January 19, 2022
As part of the Business / Arts Speaker Series, Red Sky Executive and Artistic Director Sandra Laronde joined a panel conversation about responding to risk and navigating uncertainty in the arts sector.
The panel features arts leaders from across the country to discuss how the current wave of the pandemic is affecting arts and culture organizations, and their response to rapidly changing restrictions and realities. Speakers included:
Alex Sarian, President and CEO, Arts Commons
Belinda Bale, Director of Marketing and Communications, The National Ballet of Canada
Sandra Laronde, Executive and Artistic Director, Red Sky Performance
Nik Nanos, Chief Data Scientist and Founder, Nanos Research
Regina Symphony Orchestra Music Director Gordon Gerrard will sit down for a pre-show chat with Sandra Laronde, director of Red Sky Performance. This is a great way to get some in-depth knowledge about the evening’s performance, Adizokan.
Adizokan is a unique, genre bending performance that shares Indigenous principles and connects the audience to the natural world through dance and music, featuring Indigenous artists and the musicians of the RSO.
Access to the pre-show chat is included with show ticket.
Red Sky Performance is hosting a Masterclass at Simon Fraser University’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre). Instructors will be Trace performers Lindsay Harpham and Jessica Mak.
Participation is free with registration. Register here
Executive & Artistic Director, Sandra Laronde, gave a lecture on Indigenous contemporary dance at Simon Fraser University to a group of 50 students in the Dance program at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts.
Red Sky Performance hosted an open rehearsal of Trace during our residency at the Del E. Webb Center in Wickenburg, Arizona. 25 people attended, getting an exclusive look into the rehearsal process.
Executive & Artistic Director Sandra Laronde participated in a 1.5-hour interview for a crowd of approximately 40 people at the Del E. Webb Center in Wickenburg, Arizona.
Red Sky Performance hosted an open rehearsal of Trace during our residency at the Del E. Webb Center in Wickenburg, Arizona. A dozen people attended, getting an exclusive look into the rehearsal process.
October 6, 2021
Executive & Artistic Director Sandra Laronde participated in a forum on “Building the Narrative of Toronto” for the City of Toronto and Destination Toronto. This forum focused on what the narrative of Toronto is, and how we make Toronto a better city.
October 2, 2021
After a performance of Trace at Dance Place in Washington, DC, a Q&A session was held with Red Sky Performance Executive & Artistic Director Sandra Laronde, Dance Place Artistic Director Christopher K. Morgan, musician Rick Sacks, and dancers Connor Mitton and Jessica Mak.
September 30, 2021
Red Sky Performance, in collaboration with Dance Place (Washington, DC) held a conversation and masterclass at City Dance Center in Maryland. The conversation with Red Sky’s Executive & Artistic Director, Sandra Laronde, was followed by a masterclass for approximately 40 diverse dance students led by Red Sky dancers.
September 27, 2021
A 60-minute virtual workshop on Truth & Reconciliation designed for educators was held with Carlie Chase of Nawaska Consulting and Cobblestone Collective. The workshop explored ways that educators can support Indigenous students and honour Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing in the classroom. Click here to see the recording of that lesson.
September 28, 2021
Executive & Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was interviewed by Kathryn Maguet, Executive Director of Bucknell University’s Weis Center for the Performing Arts, before that evening’s performance of Trace in Lewisburg, PA.
September 23-24, 2021
Red Sky presented masterclasses led by Red Sky dancer Lindsay Harpham at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.
September 20-21, 2021
Red Sky dancers presented a masterclass for high school students at the State University of New York (SUNY) on Sept. 20 in Oswego, New York, on Onondaga Territory. The next day, Red Sky’s Executive & Artistic Director, Sandra Laronde, was a guest lecturer at SUNY, speaking with approximately 100 students during their Intro to Native American Studies class.
September 17, 2021
Atlantic Ballet/Ballet Atlantique offered a unique opportunity to experience Indigenous culture through a stunning performance of Trace at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton, NB. On September 17, 2021 Trace was performed live on stage and streamed live online. This one-of-a-kind event by Atlantic Ballet was offered as part of their work leading up to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.
Red Sky Executive & Artistic Director, Sandra Laronde, did a Q&A prior to the performance.
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.