Red Sky's Presenting Series

Red Sky Presenting Series offers inspiring and leading Indigenous creators and companies from across Canada and around the globe, and introduces audiences to diverse Indigenous artists in theatre, dance, music, comedy and film.

Here are some highlights of our Presenting Series:

Every Step You Take

April 4, 2013 at 6:30pm

Red Sky and Verity present

Every Step You Take with Jock Soto

Join us for an evening with acclaimed dancer Jock Soto who will read from his intimate memoir Every Step You Take. Jock Soto was just 16 when George Balanchine selected him to join the New York City Ballet company where he eventually became the most choreographed dancer in the company's history.

A principal dancer, his 24-year career included featured roles in over 40 ballets that were created for him by Peter Martins, Jerome Robbins, Christopher Wheeldon and Lynne Taylor-Corbett. The New York Times raved: "Ballet is a man named Jock".

After an acclaimed 24-year performing career at one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world, he retired from dancing in 2005. He was the subject of a critically acclaimed PBS documentary, Water Flowing Together, and his memoir Every Step You Take was published in 2011 by HarperCollins. Currently, he is also an Honorary Board Member at Red Sky Performance.

He will read from his memoir, Every Step You Take, and will then join Red Sky's Artistic Director Sandra Laronde, in an up close and personal conversation.

Intimate and moving, Every Step You Take shows the honest and inspiring evolution of a remarkable man, a brilliant artist, and a living legend.

A book signing with Jock Soto will follow the event.

WHEN:
Thursday April 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm

WHERE:
Toronto Room, Verity Club
111d  Queen Street East (in between Church and Jarvis) Toronto

COST:
$20 at the door.

 

Water Flowing Together

April 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Photo: Gwendolne Cates

Water Flowing Together is a compelling, intimate portrait of one of the most recognized and influential modern ballet dancers in the world, Jock Soto.

Of Navajo heritage, Soto was just 16 when George Balanchine selected him to join the New York City Ballet where he eventually became the most choreographed dancer in the company's history. Soto danced featured roles by George Balanchine, Peter Martins, Jerome Robbins, and Christopher Weldon that had often been created for him.

While Jock Soto is an artist who found his medium of expression in dance, the film explores more than Soto's career- it is as much about the complexities of the man, about heritage, identity and transition.

Water Flowing Together, a film by Gwendolen Cates.

(Jock Soto will be in attendance).

"Ballet is a man called Jock." ~ The New York Times

Camera Lounge
1026 Queen St. West (at Ossington)
Toronto, Ontario
Friday April 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Tickets: $20 at the door only.

 

Canadian Premiere of La Nostalgia Remix

October 23, 2010

James Luna and Guillermo Gomez-Pena singing with female performer in red in the background

Presented by Red Sky Performance and Toronto Free Gallery

Since the early 90's, performance artist/writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Native American conceptual artist James Luna have worked on an ongoing project titled The Shame-man meets El Mexican't, in which they challenge assumptions and lazy thinking about ethnicity and culture with a strong dose of melancholic humour and sharp-edged conceptualism. By using performance, writing, photography and video, the artists have remained flexible and relevant to our shifting culture.

Launched in 2007, La Nostalgia Remix is the last project in The Shame-man...series. The artists explore nostalgia as style, a form of resistance, and reinvention. Remix is a series of "live performances for an imaginary bar" that explore the cultural, symbolic and iconographic dimensions of nostalgia both on the Native American "rez" and in the Chicago "barrio". The performance/installation has been designed specifically for this unique site (Tranzac) and will never be performed in the same way.

James Luna (Puyukitchum/Luiseno) resides on the La Jolla Indian Reservation in North County San Diego, California. Luna's exhibition and performance experience spans 30 years. His installations have been described as transforming gallery spaces into battlefields, where the audience is confronted with the nature misinterpretations, all from an Indigenous perspective.

La Nostalgia Remix is co-presented with Native Women in the Arts, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art.

La Nostalgia Remix is supported by the James Irvine Foundation, the MAP Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts, the San Francisco Arts Commission's Native American Arts & Cultural Traditions Initiative, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.

The Tranzac Club, Main Hall
292 Brunswick Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
8:00pm

Tickets: $12 at the door. Advance tickets by phone +1 416 913 0461

Tono: a music concert

January 20 & 21, 2010

An evening of stunningly evocative music that connects the Indigenous cultures of Canada and Mongolia.

Featuring live music from Red Sky's highly acclaimed dance production, Tono. With Rick Sacks, and direct from Mongolia: Tuvshinjargal Damdinjav, Bat-Orshikh Bazarvaani, and Batmend Baasankhuu.

The Music Gallery
197 John Street
Toronto, Ontario
8:00 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 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, Canada
6:30 - 8:30 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 performed a 15-minute piece and then spoke about what it takes to become 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 pm

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 composer and lyricist Tomson Highway on piano, mezzo soprano Patricia Cano, and saxophonist 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
Toronto, Ontario
October 27, 28, 29, 2006
8:00 pm

Native Canadian Centre
16 Spadina Road
Toronto, Ontario
October 29, 2006
2:00 pm