Photo: Douglas Beasley

Rosy Simas

Rosy Simas (enrolled member of the Seneca Nation) is a dance and transdisciplinary artist who creates work for stage and installation. Simas’ work weaves themes of personal and collective identity with family, sovereignty, equality, and healing. Simas creates dance work with a team of Native artists and artists of color, driven by movement-vocabularies developed through deep listening. Simas’ dance works include Weave, Skin(s) and We Wait In The Darkness, which have toured throughout Turtle Island. Simas’ installations have been exhibited at the Seneca Iroquois National Museum, Colorado College, All My Relations Arts, and Soo Visual Art Center.

Simas is a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Choreography Fellow, Guggenheim Creative Arts Fellow, McKnight Foundation Choreography Fellow, Dance/USA Fellow, USA Doris Duke Fellow, a recipient of a Joyce Award from The Joyce Foundation, a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation SHIFT award, as well as multiple awards from NEFA National Dance Project, the MAP Fund, and NPN. Simas's new work, she who lives on the road to war, will premiere in 2022 at All My Relations Arts and the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration in the Weisman Art Museum, both in Minneapolis, and will tour Turtle Island in 2023-2025. Simas is the Artistic Director of Rosy Simas Danse and three thirty one space, a creative studio for Native and BIPOC artists in Minneapolis.


MELT Faculty,

AoCC Curated Artists, Spring 2022 [email protected],

Studies Project Participant

Past Classes & Events

Movement Research at the Judson Church - AoCC Curation by Maria Hupfield

May 23, 2022

(POSTPONED) Movement Research at the Judson Church

January 03, 2022

[Virtual] Rest and Refuge

Jan 3 – Jan 7, 2022

[In-person] Rest and Refuge

January 03, 2022

[Virtual] MELT – Rest + Refuge: Movement Practice

Jan 4 – Jan 8, 2021

Studies Project: Appropriate Citations

April 11, 2017