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.
The courtyard-like installation space invites festival participants to engage movement through shadow play and to join community artmaking activities related to Erdrich and Thunder’s installation of a willow hoop hung with cloth flags that represent the many Native nations with ties to the neighborhood. WEave: HERE installation activities are presented against a lit backdrop that reiterates and responds to the question: Where are you?
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.