“Recent scientific study verifies what many Native people have always known, that traumatic events in our ancestors lives are in our bodies, blood and bones. These events leave molecular scars adhering to our DNA. Our grandmother’s tragic childhood can trigger depression or anxiety in us, but we have the ability to heal these DNA encodings and change that trait for future generations.
We Wait In The Darkness is an art/dance work to heal the DNA scars of Simas’ grandmother, her mother, and our ancestors.
Within in an environment of images and sounds from Seneca lands, this new dance work engages past and future, DNA memory, and invisible presences, to create a personal artwork about loss, family, perseverance, and home.
“The Seneca people are matrilineal. We get our identity, our clan, and our inheritance from our mother, her mother, and her mother’s mother. The knowing of these ties is an essential part of belonging for all Haudenosaunee people.” – Rosy Simas
US/Canada Tour 2014-2016
MAI (Montreal Arts Interculturels)
University of Riverside California Dance Department and the Culver Center
The Red Eye Theater, Minneapolis
All My Relations Arts, Minneapolis
SUNY Fredonia Dance and Theater Department, Fredonia, NY
Myrna Loy Center, Helena, MT
The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago
Maui Arts and Cultures Center
The Autry National Museum, Los Angeles
ODC Theater, San Francisco
American Indian Community Housing Organization & The University of Minnesota Duluth Dance and Theater Dept, MN
The Edge Center for the Arts, BigFork, MN
Carleton College, Northfield, MN
We Wait In The Darkness 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 is underwritten by the American Composers Forum‘s Live Music for Dance Minnesota program in partnership with NewMusicUSA, with funds provided by the McKnight Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This project has been supported by over 110 supporters via Hatchfund crowdfunding and GiveMN.org (a long list is coming soon).
In addition, individuals who contributed to this project through their scholarly advice, by providing housing, or participating in other ways are: Jim Simas, Laura Waterman Wittstock, Jack Erickson, John Waterman, Jr., Andrea Cooke, Berta Jones, and Becky Waterman.
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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