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A Shared Evening of Dance with Rosy Simas Danse and Deborah Jinza Thayer’s Movement Architecture
Rosy Simas – We Wait In The Darkness
Deborah Jinza Thayer – All Hail the Queen
Tuesday, May 24. 7:30pm
Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College
320 3rd Street East, Northfield, MN 55057
Rosy Simas Danse and Deborah Jinza Thayer’s Movement Architecture unite in a shared evening of dance questioning identity, culture, and the feminine. Simas and Thayer have a long history of directing, presenting and performing in each other’s work. This evening marks the end of a 14-city tour of Simas’ We Wait in the Darkness and the emergence of Thayer’s All Hail the Queen, a work-in-progress. Their work explores emotionally charged subject matter—Thayer through humor and Simas with intense, patient movement and atmosphere.
Deborah Jinza Thayer shares a work-in-progress performance All Hail the Queen which celebrates the Vagina and humorously pushes against a phallic-centered packaging of the female experience. Both sung and danced, this commentary uses the ammunition provided by the culture and rams it into a nutribullet. This re-imagined blend collaborates with visual artist Amelia Biewald and is performed by Non Edwards, Missa Kes, Christine Maginnis, Kerry Parker, Sharon Picasso, Taylor Shevey, and Taja Will. Lyrics by Melissa Birch.
Rosy Simas performs her critically acclaimed and award-winning solo We Wait In The Darkness, a performance work of displacement and homecoming fueled by the stories of the Seneca women of Simas’ family. We Wait In The Darkness is performed within an environment of film, a paper set, and an original surround sound music composition performed by French contemporary music composer French François Richomme.
After spending the first six years in Japan and Southeast Asia, Deborah Jinza Thayer grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University and received an MFA in Dance at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, she has created over 60 original works and presents her work as Movement Architecture which explores movement in structured environments. The work strives to create altered metaphorical spaces which request an embodied reflection of both our internal and external worlds.
Jinza Thayer received the McKnight Fellowship for Choreography in 2004 and a SAGE Award for Choreographic Concept and Design in 2010. She has received support from the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Composers Forum, and Jerome Foundation, among others. She maintains a one-on-one movement training practice in St. Paul and currently teaches somatics, technique and composition at Zenon Dance Company and School in Minneapolis.
Rosy Simas (Seneca) is a Minneapolis based performer working primarily as a choreographer. Her approach to dance making is multi-faceted: She designs immersive containers for performance using sound, textiles, film, and paper. Simas’ dance work investigates how culture, history, home, and identity are stored in the body and can be expressed in movement. She has created work speaking to a wide range of subject matter – from the Iraq war to her grandmother’s American Indian boarding school experience.
Simas received a 2013 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Dance Fellowship and awards from the TIWAHE Foundation, the First People’s Fund, and residencies at the Indigenous Arts Program at Banff Centre; IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts; the Oneida Arts Program, and the Talking Stick Festival. We Wait In The Darkness toured North America with support from the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Skin(s), a dance work that brings together presenting organizations with community and Native artists, was commissioned by presenters in Minneapolis, Berkeley, and Oakland and will tour to Chicago and Duluth.
Simas’ new work is supported by a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2015 National Presenters Network Creation Fund, and a 2016 NEFA National Dance Project Touring Award. In 2016, Simas will creat dances for students at Northwestern University, St. Paul Conservatory of the Arts, and the University of Minnesota while co-curating with the Ordway – Oyate Okotakiciyapi – a series of Native contemporary dance events in the Twin Cities in March 2017.