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Rosy Simas

Seneca Nation

“The culture, history, and identity stored in my body is the underpinning of all my work. Creating is a spiritual act for me, rooted in nature, formed through my link to my ancestors and the land of which we are made.”

Rosy Simas is the artistic director of Rosy Simas Danse. Her projects merge decolonized physical movement with media, sound, and objects for stage and installation. She unites cultural concepts and images with scientific and philosophical theories to create work that is literal, abstract, and metaphoric. Her work weaves themes of personal and collective identity with family, matriarchy, sovereignty, equality, and healing. She creates dance work with a team of Native artists and artists of color, driven by movement-vocabularies developed through deep listening.

The primary commitment of Rosy Simas Danse is to create and present innovative interdisciplinary Native contemporary art that connects artists and audiences. Their new studio is three thirty one (331) space, created in in response to the urgent need for creative and healing for and led by Native, Black, Indigenous and People of Color. It offered in-studio and online programming to unite and heal communities locally and nationally.