Empatheatre: A Workshop on Empathy and Social Justice Theatre Practices in South Africa
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Empatheatre is a responsive, action-led research and theatre-making process which capitalizes on the potential of the “live” theatre experience to unpack the inner-workings of social rupture. In collaboration with various stakeholders ranging from activists, performing artists, policy makers and academics, the Empatheatre team sets out to forge innovative creative responses to complex social issues.
Join South African theatre-maker Neil Coppen for this 2-hour interactive workshop examining the history and impacts of South African social-justice theatre movements. Using a variety of illuminating case studies from Empatheatre’s more recent body of work, Neil will explore the challenges that arise with theatricalizing research and shaping effective storytelling advocacy strategies. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion and question and answer session.
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.
Open to performers, playwrights, theatre-makers, dancers, academics and activists.
Suite #303, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON
To reserve a spot, RSVP to Leila Darragh at email@example.com
The Mayor's Evening for the Arts
November 18, 2019
Red Sky Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was invited to join the honourable Mayor John Tory’ 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.
Getting On Your Feet
October 11, 2019
Getting on Your Feet workshop facilitated by Associate Artist Eddie Elliott with Grade 4 children from Leo Nickerson Public School in St. Albert, Alberta. Twenty-four children and three teachers learned about traditional culture, movement games, and voice in a fun and inspiring workshop.
Leo Nickerson Public School
St. Albert, Alberta
Getting On Your Feet
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While on tour in Western Canada, Red Sky Associate Artist Jera Wolfe and dancer Lindsay Harpham led a movement workshop for local community in partnership with Free Flow Dance and Dance Saskatchewan.
Fall for Dance North
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, 2019 at Ryerson Theatre in Toronto, ON. The event was moderated by Michael Greyeyes (Artistic Director, Signal Theatre) and included an international mix of artists.
Honouring of Truth & Reconciliation
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 broadcasted 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.
Getting On Your Feet: Haka, Movement, and Storytelling
September 26, 2019
Red Sky Associate Artist Eddie Elliott led a workshop based in both contemporary movement and traditional Maori dance forms and storytelling methodologies. In partnership with Laurentian University.
Re-Shaping How We Understand the Impact of Arts
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, ON 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.
International Indigenous Performing Arts Touring Network Global Discussion
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, ON.
John F. Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts
September 10, 2019
Artistic Director Sandra Laronde had the honor to be 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.