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Skin(s) | Performance
Rosy Simas Danse and Intermedia Arts presents the WORLD PREMIERE of

Skin(s) shares the beauty and diversity of how Native people identify and examines the contradictions, pride, joy, pain, and sorrow that arise out of our many dimensions of identity.

Skin(s) is a dance work, a visual arts exhibit, a film, and a web media project. 

Skin(s) is a continually-evolving project in which community and audience inform how Skin(s) takes shape from one city to another. From 2016 through 2017, Skin(s) is being developed in three regions: the Twin Cities, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Chicago metropolitan area. 

The Skin(s) dance explores what we hold, reveal, and perceive through our skin. The dance is housed within a paper environment with a surround sound score and moving images. To create the Skin(s) dance production, director Rosy Simas is joined by her main collaborator French composer François Richomme, poet Heid E. Erdrich, lighting designer Valerie Oliveiro, and performers  Jessika Akpaka, Holo Lue Choy, Elizabeth Herrmann, Camille Horstmann, Daonna Lewis, Allison Martinez, Margaret Ogas, Sharon Picasso, Lela Pierce and Taja Will. Simas has created moving images from her travels to urban and rural Native communities. These moving images also feature the cinematography of filmmaker Elizabeth Day whose film Skin(s) is featured in the exhibit. 

The Skin(s) exhibition is a showcase of artworks by Minnesotans who express multi-dimensional identities from Dakota, Ojibwe, Ponca, Lakota, Navajo, and other indigenous nations. Featuring the work of Hilary Abe, Carolyn Lee Anderson, James Autio, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Elizabeth Day, Aza Erdrich, Marlena Myles, Jonathan Thunder, Maggie Thompson, Rory Wakemup, and Dyani White Hawk, Marne ZafarCurated by Heid E. Erdrich, these paintings, prints, sculptures, and films reveal the power and diversity of urban Native artists.

The Skin(s) film by Elizabeth Day and Heid E. Erdrich celebrates urban Native identity, post-relocation in Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area and the Twin Cities. The film will premiere in the Skin(s) exhibit at Intermedia Arts. For more information, visit: 

The Skin(s) media project is an ever-evolving website dedicated to visually demonstrating the diversity of Native identity throughout Turtle Island. The website will launch in October: http://www.skinskins.com

To find out more information about the Skin(s) project and Rosy Simas Danse please visit www.rosysimas.com


Pre-Show & Post-Show Reception
October 21 | Friday | 6:30PM
Join us before the performance to celebrate the opening of the new visual art exhibit Skin(s), featuring work by Carolyn Lee Anderson, James Autio, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Elizabeth Day, Aza Erdrich, Marlena Myles, Jonathan Thunder, Maggie Thompson, Rory Wakemup, Dyani White Hawk, and Marne Zafar, and curated by Heid E. Erdrich.

Post-Show Discussions
October 21, 22 & 23 | Friday-Sunday | Immediately following each 7:30PM performance
Join us after each evening performance for a discussion with the artists about Skin(s).


The presentation of Skin(s) was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Skin(s) is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Intermedia Arts in partnership with La Peña Cultural Center, Eastside Arts Alliance, Rosy Simas Danse, and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: www.npnweb.org.

Skin(s) is supported by a 2015 Guggenheim Creative Arts Fellowship for Choreography awarded to Rosy Simas. Simas is also a fiscal year 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Skin(s) is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a Minnesota State legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
François Richomme appears via a partnership with Association Artefactdanse, Montpellier, France.

Rosy Simas is a artist in residence working with the students at the University of Minnesota’s Dance Program through the Sage Cowles Land Grant. Some of these students appear in Skin(s).


A Part of Intermedia Arts' Catalyst Series