July 9th-12th. Wed-Fri at 8pm, Sat at 2pm & 8pm
General Admission $16, Students/Seniors $12 &
Saturday 2pm: show Pay-As-Able
Red Eye is wheelchair accessible. The Friday evening show and post-performance discussion will be ASL interpreted. Audio description and large print format programs available with a one week request.
Tickets will be available through the Red Eye Box Office
"We Wait In The Darkness" is a journey of displacement and homecoming fueled by the stories of the Seneca women of Simas’ family, particularly her Akso:d (grandmother) Clarinda Waterman. It is presented in an otherworldly environment of paper, film, maps, artifacts and sound, created in collaboration with French composer François Richomme.
The passion for this new dance sprang from in-depth research of family oral history. After a year of traveling back and forth between Minneapolis and her home reservation in Cattaraugus, NY, Simas unraveled traumatic and powerful stories of her grandmother’s life and her grandmother's family.
Choreographed and Performed by: Rosy Simas
Special Guest Appearance: Laura Waterman Wittstock
Original Music Score Composed by: François Richomme
Production Management: Steven Carlino
Rehearsal Direction: Deborah Jinza Thayer
Lighting by: Karin Olsen (Minneapolis) & Richard Houle (Montréal) Set Design: Rosy Simas, Steven Carlino & François Richomme
Film by: Rosy Simas with contributions by Douglas Beasley.
Akso:d means grandmother. "We Wait In The Darkness" is created in memory of my grandmother, Clarinda (Jackson) Waterman (1901-1987).
"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 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.
"We Wait In The Darkness" is supported by residencies at MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) in Montréal, QC, University of California Riverside/Culver Center in Riverside, CA, All My Relations Gallery in Minneapolis, and The Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis, MN.
2013 projects of Rosy Simas Dance are supported by a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation dance fellowship.
This project has been supported by over 110 supporters via Hatchfund crowdfunding and GiveMN.org