We Wait in the Darkness

July 9-12, 2014

Rosy Simas

Presented in an otherworldly environment of paper, film, maps and sound, We Wait In The Darkness is a movement journey of displacement and homecoming fueled by the stories of the Seneca women of Simas’ family, particularly her grandmother. 

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Created by
Rosy Simas

Artistic Collaborators
Composer François Richomme.
Production Manager Steven Carlino
Lighting Designer Karin Olsen
Film by Rosy Simas with contributions by Douglas Beasley

Photo by JB Gelle

Rosy Simas is a contemporary choreographer based in Minneapolis. Her work addresses how ancestry, homeland, culture, and history are stored in the body and can be expressed through dance. Simas is Seneca. Her family is originally from the Cornplanter tract of the Allegany reservation in New York. Over the past 20 years, she has created more than 40 original works which have been presented throughout Minneapolis/St. Paul. Her work has also been presented in Montréal, Vancouver, California, Wisconsin and New York. In 2013 she was awarded a Native Arts and Culture Foundation Dance Fellowship.

François Richomme is a musician, sound engineer and sound designer trained in contemporary dance, Richomme creates the scores of numerous world class choreographic productions. His work investigates mainly the question of sound considered as a space, movements of sounds using multiple speakers installations and explores how the body, dance and choreography can become a source language defining musical structure in composition.

Steven Carlino is a NYC-based artist, writer, performer. He has worked with the late Magnificent Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Music Ensemble, the NYC theater collective Mabou Mines, and for ten years as the Production Manager  with the Paul Taylor Dance Company.


"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. "We Wait In The Darkness" is also supported in part by First Peoples Fund and the Ford Foundation through grant from the FPF Our Nations Spaces Program. Rosy Simas is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. This activity 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. 2013 Creations of Rosy Simas Danse are supported by a fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. "We Wait In The Darkness" is made possible by over 110 individual donors through Hatchfund and