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August 6, 2004

Toronto - Red Sky, the critically acclaimed contemporary Aboriginal performing arts company will present its second Red Sky at Night performance at Toronto’s most elegant landmark, The Carlu, on Tuesday August 17 at 8 pm.

Presented as part of Harbourfront Centre and Woodland Cultural Centre’s Planet IndigenUs, Red Sky at Night promises to be a truly spectacular and hip evening of live music, dance, theatre and contortion from a line-up of outstanding international indigenous performers. Featured on the program are Canada’s Tomson Highway, Susan Aglukark, Sandra Laronde, George Leach, world champion hoop dancer Lisa Odjig; from Peru, Cirque du Soleil's Jinny Jacinto, singer Patti Cano; and mask dancer Makka Kleist from Greenland. The evening will also include excerpts from Red Sky’s celebrated works Caribou Song and Raven Stole the Sun, performed by Sandra Laronde, Carlos Rivera from Mexico, Jonathan Fisher, Rick Sacks, and Rick Shadrach Lazar.

“Red Sky at Night is a unique concept,” explains Red Sky Artistic Director, Sandra Laronde. “It’s a continuation of the international focus that’s at the heart of all our work, bringing together world indigenous cultures from around the globe to celebrate our diversity and collaborate on new artistic possibilities. Red Sky is about expanding its reach and influence to everyone, and everybody belongs under the Red Sky at Night.”

Founded in 2000 by artistic director *Sandra Laronde, Red Sky shapes innovative contemporary Aboriginal theatre, dance and music in Canada and abroad. Red Sky creates and produces original works, connects world indigenous cultures, and charts unexplored cultural links with peoples around the world. Red Sky is committed to creating original new works for both adult and family audiences on local, national and international stages.

The company recently performed its highly acclaimed work Dancing Americas, a breathtaking dance creation exploring the relationships of the First Peoples of the Americas through the metaphor of the monarch butterfly, at the National Arts Centre as part of the 2004 Canada Dance Festival.

“The grand finale (of the Canada Dance Festival) featured one of the most exciting performances of the 10-day festival: Red Sky, four Mexican and four Canadian dancers in Dancing Americas, to a haunting score developed with pre-Columbian music… Remarkable work... " - Ottawa Citizen

In September this year, Red Sky will perform both Caribou Song and Raven Stole the Sun at the prestigious John F. Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C. These shows for young audiences were recently performed at the Yukon International Storytelling Festival, Milk International Children’s Festival at the Harbourfront, San Diego State University in California, and IDEA World Congress in Ottawa.

Red Sky delivers a new horizon of innovative, contemporary Aboriginal expression. Join in the celebration of global indigenous cultures at Red Sky at Night – Tuesday August 17 at 8 pm. For tickets and information, call the Harbourfront Box Office at 416-973-4000 (1 pm – 8 pm)

The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street (7th Floor), Doors open at 7:30pm
Dress with a Sense of Occasion
*Sandra Laronde was one of 225 distinguished Canadians who participated in the Governor General’s 2004 Leadership Program, travelling across Canada, and meeting with luminaries such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Cirque du Soleil’s founder Guy Laliberté.
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