Weave for home, Seneca Nation, NY
August 1, 2018
Seneca Nation Cultural Center
Weave honors the interwoven and interdependent nature of our world. Individual histories are woven into a performance that envelops the audience in an immersive experience of story, dance, moving image, and sound.
For many Indigenous peoples, waeaving is a way of life, an individual and communal act in which cultural stories and tribal knowledge are conveyed. Stories within cultural materials seem invisible, intangible, until they are made and shared. Weave crafts our stories though Simas’ embodied lens as a Native feminist movement and image-maker.
This iteration of Weave will be performed by: Zoë Klein, Sam Mitchell, and Rosy Simas.
Weave Creative Team: Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, writer; Heid E. Erdrich, writer; Zoë Klein, performer; Sam Mitchell, performer; Valerie Oliveiro, performer; François Richomme, composer; Rosy Simas, choreographer; George Stamos, performer, and Pramila Vasudevan, dramaturg.
Weave is being created in residencies at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts (Minneapolis), MANCC (Tallahassee), O’Shaughnessy (St. Paul), The Ordway Cetner for the Performing Arts (St. Paul).
The world premiere of Weave is presented in St. Paul at The Ordway in partnership with O’Shaughnessy> Additional site-specific iterations of Weave will be created for Allegany Seneca Territory (Seneca National Cultural Center), Birmingham (The Alabama Dance Council), Washington D.C. (Dance Place), Maui (Maui Arts & Cultural Center), Oahu (PA’I Foundation), and Philadelphia (Intercultural Journeys).
Weave is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. AND Weave is also funded in part by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge, a community-wide contest funding ideas that engage and enrich Saint Paul through the arts.
Rosy Simas is a fiscal year 2018 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Weave is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
photo by Simas