Rosy Simas: We Wait In The Darkness [NYC Premiere]
Saturday January 13, 4:00pm
Sunday, January 14, 7:00pm
Monday, January 15, 8:30pm
Run Time: 55 minutes
The spirits of the dead are not bound to the same laws of space time and dimensions of this universe that we are. Seneca beliefs and stories of relationship with our ancestors have always told us this. Once a year we dance for our ancestors, we feed them, we sing for them, and we pray for them.
The Seneca people are matrilineal. Their identity, clan, and inheritance travels from mother to child. The knowing of these ties is an essential part of belonging for all Haudenosaunee people.
We Wait In The Darkness is a ritual of action, storytelling, and images to heal the DNA scars of Simas’ grandmother and their ancestors. Engaging past and future, memory, and the invisible, the work tells a legacy of stories traversing losses, family, perseverance, and home. Set in a visual and auditory environment evoking Seneca lands, every performance generates more truth and healing for the scars in Simas’ lineage, and in all of us.
We Wait In The Darkness was created with support from 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 additionally supported in part by First Peoples Fund and the Ford Foundation through grant from the FPF Our Nations Spaces Program. 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.