COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Red Sky facilitates workshops, company classes, lecture presentations and dialogue, and open rehearsals to enrich our communities.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Red Sky engages in both short and long term projects with communities. We offer arts development, educational outreach, mentoring and community development through workshops, company classes, lecture presentations and dialogue, open rehearsals, and behind-the-scenes to enrich our communities.

While on tour, we facilitate opportunities for communities to engage in dialogue on art and culture, and we offer lively Get on Your Feet workshops for children, youth and adults in dance, music, theatre and Indigenous culture.

COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

ARCHIVES

Year: 2017

REDTalk: Tanya Tagaq and Laakkuluuk Williamson Bathory

March 21, 2018

Sandra Laronde in conversation with Tanya Tagaq and Laakkuluuk Williamson Bathory look at the artists’ work through a lens of their Indigeneity, spanning Inuit culture from Canada to Greenland.

Berkeley Street Theatre, Toronto, Ontario

Mistatim Post-Show Talk Backs

November 27 – 28, 2017

The cast of Mistatim answered questions with the help of interpreters from audience members after two performances at the China Luoho International Youth Drama Festival.

Luohu Cultural Centre, Shenzhen, China

Getting On Your Feet: Movement Workshop

November 25 – 26, 2017

Facilitated by Red Sky Associate Artist Eddie Elliott, he delivered of a workshop based in both contemporary movement and traditional Maori dance forms/storytelling methodologies.

National Theatre School of Canada, Montreal, Quebec

Backbone Pre-Show Talk

November 17, 2017

Sandra Laronde was the invited speaker for a pre-show chat in the lobby of the Spatz Theatre.

Spatz Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Backbone Dress Rehearsal

November 17, 2017

Red Sky Performance held a very well-received dress rehearsal for 350 students at Citadel High.

Spatz Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Welcome Reception in Halifax

November 15, 2017

Live Art Dance hosted a welcome reception for Red Sky at the Bus Stop Theatre, which showcased local indigenous artists from the Halifax community.

Bus Stop Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Getting On Your Feet: Movement Workshop

November 15, 2017

Facilitated by Red Sky Associate Artist Eddie Elliott, this young Maori performer was both energizing and refreshing in his delivery of a workshop based in traditional Maori dance forms and traditional storytelling methodologies for Citadel High School students.

Citadel High School, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Panel: Indigenous Ways of Seeing and Making Art

November 15, 2017

Sandra Laronde led a round-table discussion attended by members of the local indigenous community, as well as professors and students, and members from the Halifax artistic community.

St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

REDTalk: Indigenous Ways of Knowing

November 10, 2017

Sandra Laronde hosted a REDTalk with Cowboy Smithx, Gerald McMaster, and Mark Phillips about Indigenous Ways of Knowing.

Berkeley Street Theatre, Toronto, Ontario

Backbone Post-Show Talk Back

November 9, 2017

Q&A with Sandra Laronde and dancers following the performance of Backbone.

Berkeley Street Theatre, Toronto, Ontario

Backbone Post-Show Talk Back

November 8, 2017

Q&A with Sandra Laronde and dancers following the performance of Backbone.

Berkeley Street Theatre, Toronto, Ontario

Backbone Preview Night

November 2, 2017

Indigenous community preview of Backbone at Canadian Stage’s Berkeley Street Theatre.

Berkeley Street Theatre, Toronto, Ontario

6 Degrees Conference

September 25 – 27, 2018: 6 Degrees Conference

Sandra Laronde and Eddie Elliott participated in this multi-faceted three-day conference hosted by Institute of Canadian Citizenship.

TELUS Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Ontario

Roundtable: Building Citizenship

September 15, 2017

On Common Ground Festival, Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto, Ontario

Sandra Laronde participated in a roundtable that included artists, scholars, and other public figures.

Miigis Post-show Talk Back

August 26, 2017

Sandra Laronde and the dancers answered questions from the audience following a performance of an excerpt from Miigis at the esteemed Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

Jacob’s Pillow, Beckett, Massachusetts

Celebrate Canada Day with Red Sky

July 1, 2017

Celebrate Canada Day with Red Sky’s Indigenous Dance-Off (Canada and New Zealand) at Greater Sudbury’s Biggest Family Friendly Celebration, followed by an interactive movement workshop for youth and families.

12:20 – 12:45 pm on the Main Stage
2:00 – 2:25 pm on the Snowflake Stage

Science North
Sudbury, Ontario
Free Admission

Canada Day Celebrations

July 1, 2017

Join us for a Mistatim: Bite-Sized and an outdoor experience at the City of Toronto and at Richmond Hill.
“The Orchid”, Mel Lastman Square in Toronto at 3:30 pm and 4:45 pm
Richmond Green
1300 Elgin Mills Road, Richmond Hill, Ontario
at 6:30 pm

Toronto and Richmond Hill, Ontario
Free Admission

Here in the 6ix: Celebrate Multiculturalism Day

June 27, 2017 at 7:00 am – 8:30 am

As part of Multicultural Day at the Harbourfront Centre, we will hold a sunrise ceremony with Elders and singers on the shore of Lake Ontario followed by a dance duet and live music performance in the pond. Not to be missed.

Natrel Pond
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
235 Queens Quay West
Free Admission

National Indigenous Day/ Indigenous Arts Festival @Fort York

June 21 - 25, 2017

As part of the Indigenous Arts Festival @Fort York, Red Sky will perform excerpts of Miigis music focused on The Great Lakes experience.

June 21 at 1:00 pm, Getting On Your Feet, an interactive movement workshop for all ages, Fort York Grounds
June 22 at 1:00 pm, Music for the Great Lakes, Fort York Grounds
June 22 at 5:30 pm, Music for the Great Lakes, Fort York Grounds
June 23 at 1:00 pm, Music for the Great Lakes, Fort York Grounds
June 25 at 2:30 pm, Getting On Your Feet, an interactive movement workshops in the Blue Barracks, Fort York

Fort York, Toronto

Governor-General Canadian Leadership Conference

June 15, 2017

As an alumna of the Governor-General Canadian Leadership Conference, Executive & Artistic Director Sandra Laronde will lead a Roundtable on the topic of Arts and Culture in Canada. The GGCLC brings together Canada’s emerging leaders from business, labour, government, NGOs, education and the cultural sector for a unique two-week experience aimed at broadening their perspectives on work, leadership, their communities and their country.

ASSITEJ World Congress in South Africa

May 16 – 24, 2017

Sandra Laronde is an Official Delegate and speaker at the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. She is part of a Canadian Delegation on behalf of Canada Council for the Arts who will attend The World Congress of ASSITEJ that takes place once every three years and comprises a Festival, a Conference and a World Congress.

Cape Town, South Africa

Toronto Arts Foundation

May 3, 2017 | 6:00 pm

Executive & Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was nominated for the Margo Bindhardt and Rita Davies Award for demonstrated creative cultural leadership in the development of arts and culture in Toronto.

Spoke Club, Toronto

Red Sky opens TEDxRyersonU

February 11, 2017 | 10:30 am

Red Sky’s artistic director Sandra Laronde and special guest Rosary Spence open TEDxRyersonU to Ryerson University's community members from different faculties and industries, including 200 faculty, staff, and students.

Glenn Gould Studio at CBC, Toronto

Conversation with the University of Illinois

February 10, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:50 pm

Red Sky's associate artist Carlos Rivera along with artists Samantha Brown, Dustin Luck, and Sarah Barton met with faculty and students in University of Illinois' Theatre Program. Designers, props and costume makers, stage managers, and other production students gained insight into Red Sky's experience on the road, the logistics of touring, our creative process, and our company.

University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois

Our Country, Our Conversation: A Verity Speaker Series Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

January 25, 2017 | 6:00 p.m.

The first stage of the journey of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is now complete. After 6 years of consultations, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada completed its final report in June of 2015. With that were 94 calls to action. But the journey of Truth and Reconciliation is far from over. The urgent need for reconciliation runs deep in Canada.

Expanding public dialogue and action on reconciliation beyond residential schools is critical in the coming years. Artistic Director Sandra Laronde joined a circle discussion on Truth and Reconciliation with Verity members Victoria Grant (Moving Red Canoe), Elisa Levi, and Jessica Bolduc (4R's Youth Movement).

Verity Club, Toronto

Theatre of Empowerment Currents of Change: Art, Power + Politics 99th ISPA New York Congress

January 10 – 12, 2017

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde participated in a Long Table as a speaker on Theatre and Empowerment. The global landscape is changing more quickly and to a greater degree than ever before. There is a sweeping sense of powerlessness and alienation. Disparities in equality, perceived identities, and the global realities of climate change, migration and terrorism are often overwhelming. Is it enough to reflect conversation or do cultural institutions need to engage their power and act in a more meaningful way?

Times Center, New York City