The Dance Program is thrilled to welcome transdisciplinary artist Rosy Simas as our 2021-22 Artist in Residence. Simas’ Carleton residency includes a new work (performed during the Fall Concert) for Semaphore Repertory Dance Company, teaching (Dance Improvisation and a unit in Reading the Dancing Body: Topics in Dance History fall term), independent scholarship and research, and a winter term campus talk.
Simas is claimed by the Heron Clan of the Seneca Nation. Simas grew up and lives in Mni Sota Makoce — unceded Dakota territory. She is carried through her life and work by the many generations of family who were and are Seneca, Stockbridge-Munsee, Oneida, Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga, Neutral, and of European descent. This extensive knowledge of her family and lineage is the underpinning of her relationship to culture and history — stored in her body — which is expressed through her work — of moving people, moving image, and moving objects that she makes for stage and installation.
Simas is a recipient of fellowships from Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF), Dance/USA, McKnight Foundation for Choreography, Guggenheim Creative Arts, First People Fund, and a Joyce Award from The Joyce Foundation.
Stay tuned for more details about Rosy’s winter term talk!