Procession in Skin(s) by Rosy Simas
WEave: HERE is a movement, projection and image-based interactive art performance and installation.
Lead artist and choreographer Rosy Simas (Seneca) directs performers in sculptural costumes, highlighted by projection, as they move through the crowd in a procession along Franklin Avenue. The hour-long performance moves to an installation curated by Heid E. Erdrich (Ojibwe) and Jonathan Thunder (Ojibwe).
For Simas, this Northern Spark performance is an iteration of her ongoing project Weave, drawn from the interwoven and interdependent nature of our world.
Before and after the procession, artists at the courtyard-like installation space west of All My Relations gallery invite participants to engage movement with light and shadow. In the same area, participants can join in a word-based activity related to art that represents the many Native nations with ties to the neighborhood. WEaveHere activities are lead by performer Sam Mitchell, youth artist Hema Patel, and artists Heid E. Erdrich, Jonathan Thunder, and guest Andrea Carlson.
Rosy Simas (Seneca) investigates how culture, history and identity are stored and expressed through the body. Her work deals with a range of political, social and cultural subject matter from a Native feminist perspective. Simas is a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, First Peoples Fund, Guggenheim, McKnight, and Dance/USA fellow.
Heid E. Erdrich is a poet, writer and interdisciplinary artist. Heid edited the recent anthology New Poets of Native Nations. She is the author of six books of poetry and a non-fiction work Original Local. She is a faculty mentor for Augsburg University’s Low-residency MFA. Heid is Ojibwe, enrolled at Turtle Mountain.
Jonathan Thunder is a multidisciplinary artist who works in canvas painting, animation, filmmaking and 3D projection mapping. His work has been featured in many state, regional, and national exhibitions, as well as in local and international publications. Thunder has won several awards for his art/animation work on multiple projects.
Director: Rosy Simas
Performers: Judy Lue Choy, Erin Drummond, Sam Johnson, Pedro Pablo Lander, Valerie Oliveiro, Sharon Picasso, Rosy Simas, Jeffrey Wells, and Taja Will.
Music: François Richomme
Production: Christopher J. Fleming
WEave:HERE is a part of Rosy Simas’s Weave, presented in partnership with the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. 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. Weave is also 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.