Community Connections

Red Sky engages in both short and long term projects with communities. We offer arts development revitalization projects, educational outreach initiatives, mentoring initiatives, artistic and community development through dialogue, lecture presentations, company classes, workshops, open rehearsals, and behind-the-scenes activities in order to enrich our communities. Red Sky also offers unique master classes, which reflect our goal to provide intimate face-to-face exchanges with professional artists, community and others who can share their experiences, skills and pass on seasoned advice.

While on tour, we facilitate opportunities for communities to engage in in-depth dialogues on art and culture. We also offer lively Red Sky Workshops for children, youth and adults on dance, music, theatre and Indigenous culture. Click here for more information on workshops.

Red Sky's Community Initiatives to date:

Red Sky opens TEDxRyersonU

February 11, 2017 | 10:30 am

Red Sky’s artistic director Sandra Laronde and special guest Rosary Spence open TEDxRyersonU to Ryerson University's community members from different faculties and industries, including 200 faculty, staff, and students.

Glenn Gould Studio at CBC, Toronto

Conversation with the University of Illinois

February 10, 2017 | 3 pm - 4:50 pm

Red Sky's associate artist Carlos Rivera along with Samantha Brown, Dustin Luck and Sarah Barton dialogue with faculty and students in University of Illinois' Theatre Program Designers, props and costume makers, stage managers, and other production students were in dialogue with Red Sky about our experience on the road, the logistics of touring, our creative process and our company.

University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois

Meet & Greet with the Native American House and Native American and Indigenous Student Organization

February 9, 2017 | 5 pm - 7 pm

Red Sky artists associate artist Carlos Rivera, Samantha Brown and Dustin Luck meet students for an informal conversation at the Native American House and with the Native American and Indigenous Student Organization in Urbana, Illinois as part of “Krannert Uncorked”.

Our Country, Our Conversation: A Verity Speaker Series
Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

January 25, 2017 | 6:00 p.m.

The first stage of the journey of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is now complete. After 6 years of consultations, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada completed its final report in June of 2015. With that were 94 calls to action. But the journey of Truth and Reconciliation is far from over. The urgent need for reconciliation runs deep in Canada.

Expanding public dialogue and action on reconciliation beyond residential schools is critical in the coming years. Artistic Director Sandra Laronde joins a circle discussion on Truth and Reconciliation with Verity Members Victoria Grant (Moving Red Canoe), Elisa Levi, and Jessica Bolduc (4R's Youth Movement)

Verity Club, Toronto

Theatre of Empowerment
Currents of Change: Art, Power + Politics
99th ISPA New York Congress

January 10 – 12, 2017

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde participated in a Long Table as a speaker on Theatre and Empowerment. The global landscape is changing more quickly and to a greater degree than ever before. There is a sweeping sense of powerlessness and alienation. Disparities in equality, perceived identities, and the global realities of climate change, migration and terrorism are often overwhelming. Is it enough to reflect conversation or do cultural institutions need to engage their power and act in a more meaningful way?

Times Center, New York City

National Arts Centre

December 1, 2016

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde attended the announcement of the National Creation Fund at the National Arts Centre.

NAC Salon, Ottawa

CINARS

November 14 - 19, 2016

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde attended the 17th CINARS Biennale from November 14-19 2016 where there were more than 1500 attendees from 40 countries. She continues to build further international touring opportunities, and solid relationships with professionals from all over the world.

Montreal, Quebec

Truth and Reconciliation Summit

October 28 - November 1, 2016

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was a thought-leader at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity to speak to Arts and Culture and its place in Truth and Reconciliation. Banff Centre brought together national figures in the TRC conversation and local Bow Valley community residents to explore the roles in the reconciliation process.

Banff Centre, Alberta

Canadian Race Relations: Art and Inclusion

October 26 - 27, 2016

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was a panelist on Art and Inclusion as part of a national conference titled Inclusive Canada 2017 and Beyond. This two-day national conference brought communities together through interactive presentations and hands-on breakout sessions to discuss the challenges and promises ahead.

Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Bison Belong

September 30, 2016

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde attended the Redx Talk and community events around the Buffalo Treaty in Banff on September 30, 2016. This day of events, ideas, engagement, Indigenous food, music, art and dialogue will precede the historic signing of the Buffalo Treaty – a treaty signed and upheld with the intent to re-introduce free ranging buffalo back to their traditional territory in Alberta.

Whyte Museum, Banff, Alberta

AGO Creative Minds

September 20, 2016

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde attended the AGO Creative Minds event at Massey Hall in Toronto on September 20, 2016. The Art Gallery of Ontario, Massey Hall, CBC and The Banff Centre partnered to create this event with the support of Jonas and Lynda Prince. Artists Andre Alexis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Deepa Mehta and Rebecca Belmore spoke about social justice and the political and cultural barriers to inclusion and equality.

Massey Hall, Toronto

Theatre du Soleil Workshop

August 11 – 12, 2016

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde facilitated a workshop along with Taane Mete and Jock Soto for Robert LePage's Kean Project with Theatre du Soleil.

Lazlo Funtek Building, Banff, Alberta

Centre for Canadian Citizenship

July 1, 2016

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde attended the Centre for Canadian Citizenship evening soiree and meet and greet in Toronto on July 1, 2016 with Adrienne Clarkson.

Canada 150th Pan-Canadian Signature Initiatives

July 2016

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde attended the Canada 150th Pan-Canadian Signature Initiatives Announcement through the Department of Canadian Heritage at Brickworks in Toronto.

Brickworks, Toronto

Workshop with Aboriginal Youth

May 30, 2016 | 10 am - 2 pm

Red Sky partnered with Two Wheel View (TWV) and the Native Ambassador Post-Secondary Initiative (NAPI) at the University of Calgary. NAPI is a community-based Aboriginal youth outreach program designed to motivate and empower Aboriginal youth to become future leaders.

Banff Centre, Alberta

International Society for the Performing Arts

May 28 – June 6, 2016

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde pitched Backbone as part of the 98th International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) Congress in Melbourne, Australia. Backbone was selected from a competitive pool of 56 applications worldwide by ISPA's Pitch New Works Committee. Twice a year, 10 submissions are selected to be "pitched" to more than 400 performing arts professionals from over 50 countries at ISPA's annual Congresses. This resulted in touring activity overseas.

Arts Centre Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia

National Theatre School

May 15 - 17, 2016

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde and Associate Artist Meegwun Fairbrother assisted with the audition process of the National Theatre School with their selection of new students from the Toronto area.

Sesquicentennial Signature Initiative – Toronto Symphony Orchestra

April 15, 2016

It is with delight that we announce that Artistic Director Sandra Laronde has agreed to curate a Sesquicentennial Signature Music Initiative for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's (TSO) in 2017. Currently, she also serves on the Sesquicentennial Advisory for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Programming for the project will explore current and past Canadian composers, Canada's Indigenous musical legacy and ongoing practice, Canadian songwriters, culturally diverse music practice, and film composers.

Public Member Appointment at Civic Theatres Toronto, Board of Directors

April 5, 2016

Most recently, Sandra accepted a Public Member Appointment by the Toronto City Council to serve as a member of the Civic Theatres Toronto Board of Directors. In addition to the new Civic Theatres, she is also appointed to the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts, and the Toronto Centre for the Arts Boards of Directors for the purpose of merging theatre operations under the new Civic Theatres Toronto organization.

National Arts Centre

February 13, 2016

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was invited by the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for a full-day consultation to discuss steps for their new programming of Indigenous Theatre and the hiring of their new artistic director at the NAC in 2017.

National Theatre School, Montreal, Ontario

Ontario's Culture Talks

February 10, 2016

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was invited to Ontario's Culture Strategy sessions to speak about strengthening cultural priorities and what the province can do to support Indigenous artists towards greater professional success.

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Toronto, Ontario

Going Home Star

On February 5 – 6, 2016

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was invited to speak on a panel for Arts + Reconciliation as part of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's production, Going Home Star: Truth and Reconciliation held at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. She spoke on the panel with Artistic Director Andre Lewis, librettist Joseph Boyden, associate Tina Keeper, composer Christos Hatzis. She also invited to their VIP reception hosted by TD Bank and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sesquicentennial Advisory

February 1, 2016

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was invited to participate on the Sesquicentennial Advisory for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra that is part of a Signature Initiative of the Canadian Heritage. Programming for the project will explore current and past Canadian composers, Canada's Indigenous musical legacy and ongoing practice, Canadian songwriters, culturally diverse music practice, and film composers.

Vancouver, British Columbia
International Society for the Performing Arts

January 13, 2016

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was invited by the Canada Council for the Arts to a special networking reception with Canadian movers and makers of the arts at the Québec Government Office in New York City, along with the Ontario Arts Council and Sens Production.

New York City, New York

January 12 – 14, 2016

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde attended the International Society for the Performing Arts in New York City, a global network of more than 400 leaders in the performing arts with representation from more than 50 countries and all regions of the globe.
Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Sens Production

Indigenous Innovation Summit

November 17, 2015

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was asked to speak at the first-ever Indigenous Innovation Summit in Winnipeg on Indigenous Art, Culture & Innovation on November 17 – 20, 2015. She met with artists, thought leaders and community members during this conference.

Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba

Lied Centre at the University of Kansas

On November 2, 2015, Director Sandra Laronde was asked to give a keynote on Indigenous Contemporary Arts & Culture at the Lied Center which is affiliated with Kansas University.

Commons Room, Kansas University

PowwowFIT with James Jones

Saturday Sep 26th and Sunday Sep 27th, 2015 at 2:45PM and 4:00PM, 30 minutes per set on both days.

PowWowFIT is a fun, high-intensity, Indigenous-inspired dance exercise that targets a full-body workout from head to toe. Think dance fitness, with a twist of yoga, mixed with traditional Pow-wow style.

James Jones (Cree) is a hoop, grass and fitness trainer who has performed all across Europe, China, Australia and North America. He is currently hoop dancing on a world tour with A Tribe Called Red.

Fort York Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, Ontario

A partnership with On Common Ground Festival: Festival of Music, Arts + Community + Fort York @ Toronto + Red Sky Performance.

Banff, Alberta
Backbone showcase at the Western Arts Alliance

September 1, 2015

Red Sky Performance and dancers presented an excerpt at an international showcase hosted by the Western Arts Alliance on September 1 in Vancouver. Red Sky was one of just four Canadian dance companies chosen to participate in the showcase which included more than 400 presenters, agents and producers from around the world.

BBC Radio 3

September 2015

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC Radio 3) contacted Artistic Director Sandra Laronde regarding the possibility of making a recording of Tanya Tagaq's live performance of Nanook of the North which will be presented on October 9 & 10. BBC Radio 3 ran a special season called ‘Magnetic North' which is devoted to music from the north. This BBC Radio 3 broadcast aired in December 2015.

Vancouver, British Columbia
Guest Speaker on two panels at the Western Arts Alliance

August 31, 2015

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was invited to be a guest panelist on two panels at the Western Arts Alliance: (1) to discuss Cultural Protocol and International + Domestic Touring; and (2) to discuss Creation + Control in Collaborations.

Reception at Lieutenant Governor's Suite

June 12, 2014

By invitation from The Honourable David C. Onley, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, along with Luminato Festival and Toronto Arts Council - Red Sky attended a reception to celebrate the Canadian Premiere of Stones In Her Mouth. Choreographed by Lemi Ponifasio, with New Zealand-based company MAU.

Lieutenant Governor's Suite - Toronto, Ontario

CBC Television Feature - Moccasins and Concrete: the Urban Native Story

May 19 and June 21, 2014

Red Sky Performance was one of many Aboriginal leaders to be featured in Moccasins and Concrete: the Urban Native Story by Bobby Brown debuted on 5 pm EST on Monday, May 19, 2014 on CBC Television.  It aired again on National Aboriginal Day on June 21, 2014.  Other celebrities include Gabrielle Scrimshaw, Jennifer Podemski, and our very own Sandra Laronde.

Glenn Gould Studio, CBC, Toronto, Ontario

Carlos Rivera & The Little Creek Drummers

May 1, 2014

Associate Artist Carlos Rivera Martinez performed with the Little Creek Drummers in Vaughn, Ontario as part of a special gala event.

The Bellvue Manor - Vaughn, Ontario

National Theatre School of Canada Auditions

March 13, 14 & 27, 28, 2014

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was invited to audition 115 potential candidates for The National Theatre School of Canada.

Tarragon Theatre - Toronto, Ontario

RED Talks

March 17, 2014

Red Sky held its second RED Talks which is a hip, intimate arts series where arts, culture, enterprise and ideas connect. RED Talks was proud to present an evening with Duke Redbird and the Red Power Movement, a highly mobilized and vibrant initiative that highlighted issues through social protest in the 1960's and 70's.

The Drake - Toronto, Ontario

New Sun Conference on Aboriginal Arts

March 1, 2014

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was invited to speak at the 13th Annual New Sun Conference on Aboriginal Arts at Carleton University. This conference is a celebration of Aboriginal artistic achievement with a focus on experiential learning, and the transformative potential of both Indigenous pedagogy and the creative arts.

Carleton University - Ottawa, Ontario

APAM Roundtable

February 18-22, 2014

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was invited by the Australia Government and the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade to speak at a roundtable and panel at APAM that brings the sector together to exchange ideas, experience new Australian work, engage in critical dialogue, build skills and partnerships, find new collaborators and investors, and network with national and international peers.

Brisbane, Australia

Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business Gala

February 4, 2014

Red Sky attended the Canadian Council of Aborignial Business (CCAB) Gala Dinner that fosters sustainable business relations between First Nations, Inuit and Metis people and Canadian business.

Ritz Carlton Hotel - Toronto, Ontario

Expressing Aboriginal Cultures

January 23, 2014

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde presented Red Sky at Expressing Aboriginal Cultures at the Aboriginal Education Centre in order for teachers to learn about the vibrant Aboriginal arts scene in Toronto.

Aboriginal Education Centre - Toronto, Ontario

Imagining a New Economy for the Arts

January 14 – 16, 2014

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde attended the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) in New York City. ISPA is a global network for more than 400 leaders in the performing arts with representation from more than 50 countries and all regions of the globe.

Times Centre, New York City

Canada's 150th Anniversary

December 11, 2013

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was invited by Minister Shelly Glover of Canadian Heritage to participate in the first consultation roundtable with community representatives to discuss regional, historical, and cultural considerations in terms of how to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation which takes place in 2017.

Mattamy Athletic Centre, Toronto, Canada

5-Day Dance Seminar

December 2 – 5, 2013

Artistic Associate Carlos Rivera returned to Montreal with a 5-Day Seminar at Studio 303. This seminar workshop introduced contemporary dancers and dance movement artists to the traditional dance forms of North American Indigenous peoples.

Studio 303, Montreal, Canada

Equity Sounding

October 24- 25, 2013

Artistic Director Director Sandra Laronde was invited by the Canada Council for the Arts to participate in a two-day Equity Sounding session. The Equity Office advances equity and promotes equitable access to Council's programs and services by developing policies, programs and strategies with Council divisions and arts communities. It was a part of a larger process that the Canada Council for the Arts is currently undertaking to generate ideas and establish priorities for future policy and program directions.

Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa, Canada.

Roundtable with Russia

October 4, 2013

Red Sky was invited to participate on a Roundtable with Russia, along with prominent arts leaders in Toronto. Both Sandra Laronde and Laure Fournier attended the roundtable at the Toronto Arts Council. The purpose of the visit was that the Agency of Cultural Initiatives in Russia was researching Toronto arts and cultural development models and policy models.

Toronto Arts Council, Toronto, Canada

TED Talks

September 26, 2013

We performed to over 900 delegates as we opened TED Talks at Toronto's Koerner Hall. Over a dozen speakers and performers joined together onstage to deliver powerful and inspiring talks on the theme The Choices We Make. As well, the satellite event at CSI was packed and thousands viewed the livestream online, with more than 35 million social media impressions.

Koerner Hall, Toronto, Canada.

Red Sky Performance at the Couchiching Institute

August 8 - 11, 2013

The 82nd Annual Summer Conference focuses on Coming Together as One: Navigating the Relationship Between Indigenous Peoples and Canada.

This landmark event is held at Geneva Park near Orillia Ontario, on the shores of Lake Couchiching. Along with our artistic director, Sandra Laronde, other stellar speakers include:  Roberta Jamieson, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, The Right Honourable Paul Martin, Hon. James Bartleman, Sheelah McLean, Sheila Fraser, Chuck Strahl, Andy Mitchell, Kathleen Mahoney, Glenn Nolan, Aaron Paquette, Caleb Behn, Michael Redhead Champagne, and Wes Fine Day.

The Couchiching Institute, Geneva Park, Canada

Indigenous Music Creators Project

August 5, 6, 7, 2013

Red Sky's Indigenous Music Creators Project is an innovative, music-driven initiative for Indigenous Music Creators and Composers that seek to create and/or score music for dance and theatre.  This project provides a stimulus to Indigenous music creators and composers in a highly interactive and intimate learning environment.

ArrayMusic
155 Walnut Avenue
Toronto
Workshop:  August 5, 6, 7, 2013 (10 am - 4 pm)
Concert:  August 7, 2013 at 8 pm

Aboriginal Economic Business Development Project

May 21, 2013

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde participates in an Aboriginal Economic Business Development Project (AEBDP) that seeks to create an environment where a diverse cross-section of Aboriginal groups and individuals can engage with academic, government, business and industry supporters to support a visioning process, allowing for multiple "points of integration".

Through this initiative, AEBDP targets both Aboriginal youth and adults and focuses on meaningful skills development, mentorship, internships and "experience with real life work situations".  The recommendations also call for program development between the private sector, trade unions, and educational institutions to "create employment incentives, upgrading, apprentice, special education and training programs focusing specifically on the education and training needs of Aboriginal peoples.

Native Women's Resource Centre
191 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, Ontario
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Central American and Caribbean Meeting on Contemporary Dance

May 6 - 17, 2013

Associate Raul Talamantes participates in the Encuentro Centroamericano del Caribe para el Estudio de la Danza Contemporanea  |  The Central American and Caribbean Meeting to Study Contemporary Dance at National University of Costa Rica.

Escuela de Danza | School of Dance
UNA National University
Heredia, Costa Rica

Presenter's Program

April 25 - May 4, 2013

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde has been invited by the National Arts Centre as part of the Presenters Program to attend the Northern Scene Festival which highlights performing arts talents from the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut.

National Arts Centre, Ottawa
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

National Dance Week 2013

April 24, 2013

Red Sky participates in Dancing in Diversity as part of the National Dance Week, presented by The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) and Cultural Pluralism Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) in partnership with Dancemakers. This national campaign leads up to International Dance Day as part of the “I love dance/J'aime la danse” and embraces the rich and varied landscape of Canadian dance. Red Sky shares the stage with companies and artists such as Sampradaya, Kashedance, Little Pear Garden, Lua Sheyenne and Company, Olga Barrios, Jazymn Fyffe, Sashar Zarif, Nova Bhattacharya, Kevin A. Ormsby and Kashedance.

Dancemakers
9 Trinity Street
Studio 313 and 314
Toronto, Ontario
7:00 – 9:30 pm

First-Ever Minaake Awards

April 10, 2013

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde will MC the first-ever Minaake Awards - Toronto Aboriginal Women's and Youth Community Achievement Awards, which celebrate the achievements of brilliant Indigenous women from all walks of life, in the Greater Toronto Area. Sandra will announce the six achievement awards in Leadership, Advocacy and Human Rights, The Good Path, LGTB2S/Two-Spirited, Challenger (Youth) and Culture Keeper.

TD Bank Tower
66 Wellington Street West
54th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
6:00pm - 8:30pm

Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations

April 9, 2013

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde participated on the jury as CCAB's Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations. This award is designed to recognize a Canadian who has contributed, through professional and voluntary commitments, to building bridges between Aboriginal people and Canadian society. Their efforts have made a substantial impact across Canada and across sectors, including the business sector. The award winner will be announced in May 2013 by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

MacKenzie Room
First Canadian Place
Toronto, Ontario
11:30 am

Keynote Speaker at CPAMO

March 21, 2013

Director Sandra Laronde has been invited to be the keynote speaker on March 21, 2013 with Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), a collaborative of Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists and presenters that empowers arts communities in Ontario, creating opportunities for these performers to engage with presenters

Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre
Toronto, Ontario
March 21, 2013
9 am

Speaker at Vancouver International Dance

March 9 - 12, 2013

Director Sandra Laronde was invited to be a guest speaker at The Gathering conference at the Scotiabank Dance Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia from March 9th to the 12th, 2013. The Gathering was presented by the Vancouver International Dance Festival and Kokoro Dance in association with The Dance Centre. The conference supported performing artists in finding strategies to enhance professional touring opportunities for their creative work, and focused on culturally diverse and Indigenous dance artists and performances.

Scotiabank Dance Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia
March 9 - 12, 2013
10am - 5pm

Meet the Artists Workshop

March 25, 2012

The cast of Raven Stole the Sun held an artistic development workshop with members of New Native Theatre and associates who are training to be performers. The cast led the group in exercises to build performance and acting techniques and provided advice to emerging artists.

Stepping Stone Theatre
St. Paul, MInnesota, USA
10:00am

Meet The Artists Workshop

March 24, 2012

The cast of Raven Stole the Sun were hosted by New Native Theatre for a "Meet the Artists" workshop at the Stepping Stone Theatre in St. Paul, MInnesota. Audience members had the opportunity to interact with the cast, ask questions about the perofrmance, the creative process and how the piece was concieved and produced.

Stepping Stone Theatre
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
4:00pm

Dance, Voice and Movement Workshop

March 7, 2012

The cast of The Great Mountain led a workshop for a group of students from O'Chiese School outside of Rocky Mounatin House in Alberta. The students were led in exercises that included singing, dancing, acting and cultural expression.

O'Chiese School
Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
3:00pm

Red Sky facilitates Inuit performer to participate in The New Year Gala of 2012

December 31, 2011

Red Sky facilitated Inuit performer, Vinnie Karetak (Arviat, Nunavut), to participate in The New Year Gala of 2012 on Beijing Television which is the second largest TV station in China, with reach of over 200 million viewers.

5-Day Dance Seminar

November 28 - December 2, 2011

Red Sky offered a 5-day dance seminar where participants explored the use of elements such as rhythm, shape, and concept by learning basic traditional dance forms. Through structured improvisation exercises, participants developed their ability to incorporate these elements into their own dance vocabulary.

Studio 303
Montreal, QC
9:30am - 12:30pm

Dance, Voice and Movement Workshop

November 13, 2011

Three members of the Raven cast led a workshop for a group of young children. The participants got the opportunity to work with the cast learning basic movement, songs and theatre games.

Fletcher Hall (Carolina Theatre of Durham)
Durham, North Carolina, USA
3:00pm

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde receives Honorary Degree from Trent University

June 1, 2011

On behalf of the Senate, Dr. Steven E. Franklin, the president of Trent University announced that Red Sky's founder and artistic director Sandra Laronde will be one of the five outstanding individuals who will receive an honourary degree at convocation ceremonies on June 1, 2011.

"The University was unanimous in its approval of these distinguished individuals as Trent University's honorary degree recipients for 2011," said Dr. Steven E. Franklin, president and vice-chancellor at Trent. "All distinguished Canadians who have contributed significantly to our society and our world, each will represent a unique and powerful perspective to our graduates at Trent's 44th convocation ceremonies."

Trent University's 2011 convocation ceremonies will be held over a 3-day period, with two ceremonies on June 1 - 2, and one ceremony on June 3.

Each of the following individuals will be presented with an honorary degree at this year's ceremonies and includes: The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, Craig Kielburger, Rick Beaver, Lauren Woolstencroft, and of course, our very own Sandra Laronde.

Trent University
Peterborough, Ontario

Dance, Voice and Movement Workshop

February 5, 2011

The Great Mountain cast led a workshop for a group of Aeolian employees and volunteers at The Aeolian Performing Arts Centre in London, Ontario. The participants got the opportunity to work up close and personal with the cast in learning basic voice and body warm-ups, basic Aboriginal dance steps, and created theatre through a theatre game using bamboo poles. The participants were encouraged to learn to “take the stage and introduce themselves.”

The Aeolian Performing Arts Centre
London, Ontario
2:00pm

Dance, Voice and Movement Workshop

February 4, 2011

The Great Mountain cast led two workshops for elementary school and highschool students at The Aeolian Performing Arts Centre in London, Ontario. The first workshop consisted of 15 high school students in Grades 11 and 12 who learned the importance of proper warm-ups for their bodies and voices and how to work as an ensemble using techniques taught and practiced by theatre actors. They also learned basic Aboriginal dance steps and “free-styled” to music using these steps. The second workshop consisting of about 55 elementary school students in Grades 4 and 5 were also taught the basics of warm-ups and basic Aboriginal dance steps and were further encouraged to improvise, play theatre games and learn about the challenges of theatre and scenework through play.

The Aeolian Performing Arts Centre
London, Ontario
11:00am
1:00pm

National Executive Committee 2012 Governor General's Canadian Leadership

February 3 - 4, 2011

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde meets with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and the National Executive Committee of the 2012 Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference to assist the Conference. The Conference is Canada's top leadership development that was created to help build Canada by enhancing the capabilities and comprehension of emerging leaders in business, labour, government and the community sector.

Rideau Hall
Ottawa, Ontario

CPPAMO Audience Building Workshop

January 28, 2011

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde spoke on the creative process, artistic and cultural influences and how this fits into Canadian culture today.

Continuing on from its success, this full day session built on the previous ones and provided an opportunity for presenters and performers to discuss common issues and concerns related to staging performances by Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists.

This workshop involved presentations by Ken Coulter (Oakville Theatre), Eric Lariviere (Markham Theatre), Cheryl Ewing (Ontario Contact) and Costin Manu (Rose Theatre) who discussed what presenters need to do to set up a season's schedule, the criteria and methods they use to select performances and how performers can build a relationship with presenters.

To compliment this, a number of performers made presentations on how their companies create their work, the influences (traditional, modern, contemporary) on their work and how it fits into Canadian culture today. Some of these artists include: Sandra Laronde (Red Sky Performance), Lata Pada (Sampradaya Dance Creations), Brainard Blyden-Taylor (Nathaniel Dette Chorale) and Julia Chan (Diasporic Dialogues).

Markham Theatre
Markham, Ontario
1:00pm

CPPAMO Audience Building Workshop

November 7, 2010

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde spoke on Audience Building and Marketing at CAPACOA (Canadian Arts Presenting Association) as part of Cultural Pluralism in the Performing Arts Movement Ontario (CPPAMO) to presenters, funders and colleagues. She spoke on how presenters can increase attendence, what presenters/performers need to know to increase their interest in what is being presented on stage, what Aboriginal and ethno-racial communities need to know to be interested and what research would be useful in assisting in this area, among other key questions.

As part of CAPACOA, Red Sky received a standing ovation for our 15-minute excerpt of Tono from national presenters, colleagues and funders.

CAPACOA
Westin Hotel & National Arts Centre
Ottawa, Ontario
1:00pm

Performance Art, Experimental Theatre and Dance Workshop

October 20, 21 & 22, 2010

Premiere Native American conceptual artist James Luna (USA) and performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña (Mexico) present a 3-day residency workshop in Toronto on October 20, 21 and 22, 2010.

Red Sky Performance and Toronto Free Gallery are pleased to present a 3-day residency and workshop led by Luna and Gómez-Peña. The workshop will have a focus on performance art and the human body as a site for creation, reinvention, memory and activism. Daily exercises will be borrowed from multiple traditions including performance art, experimental theatre and dance. There are only 10 spots available. Please send letter of interest and cv to: info@redskyperformance.com.

Deadline to apply is September 25th, 2010.

Voice and Movement Basics Workshop

May 17, 2010

This mixed group of 14 workshop participants gathered together to learn the basics of movement, voice, and an actor's focus. Greg Templeton, an active participant, loved the experience: "Jam packed! Song, dance, improv- all in an hour! I was impressed."

Vanier Catholic Community School
Edson, Alberta
7:00pm

Traditional Dance Workshop

May 11, 2010

25 participants in grade 8 and grade 9 learned tradtitional grass dance moves and participated in a round dance with the Raven cast.

Valemount Secondary School
Valemount, British Columbia
1:00pm

Dance, Voice and Concentration Workshop

March 31, 2010

In two groups, the Raven cast led 50 grade 6 students at Lord Roberts Junior Public School through dance, voice, and concentration exercises designed to build an actor's awareness. Students also had an opportunity to ask questions on a one-on-one basis.

Lord Roberts Junior Public School
Scarborough, Ontario
10:20am

Backstage Tour and Dance Workshop

March 19, 2010

The Raven cast led a group of 75 participants from junior high and high school in experiencing a backstage tour to see the inner workings of the stage; a dance workshop, where they learned moves from the story's Raven Hop; and an up close and personal session with the Raven himself.

Festival Place Theatre
Sherwood Park, Alberta
10:40am

Focus, Concentration and Collective Movement Workshop

March 10, 2010

The Raven cast led a group of 18 youth and adult workshop participants in exploring focus, concentration and collective movement, allowing Red Sky to connect with the community of Medicine Hat.

Medicine Hat High School, Legacy Room
Medicine Hat, Alberta
1:30pm

Dance and Improv Workshop

March 2, 2010

12 participants in first and second year college and three teaching staff focused on dance and improv, and applying different methods to perform along with the Raven cast.

Keyano College
Fort McMurray, Alberta
2:00pm

Red Sky facilitates Inuit performers to attend the Spring Festival Global Gala in Beijing

February 15, 2010

Red Sky facilitated three Inuit performers to participate in the "The North meets South" event in Beijing. Kendra Tagoona (Baker Lake, Nunavut), Becky Mearns (Pangnirtung, Nunavut), and Vinnie Karetak (Arviat, Nunavut) will perform as part of the "Spring Festival Global Gala" on Beijing Television which is the second largest TV station in China. As part of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Beijing, their performance will be broadcast on February 15, 2010 with an audience reach of over 200 million viewers.

Master Class on Indigenous Music

February 8, 2010

Artists-in-residence at The Banff Centre's Music & Sound Department thoroughly enjoyed Red Sky's Master Class on Indigenous Music including live singing, Indigenous worldview, musical inspiration, and Indigenous instrumentation. This Master Class featured the live music featuring three performers from Red Sky's highly acclaimed Tono, a dance and live music production.

The Bentley Chamber Music Studio
The Banff Centre
Banff, Alberta
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde delivers keynote address at the 2009 Blackfoot Arts Awards

October 30, 2009

Sandra Laronde delivers an inspirational keynote address at the 2009 Blackfoot Arts Awards in Lethbridge, Alberta. Organized by the Lethbridge Aboriginal Festival Society, the Blackfoot Arts Awards recognizes artists from the Blackfoot Confederacy for their contribution to Blackfoot identity, pride and inspiration. Award recipients include: Adrian Stimson (Siksika), Eldon Weasel Child (Siksika), Jack Gladstone (Blackfeet), Val Good Rider (Pikani), among others.

Red Sky's Deep Waters Project in Temagami

April 17, July 21-22, and October 19, 2009

Red Sky's exciting pilot project, the Deep Waters Project, kick started a revitalization of professional arts development in Temagami. Working with the Temagami Artistic Collective, Red Sky's performance of Raven Stole the Sun was the first of four events happening in the Temagami area that generated a ripple of excitement throughout the community.

The Deep Water Project included: (1) two performances of Raven Stole the Sun on April 17, 2009 at the Municipality of Temagami and the Temagami Public School; (2) on October 19, 2009, there was a performance for children at the Laura McKenzie Learning Centre on the Bear Island Reserve on Lake Temagami; (3) a Deep Waters music concert on July 22, 2009 at the Temagami Arena featuring music sensation Shane Yellowbird, and (4) a Music Career Strategies and Voice Workshop for 16 participants on June 21st at the Dream Keepers Café. This event brought together Elders, traditional drummers, musicians, singers, storytellers, theatre and dance artists who are intimately connected to northern landscape and its immense beauty.

Aboriginal artistic talents included singers/musicians The Eight Thunderbirds led by Jamie Saville, and featured eight young men from the ages 21 to 33 from the Bear Island Reserve and Notre Dame du Nord in Temiskaming; the Deep Water Band led by David Laronde featured performers from Temagami, Cobalt, and New Liskeard, and special guest singer Shane Yellowbird from Hobbema, Alberta was featured with two non-Aboriginal Toronto musicians Glenn Baker and Owen Ehgoetz. A post-concert bonfire was held and an informal jam session ensued with community and artists.

The audiences were from Temagami, Bear Island, North Bay, Latchford, Cobalt, Haileybury, New Liskeard Notre Dame du Nord and as far as Mississauga. It included a mix of local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal residents, Canadian and American cottagers, educators, and tourists. Audiences were very enthusiastic and community dialogues on art, culture, the north and Aboriginal culture, followed many of the programming activities.

Temagami, Ontario

Associate artist Carlos Rivera teaches at the Atlantic Dance Festival

June 28, 2009

Carlos Rivera teaches a dance workshop on traditional and contemporary Indigenous dance styles at the Atlantic Dance Festival.

DansEncorps Studio
Atlantic Dance Festival
Moncton, New Brunswick
2:00 pm

Red Sky's Artistic Director at the 2009 Canada Dance Festival

June 26 - 28, 2009

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde serves on the Advisory of the 2009 Canada Dance Festival's “Dancing In, Through and Between Cultures Toward a Space of Mutuality”. Other advisors include Brian Webb, Michael Greyeyes, Denise Fujiwara, Lata Pada, Cathy Levy, Natasha Bakht, Joyce Rosario, Bakari Eddison Lindsay, among others.

Salon
National Arts Centre
Ottawa, Ontario
9:30 – 5:30 pm

Red Sky's Artistic Director at the Dancing Community in Canada

June 16, 2009

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde is a panelist along with Bill Coleman, Lisa Doolittle and Judith Marcuse at the Dancing Community in Canada: Ideas, Practices, Outcomes at the University of Calgary, presented by the Society for Canadian Dance Studies.

Evans Room, Rozsa Centre
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta
9:30 – 11:00 am

Luminato Reel Series: Tono: Seed 2 Stage

June 7, 2009

A mini documentary on the creation of Red Sky Performance's Tono, a three-country project speaking to the tribal identities of Indigenous peoples, their shamanic histories, and the plains horse cultures of North America and Asia.

Artists from Canada, Mongolia and China in attendance

National Film Board
150 John Street
Toronto, Ontario
11:00 am

Artistic Director in a lunchtime tête-à-tête with Luminato

June 6, 2009

Come hear Sandra Laronde (Founder & Artistic Director of Red Sky and creator of Tono) in a lunchtime tête-a-tête with Chris Lorway (Artistic Director of Luminato). Come hear and learn about the creative fire, process and production of this exciting three-country production of Tono.

ROOTS Flagship Store
100 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario
12:30 – 1:30 pm

Red Sky Soirée with artists direct from Mongolia

June 2, 2009

Mix, mingle and hear local traditional First Nations drummers, MorningStar Rivers Singers, and singers and singers and musicians direct from Mongolia.

Red Sky Soirées are performance cafés that share the appreciation of Indigenous artistic expression, and stimulate the creative fire within all communities.

Native Canadian Centre (Auditorium)
16 Spadina Road
Toronto, Ontario
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Cultivation Event with Red Sky

May 28, 2009

A sneak preview of Red Sky's newest creation. Hear live Mongolian singers and musicians up-close-and-personal' and meet Artistic Director Sandra Laronde, the creative force behind Red Sky Performance and Tono.

Tono is featured as part of the cultural programming of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and will be part of the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.

WNED Buffalo-Toronto loft
477 Richmond St. W. Suite 602
Toronto, Ontario
6:00 pm

Red Sky Soirée with Carlos Rivera

May 20, 2009

Carlos Rivera is a dancer, teacher and choreographer of traditional and contemporary dance. Carlos has been an associate artist with Red Sky for the past nine years.

Red Sky Soirées are performance cafés that share the appreciation of Indigenous artistic expression, and stimulate the creative fire within all communities.

Free Times Cafe
320 College Street
Toronto, Ontario
6:30 pm

Red Sky Soirée with Julie Choquette

May 13, 2009

Julie Choquette will perform a 15-minute piece and will then speak about what it takes to be a contortionist and an aerial acrobatic.

Red Sky Soirées are performance cafés that share the appreciation of Indigenous artistic expression, and stimulate the creative fire within all communities.

Toronto Dance Theatre
80 Winchester Street, Studio A
Toronto, Ontario
6:30 – 7:30 pm

Red Sky at The Banff Centre for National Aboriginal Day 2008

June 20, 2008

Red Sky celebrates National Aboriginal Day at The Banff Centre that featured Mongolian singers and musicians along with art displays and a reading by Dr. Cora Voyageur.

The Banff Centre
Banff, Alberta
11:00 am

Artistic Director visits Naadam Festival in Mongolia

June 13 – 15, 2007

Artistic Director attends the Naadam Festival, a national event that combines the cultural and artistic expression with the nomad Olympics in Ulanbaatar, Mongolia.

Artistic Director speaks on Indigenous Performance at the University of Toronto

April 4, 2007

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was a Guest Lecturer on Indigenous contemporary performance and Red Sky's creative process.

University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

Artistic Director is a Guest lecturer at Brock University

March 20, 2007

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was a Guest Speaker on “Empowerment Through the Arts” as part of the second annual Aboriginal Women's Day that celebrates positive Aboriginal women in today's society, leadership, social justice and artistic expression.

Brock University
St. Catherine's, Ontario

Workshop at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre for the Urban Aboriginal Alternative High School

February 1, 2007

Co-presented by the Canada Dance Festival and the National Arts Centre, Artistic Director Sandra Laronde recently facilitated a workshop in Movement and Voice for 15 students of the Urban Aboriginal Alternative High School at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre in Ottawa. Components of the workshop included Red Sky's creative process, a presentation of DVD excerpts of Red Sky's performances, and an interactive component including movement, voice, and improvisation.

Odawa Native Friendship Centre
Ottawa, Ontario

Red Sky presents Tomson Highway Flies With A Little Help With His Friends

October 27 - 29, 2006

Photo of writer Thompson Highway playing the piano as mezzo soprano Patricia Cano sings.
A charming and whimsical cabaret in English, French, and Cree for all audiences.

Featuring the incredible Tomson Highway on piano, the incomparable mezzo soprano Patricia Cano, and saxophonist extraordinaire Uli Kempendorff from Berlin.

This cabaret will feature selections from The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito and selections from Highway´s musical, Rose, part of his "Rez" cycle.

Gibsone Jessop Gallery
Distillery District, Bldg 4 - 55 Mill Street
Toronto, Ontario
October 27-29 at 8:00pm

Native Canadian Centre
16 Spadina Road
Toronto, Ontario
October 29 at 2:00pm

Theatre/Music Mentorship

October 24 - 26, 2006

Five aspiring performers learn more about theatre and music in terms of breaking down scripts and examining elements of music. This mentorship with accomplished director and professor at York University, Mark Wilson, includes sneak previews, behind the scenes work, and performances of renowned Tomson Highway (playwright, composer, lyricist, pianist) and Patricia Cano (mezzo soprano/actress) and Uli Kempendorf (saxophonist) in Tomson Flies with a Little Help from his Friends.

Red Sky Studio
Toronto, Ontario

Master Class with Michael Greyeyes Co-presented with the Canada Dance Festival

June 7, 2006

Master Class with Michael Greyeyes on Viewpoints Improvisation

National Arts Centre
Ottawa, Ontario

Dance Dialogues at the National Arts Centre Co-presented with the Canada Dance Festival

June 6, 2006

Dance Dialogues:
(1) Pre-Show Chat with Artistic Director Sandra Laronde with Aboriginal youth from the Urban Aboriginal Alternative High School and Wabano Health Centre.
(2) Post-Performance Discussion with David, Greyeyes and Laronde on Shimmer's creative process and traditional/contemporary dance with Canada and Australia

National Arts Centre
Ottawa, Ontario

Dance Workshop with York School

May 10, 2006

Dance workshop with Grade 9 students at York School.

Dovercourt Penthouse
Toronto, Ontario

Red Sky's Artistic Director Sandra Laronde will be featured in a new episode on APTN's Venturing Forth

April 12, 2006

Many Aboriginal women prevail over unimaginable odds to achieve success and to thrive. Success comes in many forms - “Aboriginal Women – Journeys” introduces audiences to three outstanding women and features Artistic Director Sandra Laronde.

Airs on APTN Wednesday, April 12th at 1500 EDT / 1200 PDT
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

Sandra Laronde invited to the Distinguished Lecture Series at University of Toronto

March 27, 2006

Red Sky's Artistic Director Sandra Laronde appears at the University of Toronto's Distinguished Lectures Series. She lectures on Contemporary Indigenous Performance in Canada. Co-Sponsored by the Aboriginal Studies Program and the First Nations House, University of Toronto.

Koffler Institute
569 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
7:00pm Lecture

Red Sky Workshop at Second Northwest University of Nationalities in China

March 9, 2006

Red Sky music and dance workshop with the Music Department at the Second Northwest University of Nationalities.

Second Northwest University of Nationalities
Yinchuan, China

Red Sky at the Sichuan Arts Professional School in China

March 7, 2006

Red Sky dance workshop at the Sichuan Arts Professional School.

Sichuan Arts Professional School
Chengdu, China

Artistic Director speaks at the Arts Institute of the Southwest University for Nationalities

March 6, 2006

Red Sky's Artistic Director Sandra Laronde speaks on the creative process at the Arts Institute of the Southwest University for Nationalities.

Arts Institute of the Southwest University for Nationalities
Chengdu, China

Artistic Director receives Medal for Good Citizenship

February 7, 2006

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde receives a medal for Good Citizenship, which pays special tribute to those Ontarians whose lives exemplify excellence and achievement in the finest order. Sandra was honoured with one of Ontario's 38 official silver medals, presented by the Honourable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Recipients must have made outstanding public contributions through exceptional efforts. This award reflects their acts of selflessness, generosity and kindness, and exceptional contributions to community life.

Red Sky Workshop with Parry Sound Community

January 15, 2006

Red Sky workshop on theatre, dance and music at the Charles W. Stockey Centre in Parry Sound, Ontario.

Charles W. Stockey Centre
Parry Sound, Ontario
2:00pm Performance
3:30pm Workshop

Red Sky Workshop with Cantebury High School in Ottawa, Ontario

December 9, 2005

Red Sky workshop on artistic process and the multidisciplinary approach to performing arts.

Cantebury High School
Ottawa, Ontario

Red Sky Workshop at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario

November 27, 2005

Red Sky workshop on artistic process and theatre for third and fourth year drama students at Brock University.

Brock University
St. Catherines, Ontario

Red Sky Workshop at the Maritime Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Halifax, Nova Scotia

November 10, 2005

Red Sky workshop for children exploring movement, song, and exercises for the imagination at the Maritime Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Maritime Conservatory for the Performing Arts
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Red Sky Workshop with schools from Annapolis Valley First Nation in Nova Scotia

November 9, 2005

Red Sky workshop for the Highbury Education Centre (Youth at Risk), and Central Kings High School from Annapolis Valley First Nation in Nova Scotia.

Red Sky Post-Performance Salon at the Algoma Fall Festival

November 2, 2005

Post-Performance Salon: Storytelling and Cultural Practice with Red Sky and Bea Shawanda.

Algoma Fall Festival
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Artistic Director is a Guest Instructor at the National Theatre School

April 7 - 8, 2005

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde teaches at the National Theatre School in Montreal, Quebec as part of Ondinnok's Theatre Intensive with NTS. Red Sky works with Emerging and Intermediate Aboriginal actors in a Voice & Movement workshop.

National Theatre School
Montreal, Quebec

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde is featured in "Sharing the Inspiration" Leadership Forum

March 16, 2005, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

The 3rd Annual National Aboriginal Women in the Leadership Forum co-presented by Women in Leadership Foundation and Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.

Toronto, Ontario

Artistic Director is a Guest Lecturer at the University of New Mexico

February 14, 2005

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde is a Guest Lecturer for the Indigenous Performing Arts program.

University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Artistic Director is a Guest Lecturer on Performance Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University

February 2, 2005

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde speaks on Performance Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University. The purpose of this lecture is to give graduating actors and dancers the tools they need to mount a show, or to start a company, and to inspire the students to self-start new initiatives by sharing Red Sky's story of success.

Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario

Artistic Director wins the Aboriginal Affairs Award from the City of Toronto

December 9, 2004

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was a recipient of the Aboriginal Affairs Award from the City of Toronto on the occasion of Human Rights Day.

Hosted by Mayor David Miller and Andy Barrie of Metro Morning CBC Radio One, the Aboriginal Affairs Award honoured the contribution of a person(s) whose efforts have made a significant contribution towards improving the quality of the life for the Aboriginal community in Toronto.

According to Sandra Laronde, "this award represents the recognition of the entire Aboriginal community and its significant role in the social change in the City of Toronto."

Red Sky at the Toronto International Pow Wow

November 27 – 28, 2004

Red Sky's interactive festival booth attracted thousands of people at the Toronto International Pow Wow, the largest annual pow wow in North America.

Toronto, Ontario

Red Sky joins the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. on the occasion of the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)

September 20, 2004

The Embassy presented a program of events inspired to complement the NMAI's grand celebrations that involve Canadian Aboriginal artists in the fields of visual arts, storytelling, music, dance and literature.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, presents Red Sky Performance in celebration of the Grand Opening of the museum on the National Mall.

Sun Spirits (Caribou Song & Raven Stole the Sun)
John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center
Washington, D.C.
3:30pm

IDEA - World Congress Festival

July 5 - 6, 2004

Sun Spirits (Caribou Song & Raven Stole the Sun)
IDEA - International Drama/Theatre & Education Association
Academic Hall, University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario

Artistic Director chosen to participate in the Governor-General's Canadian Leadership program

May 7 - 21, 2004

In 2004, Red Sky's Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was one of 225 Canadians chosen to participate in the Governor-General's Canadian Leadership program that celebrates promising leaders making a significant impact on Canada. In May, Sandra participates in a two-week intensive travelling to three provinces, and will meet luminaries such as Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa; Guy Laliberté, Cirque du Soleil; Zacharias Kunuk, filmmaker of Atanajurat: The Fast Runner.

Master Class with Carlos Rivera

March 26 - 28, 2004

Master Class with Carlos Rivera on Traditional & Contemporary Dance Forms. Carlos Rivera is a core performer with Red Sky, and a dancer, teacher and choreographer of traditional Mexican and contemporary dance.

Maddison Studios
Toronto, Ontario
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Teacher Orientation Session at Harbourfront Centre

March 8, 2004

Teacher Orientation session for primary school teachers to better understand and appreciate First Nation's artistic and cultural expression.

Harbourfront Centre
Toronto, Ontario

Master Class with Makka Kleist On Stage Presence

December 7, 2003

These unique master classes reflect Red Sky's goal to provide the opportunity to theatre, dance, music, storytelling and film professionals for intimate face-to-face exchanges with others who can share their experiences, skills and pass on seasoned advice.

Makka Kleist is an accomplished actor, director and teacher. She is Inuk originally from Greenland, and has trained extensively with Tuukkaq Theatre in Denmark, and performed in Tuukkaq's "Nattoralik", "Kattutta, "Eqqartuussisuaraq", and "Uaajeerneq in Greenland, Scandinavia, Holland, France, Germany, United States and Canada. She has also worked with Silamuit Theatre, North Atlantic Cultural Cooperation, Native Earth, and was a coordinator for the Inuit Circumpolar Conference in Nuuk and Kuujjuaq in Greenland.

Guild Room, Equity Showcase Theatre
651 Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Toronto's International Pow Wow

November 29 - 30, 2003

Red Sky's interactive festival booth attracted thousands of people at the Toronto International Pow Wow, the largest annual pow wow in North America.

Thousands of people from the Aboriginal and mainstream communities, and from all parts of Ontario, Canada and the U.S. attended this event. Red Sky provided and distributed information, signed visitors on to our mailing list, promoted upcoming events, and provided audiences with the opportunity to watch performance excerpts of Red Sky on a looped DVD.

Toronto, Ontario

Red Sky as part of Creative Places & Spaces International Conference

October 18, 2003

Sandra Laronde and Rick Sacks performed an excerpt of Caribou Song at the "Creative Places & Spaces" international conference of 500 delegates at Toronto's Design Exchange presented by Toronto Artscape in association with the Canadian Urban Institute and Artspace Projects of Minneapolis.

Toronto, Ontario

Artistic Director speaks at joint initiative sponsored by Canada Council and Department of Canadian Heritage

September 24 – 25, 2003

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde is a guest speaker at a joint initiative sponsored by Canada Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage called “Perspectives on Innovative Management Practices in Small-mid scale and Community Based Arts Organizations” for Canada Council's board and staff.

Red Sky Workshop at the Splitting the Sky Festival

August 23, 2003

An inspiring Movement and Voice workshop for emerging Aboriginal performers at the Splitting the Sky Festival hosted by the Indigenous Artistic Service Organization of British Columbia.

Western Canadian Theatre
Kamloops, British Columbia

Dancing Americas excerpt at Harbourfront's World Fare

July 19, 2003

Sandra Laronde and Carlos Rivera perform dance excerpts from Red Sky's Dancing Americas.

A stunning new dance piece conceived by Sandra Laronde with choreography by Peter Chin. These excerpts explore the First Peoples of the Americas through the metaphor of the migratory Monarch butterfly.

Ann Tindall Stage
Harbourfront Centre, York Quay
235 Queen's Quay Centre
Toronto, Ontario
2:30pm

Master Class on Deer Dance and Mayo Culture with Carlos Rivera

April 1, 2003

These unique master classes reflect Red Sky's goal to provide intimate face-to-face exchanges with professional artists, community and others who can share their experiences, skills and pass on seasoned advice.

Gardiner Museum
Toronto, Ontario

Artistic director a Guest Lecturer at the University of Toronto

March 31, 2003

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde lectured at University of Toronto's Introduction to Aboriginal Studies on Aboriginal art and culture.

University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

Artistic director a Guest Lecturer at York University

March 30, 2003

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde lectured at York University's undergraduate dance class on contemporary Indigenous dance

York University
Toronto, Ontario

All Things are Connected Community Celebration with Red Sky

February 23, 2003

Red Sky's sneak preview of excerpts from Dancing Americas with Red Sky's Artistic Director Sandra Laronde, choreographer Peter Chin and performers Carlos Rivera, Marina Acevedo and Andrea Zavala at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas West, Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Series 8.08

February 22, 2003

Excerpt of work-in-progress, Dancing Americas, at the YMCA in Toronto.

YMCA
Toronto, Ontario

Red Sky Workshop at the National Theatre School in Montreal, Quebec

November 8 - 10, 2002

Movement and Voice Workshop for "Ateliers d'initiation au theatre pour les autochones" with Ondinnok at the National Theatre School in Montreal.

National Theatre School
Montreal, Quebec

Artistic Director a Guest Lecturer at York University

October 31, 2002

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde Lectured at York University's Master of Arts' research seminar on contemporary Indigenous dance.

York University
Toronto, Ontario

Artistic Director a panelist at the 2002 On the Move Conference

January 19, 2002

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde participated on the Emerging Platform panel at the 2002 On the Move Conference at the National Ballet of Canada.

National Ballet of Canada
Toronto, Ontario