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Native artist Rosy Simas pulls various threads to build a bold new dance work, 'Weave'

An ambitious dance work premiering Saturday in St. Paul is "an invitation to true inclusiveness."


January 11, 2019

Photos by DAVID JOLES •

Dancer Leslie Parker during a dress rehearsal for "Weave," Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

Rosy Simas' dance pieces don't tell a story. They have no obvious narrative arc. But they are built with stories.

Stories of her grandmother, stories steeped in her Seneca history. For her newest creation, "Weave," the acclaimed Native American choreographer had her diverse cast of performers dig into their own histories, unearthing movements that Simas then wove together with images and sound. It was tough, taxing work.


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