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.

COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

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Pre-Show Chat w/RSO Music Director Gordon Gerrard

November 27

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.

 

SFU Lecture: Indigenous Contemporary Dance

November 23

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.

Open Rehearsal, Trace

November 1

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.

Conversation with the Artist

October 28

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.

Open Rehearsal, Trace

October 27

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.

Building the Narrative of Toronto

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.

Trace Post-show Discussion Panel/Q&A

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.

Interview & Masterclass

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.

Pre-show Interview with Sandra Laronde at Bucknell University

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.

Masterclass & Guest Lecture at State University of New York, Oswego

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.

Trace at Ballet Atlantique IMPACTfest

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.

Bell Media Video Project on the Toronto Islands

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.

Red Sky Performance at the 2021 Collingwood Summer Music Festival

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.

National Indigenous Peoples Week Workshops

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

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).

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.