ABOUT RED SKY PERFORMANCE

At the forefront of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide.

ABOUT RED SKY

Red Sky Performance is a leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide.

Our mission is to create inspiring experiences of contemporary Indigenous arts and culture that transform society. We drive our passion forward and elevate Indigenous arts and culture in ways that celebrate, uplift, and respect Indigenous cultures.

Now in our 20th year of performance (dance, theatre, music and media), Red Sky’s work highlights the originality and power of contemporary performance, enabling new creations to expand the breadth and scope of Indigenous-made work in Canada.

The vision of Red Sky Performance derives from its creator Sandra Laronde (Misko Kizhigoo Migizii Kwe) which means “Red Sky Eagle Woman” in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway) language from the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water). Her vision is dedicated to expanding and elevating the ecology of contemporary performance informed by Indigenous worldview and culture.

Laronde’s concept of performance explores the relationship between movement, live music, theatricality, and image. Her engagement in these disciplines involves collaborations with dancers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, actors, writers, designers, researchers, and culture keepers are integral to Red Sky Performance’s distinct productions.

We provide many opportunities to emerging and established artists as they hone their artistic practice through a collaborative Indigenous process, offering unique opportunities for these practitioners to thrive creatively and professionally.

Touring since 2003, we have delivered over 2,755 performances across Canada including international performances in 17 countries on four continents, including two Cultural Olympiads (Beijing and Vancouver), World Expo in Shanghai, Venice Biennale, and Jacob’s Pillow, among others. At the same time, we remain deeply rooted and invested on a grassroots level and regularly perform in urban, rural, and reserve communities across Turtle Island.

We are the recipient of 16 Dora Mavor Moore awards and nominations, two Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, three International Youth Drama Awards from Shenzhen, China, and the Smithsonian Expressive Award, among other recognitions.

More than Dance, we are a Movement.

 

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AWARDS

 

2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination for Outstanding Production for Trace

2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography for Trace

2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Sound Design & Composition for Trace

2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination for Outstanding Lighting for Trace

2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer for Backbone

2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination for Outstanding Score & Sound Design for Backbone

2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design for Backbone

2018 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation for Miigis

2017 Shenzhen (China) Youth Drama Month Awards (3 Awards) for Best Script, Director, and Props Design for Mistatim

2016 Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Outstanding Production of Mistatim

2014 Premier's Award for Excellence nomination

2014 Vital Ideas: Toronto Community Foundation

2012 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination for The Great Mountain

2011 Smithsonian Institute's Expressive Arts Award

2010 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Tono

2010 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (2 awards) for Tono

2008 Hohhot International Arts Award (China) for Tono

2007 Paula Award for Red Sky's family programming

2006 Dora Mavor Moore Nomination for Shimmer

2004 Dora Mavor Moore Nomination for Dancing Americas

BOARD MEMBERS

WISDOM & CULTURE KEEPERS

Don Kavanaugh (Anishinaabe)

Amos Key Jr (Onkwehonweh)

Pauline Shirt (Cree)

BOARD MEMBERS

HONOURARY NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tomson Highway, O.C. (Cree)

Zacharias Kunuk, O.C. (Inuk)

Veronica Tennant, C.C.

HONOURARY INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jock Soto (Navajo)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Hillary Thatcher, Chair (Metis)

Amos Key Jr, Vice-Chair (Onkwehonweh)

Aron Fitzgerald (Treasurer)

Karen Tisch

Don Kavanaugh (Anishinaabe)

Elisa Levi (Anishinaabe)

Sandra Laronde (Anishinaabe)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL LANDS

Red Sky Performance acknowledges our creative home on the sacred and traditional territories of the Anishinabek, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat. We recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous people, and that Toronto (Tkaronto) - which means “where there are trees standing in the water” - continues to be home to many Indigenous nations.

Red Sky supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and is committed to fostering the strength and diversity of Indigenous art forms, practices, and cultural expression.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
What inspired Sandra Laronde to create Red Sky Performance?

“I wanted to create a company that was exciting, inventive, and fresh that aligns itself with the future,” says founder Sandra Laronde. Much of Sandra’s inspiration comes from the beautiful and vast land and culture where she is from. Sandra’s vision for Red Sky Performance, in her words, is “to elevate and expand contemporary Indigenous performance and to make a significant contribution to the artistic and cultural vibrancy of Canada and the world.”

 

Where did Red Sky Performance get its name?

“Red Sky” are the first two words of our founder Sandra Laronde’s spirit name.

 

How do I donate to Red Sky?

There are four ways to support Red Sky. You can donate by phone, email, mail and by online payment. To learn how to donate to Red Sky, please visit:

http://www.redskyperformance.com/index.php/donate/

Yes, all contributions will receive a charitable receipt.

 

Can we take pictures during Red Sky performances?

There are no photos, audio or video recording allowed prior to, during, or after Red Sky performances. Authorized photos require previously written permission from the company and the venue in which they are taken.

 

What is Red Sky’s most successful performance in terms of attendance?

In 2008, Red Sky toured Tono to China and Inner Mongolia. After a director saw one of our performances at the cultural programming of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, we were then asked to perform as part of the Closing Ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The performance was held at the prestigious Great Hall of the People’s Republic of Beijing, a venue which can seat up to 16,000 people. Tono was also performed in Toronto, Montreal, Banff, Calgary, Vancouver, and Whitehorse. It’s international life continued at the State Theatre of Ballet & Opera in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, World Expo in Shanghai, Minzu University, Hohhot School of Song & Dance, and the Shanghai International Arts Festival. An excerpt of Tono also opened the Indspire Awards on national television. Tono has had an exceptionally big life. It was one of the most thrilling projects that Red Sky has ever done.

 

How many performers are involved in Red Sky’s shows?

The number of performers range from 3 to 24 depending on the project. Red Sky does have core performers who work with our productions on a continual basis, but the size of our cast varies based on artistic vision and scope of our project.

 

I’m an artist and am interested in working with Red Sky, how can this be made possible?

Red Sky posts job listings on job search databases, and websites such as Work in Culture, Toronto Jobs, and Canadian Actor’s Equity Association. However, if you are interested in working with Red Sky, please forward all inquiries to info@redskyperformance.com.

 

Where is Red Sky located?

Red Sky Performance, 401 Richmond St. West, Suite 420, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3A8, Canada

We are located on southeast corner of Spadina and Richmond Street West.

 

Where does Red Sky usually perform?

We perform in Toronto, in every single province and territory of Canada, and around the world. We’ve been fortunate to tour to 17 countries and counting. Our biggest love is to tour right here in Canada. We should mention that we’ve performed at major world stages such at the Venice Biennale (Italy), Jacob’s Pillow (USA), Shanghai International Arts Festival (China), Roy Thomson Hall (Toronto), and two Cultural Olympiads (Beijing and Vancouver). At the same time, we perform on a grassroots level and regularly perform in urban, rural and reserve communities across Turtle Island (Canada and the USA).

 

Where can I purchase tickets to the show?

Ticket Information is found on our What's On page.

 

Do you do workshops on tour?

Red Sky offers lively and inclusive workshops that introduce children, youth, and adults to the world of theatre, dance, music and voice. Each 60 - 80 minute workshop is attuned and responsive to the interests of the participants. Our interactive workshops get people on their feet and having fun with movement, voice, and music while introducing elements of First Nations culture.

 

Is the entire company Indigenous?

Red Sky is an Indigenous-led company with Indigenous people at its core, although we work with people from all backgrounds on various projects.

 

How many employees are there at Red Sky’s office?

We have 4 full-time staff members and 2 part-time staff.

 

Can you recommend any films, books, plays, articles, documentaries and other resources?

At Red Sky, we have often been asked to provide resources for people to learn more about Indigenous arts and culture in Canada. This is our response to those requests. Our list is ever-evolving and we will continue to build and refine it.