Red Sky Performance, Canada’s leading company of contemporary Indigenous performing arts, founded by executive and artistic director Sandra Laronde, is proud to kick off our fall season with the World Premiere of MIIGIS from September 15, 16 and 17, 2017 at Fort York National Historic Site.
Fusing contemporary Indigenous dance with powerful live music, MIIGIS explores the catalysts, trade routes and stories of a journey from the Atlantic Coast to the Great Lakes, and the seven prophecies marked by miigis.
With concept and direction by Sandra Laronde, MIIGIS is choreographed by associate artist Jera Wolfe. Six dancers for MIIGIS include Cody Berry, Eddie Elliott, Miyeko Ferguson, Lonii Garnons-Williams, Julie Pham, and Jera Wolfe, who will be joined by Paskwa Lightning and 12 traditional dancers. Live original music will be performed by Rick Sacks, Julian Cote, Pure Fe, Marie Gaudet, Marc Merilainen, and Pierre Mongeon, with Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie.
“We are very excited to reveal the new terrain of dance and music that immerses ourselves and audiences in the power of nature and Indigenous prophecy,” says artistic director Sandra Laronde.
A preview of MIIGIS will be presented at the prestigious international dance festival Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts in August 2017.
Internationally renowned, Red Sky Performance is Canada’s leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in dance, theatre, music, and media. This multi-award winning company founded in 2000 has significantly influenced the artistic evolution of contemporary Indigenous performing arts in Canada and around the world. We have collaborated on landmark projects with some of the most prestigious artists and companies from around the globe.
Touring since 2003, Red Sky Performance has delivered over 2,253 performances across Canada and international performances in 12 countries on four continents, including two Cultural Olympiads (Beijing and Vancouver), and opened for Canada at World Expo in Shanghai. We are the recipient of five Dora Mavor Moore awards and nominations, two Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, the Smithsonian Expressive Award, among other recognitions.
Red Sky Performance
September 15 and 16, 2017 | Dance and live music – 6:30pm
September 17, 2017 | Miigis music concert only – 3:00pm
Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto
Concept/Direction – Sandra Laronde • Choreographer – Jera Wolfe
Production Designer – Julia Tribe
Associate to Costume Designer, Cutter/Builder – Kinoo Arcentales
Associate to Production Designer – Claire Hill
Textile Artist – Alana McLeod
Dancers – Cody Berry, Eddie Elliott, Miyeko Ferguson,
Lonii Garnons-Williams, Paskwa Lightning, Julie Pham, Jera Wolfe
Musicians – Julian Cote, Pure Fe, Marie Gaudet,
Marc Merilainen, Pierre Mongeon, Rick Sacks, with Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie.
Miigis is co-commission by City of Toronto, Bentway Conservancy, and Fort York National Historic Site with the support of Canadian Heritage.