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Rosy Simas

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Pamela Battey Mitchell Choreographer-in-Residence '21 - '22

Simas is our inaugural choreographer of the Pamela Battey Mitchell Residency in Contemporary Dance. This gift was established in January 2021 in honor of Hanya Holm and her pupil, the late Pamela Battey Mitchell '58 by her husband, Jere Mitchell. Pamela Mitchell was a student of Holm’s for two years with Colorado College’s Summer Dance Festival and was profoundly impacted by her time with Holm. Holm, a visiting artist at the college during the 1950s, was at the cutting edge of dance at her time and is considered one of the founders of modern dance. This gift allows the Department to create a visiting artist position to further the Dance Department's goal of decentering the curriculum and instruction in dance.

Rosy Simas is a transdisciplinary artist who historically has presented work as a choreographer. Simas is Haudenosaunee, Seneca, Heron Clan. "The culture, history, and identity stored in my body is the underpinning of all my artwork. Creating is a spiritual act for me, rooted in nature, formed through my link to my ancestors and the land of which we are made." Simas' projects merge decolonized physical movement with media, sound, and objects for stage and installation.

She unites cultural concepts and images with scientific and philosophical theories to create work that is literal, abstract, and metaphoric. Her work weaves themes of personal and collective identity with family, matriarchy, sovereignty, equality, and healing. She creates dance work with a team of Native artists and artists of color, driven by movement-vocabularies developed through deep listening.

Simas is a recipient of a Dance/USA Fellowship, Joyce Award from the Joyce Foundation, McKnight Fellowship for Choreography, Guggenheim Fellowship, First People Fund Fellowship, and a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowship. Her dance works have toured throughout North America with the support of NEFA's National Dance Project, MAP Fund, and National Performance Network.

She co-edited the first Native issue of the Movement Research Performance Journal 52/53. You can view her website here: https://www.rosysimas.com/

 


Eiko Otake

Dance - Movement

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Eiko has been teaching courses at Colorado College bi-annually since 2010. In 2021, Colorado College awarded Eiko an honorary degree for outstanding contributions in the field of dance. She is a Japanese choreographer/dancer who has lived in New York since 1976. Since 1972, when she abandoned her studies as a political science major, she and her partner Koma have collaborated as the performance team Eiko & Koma, creating and presenting a unique theater of movement in theaters, museums, festivals, and outdoor sites worldwide. Eiko & Koma have received many honors, including a 1996 MacArthur Fellowship, a 2004 American Dance Festival Scripps Award, and a 2006 Dance Magazine Award. Most recently, as an artist-in-residence at Wesleyan University in 2020, Eiko taught an interdisciplinary course combining the study of movement, postwar Japanese arts, and the atomic bombings. Eiko develops college courses that use movement study as means of inquiry along with readings and media studies and teaches regularly at Wesleyan University, New York University, in addition to Colorado College.Linked here is a video that a CC student Kate Montgomery created about Eiko's class, "Naked and Delicious: The State of Being" in 2011.Read more about Eiko at her website: https://www.eikootake.org/.


Kate Aronson

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Theatre

Kate Aronson has been a theater professional for over 25 years as an actor, director, producer, writer and teacher of theater. She taught acting, voice & speech, improvisation, and theater history for many years in the professional actors' training program at Point Park University. She has directed numerous plays in all genres of theater, from Greek comedy to Shakespeare to contemporary musicals. She has worked and studied with Robert Wilson, Cicely Berry, Meredith Monk, and Peter Brosius, among others, and has performed all over the U.S., in London and Bulgaria. She has written, designed & produced several solo theater pieces; she co-founded, performed & toured with Squonk Opera, an experimental performance group as well as founding, producing & performing in the annual Women's Work Festival in Pittsburgh for several years. She is also a musician and is currently in a local band called Burn the Maps.     

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