On 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.
On June 21, as part of our National Indigenous Peoples Week programming, Red Sky led 5 exciting digital workshops for schools, getting people on their feet and having fun with movement, voice and music.
Getting On Your Feet workshops introduce students to the world of theatre, dance, music and voice. Workshops led by Red Sky Associate Artist and dancer Samantha Sutherland.
Throatboxing workshops introduce students to throat signing and beatboxing in one dynamic vocal workshop. Workshops led by Red Sky artist and throatboxer Nelson Tagoona.
Romeo Public School, Stratford, Ontario
Getting on Your Feet with Jock Soto
WHEN: April 17, 2021 at 1:00-2:00 PM EST
WHERE: Online (via Zoom)
As part of the Red Sky Performance webcast experience, join the movement with Jock Soto for a virtual dance workshop.
The workshop will be taught by former New York City Ballet principal dancer who is now an associate artist with Red Sky Performance, Jock Soto (Navajo). Jock will teach ballet techniques incorporating fitness exercises while respecting the limitations of your space at home.
This workshop is an initiative of Danse Danse (Montreal) offered in collaboration with Red Sky Performance (Toronto), DanceHouse (Vancouver), National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Harbourfront Centre (Toronto) and Springboard Performance (Calgary).
December 3-13, 2020
Red Sky will be part of Canadian Stage’s Festival of Ideas and Creation, a digital space for artists and audiences to come together, build and feed the creative imagination, and enhance community connections.
On December 3, Red Sky and Canadian Stage co-present Wisdom Keepers: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants with Robin Wall Kimmerer, hosted by Sandra Laronde.
December 8, 2020
Red Sky is invited to present at The Mayor’s Evening for the Arts which supports Arts in the Parks and the COVID-19 Response Effort Initiatives of Toronto Arts Foundation. With participation from Mayor John Tory, this year’s event will take place in an immersive online space with digital performances.
November 16-20, 2020
Artistic Director Sandra Laronde participates and presents in the Virtual Indigenous Encounters of Culture, Art & Design in the Americas 2020. The symposium shares Indigenous perspectives and knowledge in Indigenous performing arts, design, film, narrative and poetry, cultural heritage, women’s current affairs, and youth with a focus on building a data network, creating exchanges across regions and building future projects and collaborations.
From November 6, 2020 to March 31, 2021
Artistic Director Sandra Laronde participates in CAPACOA’s International Market Development Committee which will undertake targeted initiatives and showcase Canada on world stages. This digital exchange between Canada and Chile will focus around key markets of interest, and support Canadian industry leaders as catalysts for collaborative exchange. The IMDC 2020 Initiative explores network development in the era of COVID-19 with a view to advantageously position Canada in a post recovery environment.
October 12, 2020
Red Sky participated in the “Every Child Matters” video campaign as part of the Orange Shirt Day project created to commemorate the residential school experience and to honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families.
Thursday, September 23, 2020
We are so proud to announce that arts leader and innovator Sandra Laronde is the recipient of the 2020 Celebration of Cultural Life Award from the Toronto Arts Foundation and Toronto Arts Council which recognizes excellence and celebrates leadership and life through the arts.
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Sandra Laronde joined an online #CreativeBoost: Countdown to Business panel with Danijela Gorey (Photographer), Daniijela Weddings (Photographer), Gordon Shadrach (Visual Artist), SOLITAIR (Artist/Producer & Songwriter), and moderator Snjezana Pruginic. The panel is geared towards artists, creatives, and cultural workers who are thinking about starting a creative business during or post COVID-19 and want to learn from experienced creative entrepreneurs. Panelists shared their personal stories on business planning, how they managed challenges like the COVID-19 crisis, and tips on how to prepare a business for the future.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Empatheatre is a responsive, action-led research and theatre-making process which capitalizes on the potential of the theatre experience to unpack the inner-workings of social rupture. South African theatre-maker Neil Coppen led a workshop examining the history and impacts of South African social-justice theatre movements. Neil Coppen is a South African theatre-maker and activist who has won several awards for his playwriting, design and direction work including the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Drama 2011 and the 2019 Olive Schreiner prize for Drama. He explored the challenges that arise with theatricalizing research and shaping effective storytelling advocacy strategies. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session.
November 18, 2019
Red Sky Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was invited to join the honourable Mayor John Tory’s head table at the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The event raised $1.48 million dollars for Arts in the Parks and the Creative City Initiatives of the Toronto Arts Foundation.
October 11, 2019
Leo Nickerson Public School, St. Albert, Alberta
Associate Artist Eddie Elliott facilitated a workshop with with Grade 4 children from the Leo Nickerson Public School in St. Albert, Alberta. Students and teachers learned about traditional culture, movement games, and voice in a fun and inspiring workshop.
October 8, 2019
While on tour in Western Canada, Red Sky Associate Artist Jera Wolfe and dancer Lindsay Harpham led a movement workshop for the local community in partnership with Free Flow Dance and Dance Saskatchewan.
October 3, 2019
Red Sky Associate Artist Jera Wolfe participated in Fall for Dance North’s What is Indigenous Dance? panel discussion on October 3 at Ryerson Theatre in Toronto. The event was moderated by Michael Greyeyes, Artistic Director of Signal Theatre, and featured an international mix of Indigenous artists.
September 30, 2019
Red Sky Performance was honoured to be part of the Honouring of Truth and Reconciliation event at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC commemorating the thousands of children who did not make it home from residential schools. We led the procession of the ceremonial cloth bearing the names of over 2,800 children. This special event was broadcast by APTN on September 30, 2019.
September 26, 2019
Red Sky Artistic Director Sandra Laronde and General Manager Kathy Morrison attended a reception in honour of the Visit of a Sydney Delegation of Indigenous Place-Making in Urban Centres, hosted by Her Honour Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell at Queen’s Park.
September 26, 2019
In partnership with Laurentian University, Red Sky Associate Artist Eddie Elliott led a workshop based in both contemporary movement and traditional Maori dance forms and storytelling methodologies.
September 23, 2019
Red Sky’s Artistic Director Sandra Laronde and General Manager Kathy Morrison participated in Re-Shaping How We Understand the Impact of Arts at the Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto which focused on the outcomes of the AHRC Cultural Value Project followed by an illuminating arts panel discussion and round table talks among Toronto’s arts community.
September 15-16, 2019
Artistic Director Sandra Laronde attended the International Indigenous Performing Arts Touring Network Global Discussion and the Moshkamo Indigenous Arts Festival at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
September 10, 2019
Washington, D.C, USA
Artistic Director Sandra Laronde had the honour of being invited to the John F. Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts in Washington D.C. for the REACH Opening festival for First Nations Cultures. This year’s festival focused on celebrating First Nations cultures: The People We Are with special guest speaker Yalitza Aparicio Martínez, Academy Award-nominated actress for her debut role in Alfonso Cuarón’s 2018 film Roma.
January 4 – 8, 2019
Artistic Director Sandra Laronde provided mentoring experience to US-based Indigenous artists through Western Arts Alliance’s Advancing Indigenous Performance Program (AIP) is a new program established by the Western Arts Alliance with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. AIP deepens support for Indigenous performing artists and touring networks in ways that are rooted in the shared values of openness, inclusion, equity and generosity. The initiative aims to provide educational and professional development resources for US-based Indigenous artists that will build audiences for Indigenous performing arts.
Association of Performing Arts Professionals, The Hilton
New York City
November 24, 2018
Following the performance of TRACE at Kingston’s Grand Theatre, Red Sky’s Executive & Artistic Director Sandra Laronde and artists engaged with audience members during an extended post-show Q&A.
The Grand Theatre, Kingston, ON
November 8, 2018
Journey across the multiverse with TRACE, a sumptuous new dance and live music creation exploring Anishinaabe sky and star stories at 8 pm, followed by a REDTALK: ISHPIMING: The Above World with Melanie Goodchild at 9 pm. This unique REDTalk featured Melanie Goodchild who spoke to the shifting colonial narratives and about the world above while introducing Anishinaabe cosmology and star knowledge.
Berkeley Street Theatre, Toronto, ON
October 29-31, 2018
Red Sky’s Adizokan suite was performed at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s School Series to students from all over the Greater Toronto Area. Students had an opportunity to speak with artists, including soloist throat-boxer Nelson Tagoona, who led an interactive audience participation exercise.
Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Ontario
October 25-26, 2018
Wrapping up an extensive tour of Northern Ontario, the cast of Mistatim spent 2 days with students at English Catholic Central School in New Liskeard, ON giving them the opportunity to work up close and personal with professional performers in learning basic voice and body warm-ups, confidence building, theatre games, and movement.
English Catholic Central School, New Liskeard, ON
October 24, 2018
The cast of Mistatim crossed the provincial border to arrive at Kiwetin School, giving them the opportunity to work up close and personal with professional performers in learning basic voice and body warm-ups, confidence building, theatre games, and movement.
Kiwetin School, Timiskaming First Nation, QC
October 23, 2018
Continuing to tour through Northern Ontario, the cast of Mistatim spent an afternoon with the students of the Laura McKenzie Learning Centre on Bear Island, giving them the opportunity to work up close and personal with professional performers in learning basic voice and body warm-ups, confidence building, theatre games, and movement.
Laura McKenzie Learning Centre, Temagami First Nation
October 17, 2018
While on tour in Northern Ontario, the cast of Mistatim spent an afternoon with the students of St Basil’s Elementary School, giving them the opportunity to work up close and personal with professional performers in learning basic voice and body warm-ups, confidence building, theatre games, and movement.
St. Basil’s Elementary School, Sault Ste. Marie, ON