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Weisman Art Museum (WAM) is pleased to present she who lives on the road to war by Rosy Simas Danse in the Weisman’s Target Studio for Creative Collaboration gallery from September 10, 2022 – February 5, 2023. The project includes a new installation and in-gallery performances throughout the fall of 2022.

she who lives on the road to war is an immersive installation and dance performance created by Rosy Simas in response to global loss and the collective need to come together in peace and reconciliation. It is both a physical space for rest and refuge, and a performative work of Native futurities that imagines a world of relational balance with nature and with each other.

This new work takes its title from the Haudenosaunee historical figure Jigonhsasee, who encouraged war between tribes before becoming an instrument of peace. Jigonhsasee’s wisdom and vision helped Hiawatha and the Peacemaker bring the Nations together as the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. 

Their artist statement reads: “Audiences are invited to gather, rest, grieve, condole with one another, and to consider how we can all work towards reconciliation during the dual pandemics of systematic racism and COVID-19.”

she who lives on the road to war will have a dual premiere at WAM and in the heart of the Twin Cities’ Native community, at All My Relations Arts. After its performance run in Minneapolis, the work will tour to Gibney in New York City, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, and other cities. 


Performers Jessika (L) and Erin (R) hold string in their hands as they dance

Jessika Enoh Akpaka (L) and Erin Drummond (R) in she who lives on the road to war. Photo: Valerie Oliveiro, courtesy of Rosy Simas Danse.


Project Collaborators

Director: Rosy Simas

Composer: François Richomme

Lighting Designer: Heidi Eckwall

Performers: Jessika Enoh Akpaka, Lelis Brito, Erin Drummond, Sam Johnson, Sam Aros Mitchell, Valerie Oliveiro, Pedra Pepa, Sharon Picasso, Lela Pierce, Rosy Simas, Judee Shui Xian, Jeffrey Wells, Taja Will

Production Manager/Community Engagement Coordinator: Sequoia Hauck

Studio/Production Assistant: Atim Opoka

Photograph by Tim Rummelhoff, Courtesy McKnight Fellowships for Choreographers

Rosy Simas, Haudenosaunee (Seneca, Heron Clan), is a choreographer and film and visual artist based in Minneapolis. Her work investigates how culture, history and identity are stored in the body and expressed in movement. For more than twenty years she has created work that addresses a wide range of political, social and cultural subjects from a Native feminist perspective. She has received support from Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, First Peoples Fund, Guggenheim Foundation and McKnight Foundation, and she is a Dance USA Fellow as well as a Joyce Awardee. 


Image credit (top): Installation view she who lives on the road to war, 2022. Photo: Rosy Simas, courtesy of Rosy Simas Danse.

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Ticketing Update, 10/24/22: Advance registration is now at capacity for the remaining Weisman performance dates. You can email Susannah Schouweiler, susannah@umn.edu, to be added to the waitlist. If you registered to attend, but can no longer make it, please contact us to cancel your reservation to open up a spot for someone else. Rush seating is also available for each performance; just come to the performance you’d like to attend, and we’ll seat you if places are still available after registered attendees have been checked in. 

FREE, BUT RSVP REQUIRED; CAPACITY IS LIMITED to 20 guests per performance.

  • Premiere: Wednesday, September 21, 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 25, 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 28, 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 1, 2 p.m.
  • **Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 p.m.
  • **Saturday, December 3, 2 p.m.
  • **Sunday, December 4, 2 p.m.

**Indicates audio description is provided


All My Relations Arts Performances

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All My Relations Arts
1414 East Franklin Avenue | Minneapolis, MN
FREE, BUT RSVP IS REQUIRED. Register to attend a performance at All My Relations >>

  • Opening: Thursday, October 6 – reception at 6 p.m.; performance begins at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, October 7, 7 p.m.
  • **Saturday, October 8, 2 p.m.
  • **Monday, October 10, 3 p.m.
  • **Saturday, November 12, 6 p,m.
  • Sunday, November 13, 2 p.m.
  • **Saturday, November 19, 6 p.m.
  • **Sunday, November 20, 2 p.m.

**Indicates audio description is provided


 All My Relations ArtsAll My Relations Arts logo  honors and strengthens relationships between contemporary American Indian artists and the living influence of preceding generations, between artists and audiences of all ethnic backgrounds, and between art and the vitality of the American Indian Cultural Corridor.

NACDI logoNative American Community Development Institute (NACDI) amplifies and advances the Native American Community’s vision for a vibrant future. NACDI’s work is founded on the belief that all American Indian people have a place, purpose and a future strengthened by sustainable community development. NACDI initiates projects that benefit the Native community, often in partnership with other Indigenous-led organizations.

Initial research for she who lives on the road to war was supported by the Weisman Art Museum’s Target Studio for Creative Collaboration and the Pamela Beatty Mitchell Residency in Contemporary Dance at Colorado College Department of Theater and Dance. This presentation of she who lives on the road to war is made possible by a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation SHIFT award, The MAP Fund, and the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Mellon Foundation. Projects of Rosy Simas Danse are supported by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and the McKnight Foundation.