Opening night reception for both the exhibit and performances
Friday Oct. 21st 2016 @ 6:30 PM-7:30 PM and continuing after the performance
October 13th: 7-9PM
October 15th: 1-4PM
October 16th: 1-4PM
These rehearsals are open to anyone interested in observing the creative process. You can drop in anytime during these open hours. You do not need to sign up. We are unsure at this time if we will be able to open a dialogue with anyone who comes to observe. But more information about that will be posted closer to October 10th.
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 Oliveiro, and performers Jessika Akpaka, Holo Lue Choy, Elizabeth Herrmann, Camille Horstmann, Daonna Lewis, Allison Martinez, Margaret Ogas, Sharon Picasso, Lela Pierce and Taja Will. 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.
Skin(s) is an exhibition of artworks by Minnesotans who express multi-dimensional identities from Dakota, Ojibwe, Ponca, Lakota, Navajo, and other indigenous nations. Featuring the work of Hilary Abe, Carolyn Lee Anderson, James Autio, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Elizabeth Day, Aza Erdrich, Marlena Myles, Jonathan Thunder, Maggie Thompson, Rory Wakemup, Dyani White Hawk, and Marne Zafar, the exhibit is curated by Heid E. Erdrich. These paintings, prints, sculptures, and films suggest the diversity of urban Native artists.
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 November 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 has been presenting dance, facilitating the dance work of others, and offering dance instruction in the Twin Cities since 1992. The primary commitment of Rosy Simas Danse is to create and present innovative interdisciplinary performance that connects artists and audiences.
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