November & December 2017
Skin(s) shares the beauty and diversity of how Native people identify and examines the contradictions, pride, joy, pain, and sorrow that arise out of our many dimensions of identity.
Skin(s) is a dance work, a visual arts exhibit, a film, and a web media project.
Skin(s) is a continually evolving project in which community and audience inform how Skin(s) takes shape from one city to another. From 2016 through 2017 Skin(s) is being developed in three regions: the Twin Cities, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Chicago metropolitan area.
The Skin(s) dance explores what we hold, reveal, and perceive through our skin. The dance is housed within a paper environment with a surround sound score and moving images. To create Skin(s) director Rosy Simas (Seneca) is joined by her main collaborator French composer François Richomme, Ojibwe poet Heid E. Erdrich, lighting designer Valerie Oliverio, and performers Holo Lue Choy and Lela Pierce. Simas has created moving images from her travels to urban and rural Native communities. These moving images also feature the cinematography of Ojibwe filmmaker Elizabeth Day whose work is also featured in the Skin(s) exhibit.
The Skin(s) exhibit features artworks by artists who express multi-dimensional Native American, Native Hawaiian, Native Alaskan and other Indigenous identities. Paintings, prints, sculptures, and films suggest answers to the question “Where are you from?”
The Skin(s) film by Elizabeth Day and Heid E. Erdrich celebrates urban Native identity – post relocation in Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area and the Twin Cities. The film will premiere in the Skin(s) exhibit at intermedia.
The Skin(s) media project is an ever evolving website dedicated to visually demonstrate the diversity of Native identity throughout Turtle Island. This dedicated website will launch October 1st, 2016.
Skin(s) is a National Presenters Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Intermedia Arts in partnership with La Peña Cultural Center, Eastside Arts Alliance, Rosy Simas Danse, and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).
Rosy Simas is a 2015 Guggenheim Creative Arts Fellowship. Simas is also a fiscal year 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Skin(s) is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a Minnesota State legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Rosy Simas Danse is a recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project Touring Award, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.