ROSY SIMAS DANSE
she who lives on the road to war
Thursday, Mar 21 2024, 7:30 PM
The MACC will be collecting donations for the Maui Food Bank during this event. We ask that our patrons bring non-perishable items for those impacted by the wildfires. Donation bins will be located near the MACC's main entry gates.
“Amidst the fire’s illumination, dancers act as vessels for their internal sensations, mapping ancestral experiences and cultural practices in the body. Jigonhsasee’s journey toward peace lives on in the blood cells of her descendants — represented by the dancers, both Native and non-Native, who move with synaptic specificity — blood coursing, and neurons moving through the cells as imagery and metaphor translated in the body. They shake in a frenzied sadness, and find solace and rest through meditative movement.” – Sheila Regan, Hyperallergic (November 15, 2022)
Rosy Simas Danse (RSD) was founded by Native choreographer and transdisciplinary artist Rosy Simas in 2012 with a primary commitment to create and present innovative, transdisciplinary Native contemporary art that connects artists and audiences. With strong ties to Native communities and local and national dance communities, RSD uniquely bridges disciplines and cultures. On stages, outdoors, and in museums, RSD creates resonant work in collaboration with artists and community members. These efforts make visible the work of Native artists nationally and internationally, shifting the global view of how Native people are seen, demonstrating that Native artists are contemporary, groundbreaking artists bringing critical Indigenous worldviews to all arts fields.
In 2019, Rosy Simas Danse performed Weave at MACC. On this return engagement to Maui, the company will perform she who lives on the road to war, an evening length dance performance created by choreographer Rosy Simas with her longtime collaborator, composer François Richomme, in response to global loss and the collective need to come together in peace and reconciliation. The project takes its title from the name of a Haudenosaunee historical figure, Jigonhsasee, whose wisdom and vision helped Hiawatha and the Peacemaker bring the Nations together as the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. In the work, Simas considers rest, refuge, grieving, condoling, and cultivating a deep attention as a way of being together.
she who lives on the road to war performances at MACC will include local dancers from Maui.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
This project was supported by the National Performance Network (NPN) Artist Engagement Fund.
The presentation of Rosy Simas Danse was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Foundation and the Mellon Foundation.