COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

We offer workshops, classes, open rehearsals, and dialogue to enrich our communities.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Red Sky engages and enriches our communities with a range of short and long term projects. We offer arts development, educational outreach, mentoring and community development through workshops, company classes, lecture presentations, dialogues, open rehearsals, and behind-the-scenes programs.

While on tour, we facilitate opportunities within the communities we visit to engage in dialogues on arts and culture, as well as to participate in lively “Get on Your Feet” workshops in dance, music, theatre and Indigenous culture for children, youth and adults.

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Getting On Your Feet with Jock Soto

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).

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Festival of Ideas and Creation

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.

The Mayor’s Evening for the Arts

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.

Virtual Indigenous Encounters of Culture, Art & Design in the Americas 2020

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.

Canadian Association for the Performing Arts (CAPACOA)

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.

Every Child Matters 2020

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.

Celebration of Cultural Life Award

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.

Creative Boost: Countdown to Business

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.

Empatheatre: A Workshop on Empathy and Social Justice Theatre Practices in South Africa

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Toronto, Ontario

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.

The Mayor’s Evening for the Arts

November 18, 2019

Toronto, Ontario

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.

Getting On Your Feet

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.

Getting On Your Feet

October 8, 2019

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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.

Fall for Dance North

October 3, 2019

Toronto, Ontario

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.

Honouring of Truth & Reconciliation

September 30, 2019

Gatineau, Quebec

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.

Indigenous Place-Making

September 26, 2019

Toronto, Ontario

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

Sudbury, Ontario

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.

Re-Shaping How We Understand the Impact of Arts

September 23, 2019

Toronto, Ontario

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.

John F. Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts

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.

Advancing Indigenous Performance Program @ APAP

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

Trace Post-Show Q&A with Sandra Laronde

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

REDTalk: Ishpiming: The Above World

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

Adizokan @ TSO School Series

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

Getting On Your Feet: Meet The Artists Workshop

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

Getting On Your Feet: Meet The Artists Workshop

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

Getting On Your Feet: Meet The Artists Workshop

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

Getting On Your Feet: Meet The Artists Workshop

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

An Evening of Learning, Sharing and Exploring Through Conversation the Challenges of Truth and Reconciliation In Canada

September 11, 2018

An evening of conversation and learning about Truth and Reconciliation in Canada with Victoria Grant as moderator, and Special Guests Sandra Laronde, Amos Key Jr and David MacDonald.

David MacDonald grew up in Prince Edward Island. He is a graduate of Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Dalhousie University and Pine Hill Divinity Hall in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ordained as a United Church minister in 1961, he served as pastor in Alberton, PEI from 1962 to 1965. He is a former Member of Parliament and has served in Cabinet as Secretary of State, Minister of Communications, and Minster Responsible for the Status of Woman. He believes that a process of real reconciliation will require dealing directly with the major issues that have caused a rupture in the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.

Executive & Artistic Director of Red Sky, Sandra Laronde, M.S.C., O.M.C., B.A. (Hon), Hon. LL.D is originally from the Teme-Augama-Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water) in Temagami, Northern Ontario. An accomplished arts innovator and cultural leader, Sandra has conceived, developed, produced and disseminated award-winning productions that are Indigenous, multinational, multi and inter-disciplinary, and intergenerational in scope. Sandra creates exceptional new work and programming that raises the artistic ceiling of contemporary Indigenous artistry, and contributes to building vibrant Indigenous communities across Canada and worldwide.

Amos Key Jr. is a Mohawk from Six Nations of Grand River, born into the Turtle Clan of his Mother. He is an educator and staunch advocate for First Peoples Linguistic and Human Rights and Social Justice. Amos is Founder, Trustee and Chair of the new Gai hon nya ni: The Amos Key Jr E-Learning Institute and Centres of Excellence, a provincial cutting edge ‘synchronous’ E-learning private secondary school where ‘Original Youth’ can achieve their Ontario Secondary School Diploma on line, in real time, with real teachers. Gai hon nya ni: is commited to offering 4 First Nations Language Credits. Amos has been with the Woodland Cultural Centre, in Brantford, celebrating 29 years as the First Nations Languages Director, dedicating his life to supporting and stabilizing Aboriginal/First Nations languages and civilizations. He cannot wait to retire…so he can concentrate of writing and lecturing about his people and in challenging the status quo…so as to crush the glass and class ceiling.

Victoria Grant ICD.d is from the Loon Clan, Teme-Augama Anishnabai Qway, Traditional Territory is the Temagami area in Northern Ontario.
She is a member of the Temagami First Nation, a status given to her through Canada’s Indian Act.
Them most important roles in her life are a Wife, Mother and Grandmother.
Throughout her career, always with a passionate voice, in her work and in her volunteer activities has always been and continue to be an advocate for more robust Indigenous engagement.
She has served on Foundation board of directors, locally, provincially and nationally. She was co-founder and inaugural chair of the Temagami Community Foundation. Currently, she is a Past Chair of Community Foundations of Canada, Past Chair of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, director with The Counselling Foundation of Canada, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Governor General’s for the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteerism.

Verity, Toronto, Ontario

Red Sky Presents: Open Dance Class with Jock Soto

September 6, 2018

Red Sky presented an Open Dance Class with Jock Soto. Members of the public were invited to warm-up with Red Sky’s dancers, and participate in an exclusive class with the former principal dancer of the New York City Ballet, Jock Soto.

Pia Bouman School for Ballet & Creative Movement