||April 15, 2011
Temagami’s Sandra Laronde Honoured
Sandra Laronde, whose family lives in
Temagami, identifies herself as being from the Teme-Augama-Anishnaabe people
there. Ten years ago she formed Red Sky Productions – a contemporary Dance,
Theatre & Music company. The success of Red Sky has been remarkable leading to
many awards. On June 1, 2011 she will receive an honorary doctorate at the
Convocation at Trent University. The following is the
citation for her recognition.
award-winning director, producer, choreographer, performer and creative leader
Ms. Laronde created Red Sky, Canada’s leading company for contemporary world
Indigenous performance in dance, theatre and music. Since its inception in
2000, Red Sky performances have captured the imagination of close to 350,000
people from six countries on four continents. Her world stage line-up includes
the multi-award winning Tono at the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad; opening
for the 2010 World Expo Shanghai in China; 2008 Beijing Cultural Olympiad; and
the International Arts and Culture Festival in Inner Mongolia, among others.
Currently, Ms. Laronde is also the Director of Aboriginal Arts at The Banff
Centre, the globally respected arts and cultural institution.”
Sandra’s mother Barbara lives in
Temagami as does her businessman brother David, a geophysical consultant and
leader of The Deep Water musical group.Sandra’s sister Mary works at the Union
of Ontario Indians in North Bay. Sandra has great affection for Temagami and
visited in November for her mother’s 80th birthday.The Raven
Stole the Sun production was performed in Temagami a couple of times 2 years
On her blog Sandra thanks Temagami for a
lot of the inspiration “that comes from the beautiful vast land that I am from.
I am from 1,600 islands, 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) of shoreline, fresh and
deep water. This is the place that my parents are from, my grandparents, my
great-grandparents, my great-great grandparents and so on down this incredible
Sandra holds a Bachelor of Arts
(Honours) degree from the University of Toronto and studied Spanish Language &
Literature for a year in Granada ,Spain.
Red Sky's Tono
Red Sky performed at the Capital Centre
in North Bay in 2005 and family & friends joined her there. Her father’s sister
Jeanette Lalonde is married to the late Albert Lalonde, Grey Owl’s grandson and
Sandra wrote an introduction in the catalogue for the major art exhibition
about Temagami’s Angele Egwuna, Grey Owl’s first wife that ran in North
Bay & Temagami in 2005-2006.
Red Sky opened the 18th
Annual Natural Aboriginal Awards on March 18th and appeared on APTN &
Global on April 9th 2011. The company will perform at the National
Museum of the American Indian in New York April 15-16 2011. The Great Mountain
will perform at the Barroquisimo Festival in Puebla, Mexico on April 27, 2011.
Red Sky's Raven
Stole the Sun
The new family theatre dance piece
called The Great Mountain is scheduled for presentation in 2011 across Canada
and Red Sky’s 10th Anniversary Gala is in preparation.
A new dance creation between Red Sky & New Zealand’s Black Grace is also
planned. In September they will be on the road again so look
for a location near you or schedule one by checking their website.
www.redskyperformance.com where lots of other information on Red Sky is
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