October 6, 2021
Executive & Artistic Director Sandra Laronde participated in a forum on “Building the Narrative of Toronto” for the City of Toronto and Destination Toronto. This forum focused on what the narrative of Toronto is, and how we make Toronto a better city.
October 2, 2021
After a performance of Trace at Dance Place in Washington, DC, a Q&A session was held with Red Sky Performance Executive & Artistic Director Sandra Laronde, Dance Place Artistic Director Christopher K. Morgan, musician Rick Sacks, and dancers Connor Mitton and Jessica Mak.
September 30, 2021
Red Sky Performance, in collaboration with Dance Place (Washington, DC) held a conversation and masterclass at City Dance Center in Maryland. The conversation with Red Sky’s Executive & Artistic Director, Sandra Laronde, was followed by a masterclass for approximately 40 diverse dance students led by Red Sky dancers.
September 27, 2021
A 60-minute virtual workshop on Truth & Reconciliation designed for educators was held with Carlie Chase of Nawaska Consulting and Cobblestone Collective. The workshop explored ways that educators can support Indigenous students and honour Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing in the classroom. Click here to see the recording of that lesson.
September 28, 2021
Executive & Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was interviewed by Kathryn Maguet, Executive Director of Bucknell University’s Weis Center for the Performing Arts, before that evening’s performance of Trace in Lewisburg, PA.
September 23-24, 2021
Red Sky presented masterclasses led by Red Sky dancer Lindsay Harpham at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.
September 20-21, 2021
Red Sky dancers presented a masterclass for high school students at the State University of New York (SUNY) on Sept. 20 in Oswego, New York, on Onondaga Territory. The next day, Red Sky’s Executive & Artistic Director, Sandra Laronde, was a guest lecturer at SUNY, speaking with approximately 100 students during their Intro to Native American Studies class.
September 17, 2021
Atlantic Ballet/Ballet Atlantique offered a unique opportunity to experience Indigenous culture through a stunning performance of Trace at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton, NB. On September 17, 2021 Trace was performed live on stage and streamed live online. This one-of-a-kind event by Atlantic Ballet was offered as part of their work leading up to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.
Red Sky Executive & Artistic Director, Sandra Laronde, did a Q&A prior to the performance.
September 10, 2021
Red Sky Performance was on Snake Island (part of the Toronto Islands) working with Bell Media on a special augmented-reality video project. The video features traditional hoop dancer Ascension Harjo and drum group Young Tribe performing on the shores of Toronto’s inner harbour, with the city skyline serving as a stark backdrop.
The video was shot with a 360-degree camera and will be experienced via VR goggles at a Virtual Reality conference produced by Bell, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in a stunning outdoor performance of Indigenous dance and music.
July 14, 2021
The 2021 Collingwood Summer Music Festival celebrated the creativity and fire of Indigenous artistic expression with a combined virtual/drive-in showcase featuring Red Sky Performance. The event featured poetry readings by Duke Redbird, flute playing by Jason Chamakese, traditional dance by Ascension Harjo, Jennifer Martin and Adrian Harjo, a screening of “The Water Walker” documentary about Autumn Peltier, and time-lapse photography of the Saugeen First Nation.