Director: Mark Wilson
Story: Tomson Highway
Music: Rick Sacks (chamber version)
Barbara Croall (large orchestral version)
Choreography: Peter Chin, Carlos Rivera
Lighting Design: Steve Lucas
Costume Design: Cheryl Lalonde
Caribou Song tells the story of two Cree children in Canada's north who follow the caribou by dogsled with their family. When a herd of caribou thunders through their camp, their parents worry the children have been trampled. Instead, the children find a magical way to embrace the spirit of the caribou and the transformative power of the natural world.
"…natural and percussive sounds that resonate as powerfully as the performances."
– NOW Magazine
- Premiere of large orchestral version with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, February 2000
- World Premiere of large orchestral version with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall, February 2002
- Premiere of chamber version with 3 musicians, Murten Festival in Switzerland, March 2003
- 70 – 80 musicians for large orchestral version, 2 dancers, 2 crew
- 3 musicians for small touring version, 2 dancers, 2 crew
- 20 minutes running time
"…the wildly successful children's show".
– Dance International
"Red Sky has everything to do with theatricality and the imagination...remarkably evocative."
– Edmonton Journal
"My beginnings were magical beyond belief. I was born and grew up in a garden of Eden, a northern paradise that was pure and magical."
– Tomson Highway on Caribou Song, Globe & Mail
"I want to tell you how spellbinding YOU are - absolutely charming and luminescent."
– Veronica Tennant, C.C.