how the sound, visuals, and movement are created and orchestrated.

Maybe you are wondering: What role do arts and artists play in Native and diverse movements and communities? How do Native and diverse groups of people work together to form one big artistic project? What happens when we recognize and center the vision and creative leadership of Native women?

Our open rehearsals are part of a larger collaborative artistic residency, and a series of community engagement events, including movement workshops, conversations, and community gatherings.

Come talk with us, in the studio, and over refreshments. We look forward to meeting you!


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!.

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



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The Ivy Arts Building is accessible. To request ASL interpretation or other accommodations, please include requests in your reservation by September 10.


Photo of Weave performer Zoë Klein by Douglas Beasley Photography.


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.