Adizokan Presented by MLT Aikins
Be transported by Adizokan – a mix of dance, video, electro-acoustic and orchestra performed by Red Sky Performance featuring local dancers, throat-boxer Nelson Tagoona, and directed by Sandra Laronde. Presented by MLT AikinsProgram Info
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Adizokan in Anishinaabemowin means “a spiritual being that carries wisdom and knowledge”. This wisdom is understood to reside in animals, rocks, trees, water, and the stars. Adizokan is a unique genre bending performance that shares Indigenous principles and connects young people to the natural world through dance and music featuring Indigenous artists and the musicians of the RSO.
- FALLA Three Dances (Suite No.2) from El sombrero de tres picos (Three-Cornered Hat)
- BRITTON Adizokan Suite
- SIBELIUS Valse Triste
- RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances Op.45
Pre Show Chat at 6:45 in Theatre Lobby
Red Sky Performance
Red Sky Performance is a leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide.
Their mission is to create inspiring experiences of contemporary Indigenous arts and culture that transform society. They drive our passion forward and elevate Indigenous arts and culture in ways that celebrate, uplift, and respect Indigenous cultures.
Now in their 21st year of performance (dance, theatre, music and media), Red Sky’s work highlights the originality and power of contemporary performance, enabling new creations to expand the breadth and scope of Indigenous-made work in Canada.
The vision of Red Sky Performance derives from its creator Sandra Laronde (Misko Kizhigoo Migizii Kwe) which means “Red Sky Eagle Woman” in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway) language from the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water). Her vision is dedicated to expanding and elevating the ecology of contemporary performance informed by Indigenous worldview and culture.
Laronde’s concept of performance explores the relationship between movement, live music, theatricality, and image. Her engagement in these disciplines involves collaborations with dancers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, actors, writers, designers, researchers, and culture keepers are integral to Red Sky Performance’s distinct productions.
Red Sky Performance provides many opportunities to emerging and established artists as they hone their artistic practice through a collaborative Indigenous process, offering unique opportunities for these practitioners to thrive creatively and professionally.
Touring since 2003, Red Sky has delivered over 2,755 performances across Canada including international performances in 17 countries on four continents, including two Cultural Olympiads (Beijing and Vancouver), World Expo in Shanghai, Venice Biennale, and Jacob’s Pillow, among others. At the same time, Red Sky remains deeply rooted and invested on a grassroots level and regularly perform in urban, rural, and reserve communities across Turtle Island.
Red Sky has been the recipient of 16 Dora Mavor Moore awards and nominations, two Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, three International Youth Drama Awards from Shenzhen, China, and the Smithsonian Expressive Award, among other recognitions.
More than Dance, Red Sky Performance is a Movement.
Nelson Tagoona , throatboxer
Nelson Tagoona improvises with traditional throat singing and beat-boxing, developing a technique he has termed “throat boxing”. This unique performance has garnered Tagoona high praise throughout Canada, including being awarded at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and named one of the “Top 10 Canadian Artists under 20” by CBC Music. Tagoona performed during the opening of the Northern Scene Festival at the National Arts Centre, Pan Am Games, and at numerous other festivals and events Canada-wide.
Sandra Laronde, director
Sandra Laronde is of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water) and an award-winning arts innovator and cultural leader in Canada. Her mission in life is to reveal the hope, promise, and vibrancy of Indigenous peoples through the expression and dissemination of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artistry. As an arts leader, creator, and innovator, Sandra creates, choreographs, produces, directs, and disseminates world- renowned Canadian works of artistic value and significance.
As the founder of Red Sky Performance in 2000, Sandra’s exceptional artistry and programming contribute to building vibrant Indigenous communities across Ontario, Canada, and worldwide. Because of her mentoring and leadership, there has been substantial growth in place-based culture and innovative new approaches to programming that has raised the artistic ceiling of contemporary Indigenous artistry in Canada and throughout the world.
Sandra was also the Director of Indigenous Arts at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity from 2007 to 2017. During her 10-year tenure as Director, she realized her vision to create exceptional cutting- edge programming informed by Indigenous cultures and world views, and excelled at bringing world-class faculty to the Centre. Substantial growth for Indigenous Arts at the Banff Centre was achieved under her leadership, involving hundreds of Indigenous artists across Canada and from around the globe.
Eliot Britton, composer
Eliot Britton (b.1983) - integrates electronic, audiovisual and instrumental music through an energetic and colourful personal language. His creative output reflects an eclectic musical experience, from gramophones to videogames, drum machines to orchestras. Rhythmic gadgetry, artistry and the colours of technology permeate his works. By drawing on these sound worlds and others, Britton's compositions tap newly available resources of the 21st century. As a member of the Manitoba Metis Federation, Britton is passionate about Canadian musical culture, seeking new and engaging aesthetic directions that use technology to enhance expression.
Currently Britton is cross appointed between Music Technology & Digital Media and Composition at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. There he is building a media research-creation facility (Centre BPMC) and renovating the historical UofT Electronic Music Studios (EMS).
Nathaniel Deegan, dancer
Nathaniel Deegan is from Dakota from Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation. Nathaniel has been dancing in the Men’s Traditional category for 12 years. He has travelled across North America such as Pala California, Seminole Tribal Fair Florida, Kamloops British Columbia, just to name a few. Dancing is Nathaniel’s healing and he is proud to be a Dakota.
Teddy Bison, dancer
Teddy Bison is a Cheyenne/Lakota/Nakoda from the Ocean Man First Nation. He is an accomplished Fancy Dancer whom has travelled internationally to perform for many audiences. Father of 6, he earned his degree in Stage Design/Management at the First Nations University of Canada. He has used his extensive dance background to assist with the Choreography of The Rez Sisters production and Making Treaty 4, both at the Globe Theatre.
Canté Bison, dancer
Canté Bison is a Cheyenne/Lakota/Nakota/Cree from the Ocean Man First Nation. An accomplished fancy dancer, Cante competes internationally in the Jr. Boys division.