Red Sky Performance, Canada’s leading company of contemporary Indigenous performing arts, founded by executive and artistic director Sandra Laronde, recently completed their 2017 season featuring three World Premieres: MIIGIS, ADIZOKAN, and BACKBONE.
The season began with the World Premiere of MIIGIS, fusing contemporary Indigenous dance with powerful live music inspired by the power of nature and Indigenous prophecy. After a wildly successful performance at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and three performances at Fort York National Historic Sitein partnership with The Bentway and the City of Toronto, Red Sky has now released the Soundtrack to MIIGIS, with original music by Julian Cote, Pura Fé, Marie Gaudet, Marc Merilainen, Pierre Mongeon, and Rick Sacks. MIIGIS is now available on iTunes, Spotify or CD. The live performance of MIIGIS will tour across Canada in 2018-19, and further developments will be announced in the new year.
The season continued with ADIZOKAN, a World Premiere/Toronto Symphony Orchestra, curated and directed by Sandra Laronde, and music composed by Eliot Britton. Exploring Indigenous connections to ancestral origins, this genre-defying creation featured 85 musicians, guest artists, dancers and film, and played to a sold-out audience at the prestigious Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto and at the >International Festival of Mayan Culture in Mérida, Mexico.
Finally, Red Sky Performance, in partnership with Canadian Stage, presented 10 sold-out shows of BACKBONE at the Berkeley Street Theatre in Toronto, and then by Live Art Dance at the Spatz Theatre in Halifax. BACKBONE, a cutting-edge dance and live music production inspired by the ‘spine’ of the Americas, was brought to life by nine dancers, with concept/direction by Sandra Laronde, choreography by Jera Wolfe, with excerpts by Ageer and Laronde, and music by Rick Sacks. BACKBONE is slated to tour across Canada in 2018, and to the Nederlands, Germany, Belgium, and Poland in January – February, 2019.
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 by Sandra Laronde (Teme-Augama Anishinaabe) continues to significantly influence the artistic evolution of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and around the world.
GIVE THE GIFT OF MUSIC, kick up your feet and listen to the original soundtrack to MIIGIS whether it be for yourself of for your hard-to-buy family and friends!
Produced by Red Sky Media
Music Creators: Julian Cote, Marie Gaudet, Pura Fé, Marc Merilainen, Pierre Mongeon, Rick Sacks
Recording Engineer and Mixing: Sydney Galbraith
Mastering: Jeff Wolpert
Produced and recorded at Desert Fish Studios, Toronto, Canada
For more info visit www.redskyperformance.