Two of the world's most successful Indigenous dance companies come together to create a new work that explores catalysts for migration, memory, tribal bonds, the cycle of life, and journeys that cross boundaries. Developed by Canada's Red Sky and New Zealand's Black Grace, Migration brings together dancers from opposite sides of the globe in a unique mix of traditional-inspired contemporary dance.
Conceived and directed by Sandra Laronde, and choreographed by Neil Ieremia, Migration is presented by dancers from both Red Sky and Black Grace companies, featuring explosive live music. Dancers come from the far reaches of Canada, New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa and Mexico.
Winner of a 2011 Smithsonian Institute Expressive Arts Award and a 2010 Dora Mavor Moore Award, Red Sky is Canada’s leading contemporary Indigenous performance company. Red Sky has created original work in dance, theatre and music including: Shimmer, Raven Stole the Sun and Tono, which was performed at both the Beijing and Vancouver Cultural Olympiads and opened for Canada at World Expo in Shanghai. Since then, we have traveled to four continents, and partnered with artists from Indigenous cultures around the world, including Mongolia, China, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico.
Migration was developed through the Performing Arts Commissioning Program at The Banff Centre and was premiered as part of the 2011 Banff Summer Arts Festival.